I often reflect and ask myself the question “am I adding value to my life and to the life of others”. When I talk about “value”, in this case I am referring to something meaningful, purposeful, transformative and inspiring. I look at my life and my experiences; and think about what is the greatest “value” I can give. We all have so many strengths to chose from, but what is the greatest strength with the greatest “value”. I’ve always wanted to give the most of myself based on “who I am”, I wasn’t content with just doing something just for the sake of money.
The “value” that I added, needed to come from deep within my soul, so that I can transform my life and that of others. By synchronizing my internal activities with my external activities I would be resonating on a single frequency of creative expression. It’s very important to me that my creative expression comes from my heart, so that I can be authentic and true myself and to others. I knew that by aligning my authentic true self with my outward expressions, I was being true to myself and was bringing real “value” into my life.
I knew I couldn’t just focus on giving “value” to others, because this would be one sided, and using this approach, I would not be able to add true “value” from my heart. The “value” that you offer must first help you before it can help others. The “value” must help you to grow spiritually and emotionally, otherwise you may feel resentful by not honoring your true self. Only by honoring your true self, can you honor others. The “value” that you create needs to be meaningful to you; otherwise it becomes a form of self deception.
If the “value” that you are creating for yourself is authentic and true to who you are; then it will automatically, intrinsically contain value to others. True “value” is not being selfish, true “value” is unselfish. Because, for it to be truly valuable; it must have meaning and purpose; not only for you but for others as well. The meaning of the “value” may not resonate with everyone, but that’s OK; because it will only attract people who are at the same resonance level as you. We cannot resonate with every human being, because we are all at different stages of our spiritual journey. We only attract people with our “value” that are in similar stages of their spirituality.
The “value” that you express shouldn’t be work related, although work can come as a result of you expressing your true “value”. Your “value” should be what resonates with you the most, what is the truest in your heart. From truth comes real value, not artificial value, but real spiritual value. Spirituality underlies materialism. If we add “value” in just the materialistic sense then this is not true value, because the true underlying reality of materialism is spirituality. Only by offering spiritual “value” can the reality of “true value” be known.
The “value” that you give; can and will be transformed into a materialistic activity, but the source remains spiritual. Only spirit has the essence of quality to transform reality for the betterment of mankind. For example my writing is a physical manifestation of the “value” of my spirit, because my writing has true meaning to me. By giving myself meaning, I am also giving others meaning. True “value” has a dichotomy of existence bound by spirit.
When asking yourself the question, “am I giving the greatest value that I can give”? Ask yourself, is it true to your heart, does it reverberate with your soul. If so then you have identified the greatest “value” that you can give, which is unique to you and to your spirit. Don’t let others dictate to you; what your “value” is or even to a certain degree your experiences in life. Many people take work or their jobs to be their greatest strengths, but we must dig deeper into our souls to find true authentic “value”.
For a long time I thought my background in Information technology and business analysis was the greatest value that I could offer. However on closer inspection, the jobs that I had in the past didn’t completely resonate with me and who I was. There was only glimpses of authenticity of “value” coming to the surface, the majority of the activities were mundane and didn’t reflect who I was. One of the first things that you need to do, to identify true “value”, is to separate the “value” from external reality, meaning your jobs or your life experiences.
By using the separation process from external physical reality, you are tapping into the purity of your spirit and in turn the pureness of your “value”. Your “value” must be pure spirit, regardless of how that manifests into reality. Otherwise the “value” that you offer will not be authentic and truthful enough to transform your life and that of others. The greatest “value” you can give lies in the truth that is within your heart and soul.
We all know what is truthful in our hearts, because when something is truthful, no arguments remain. The arguments are internal dialogues within yourself justifying what you are doing. When you are adding authentic “value”, then any arguments of internal chattering disappears. Because you are coming from a place of truth and spirit. The pureness of spiritual “value” dissipates any obstacles in your mind, because you can feel the truth of your spirit.
Only by manifesting this spiritual “value” into the world will you be able to truly help others. We are all spiritual beings living in a physical reality. Releasing your spirituality into the world, in the form of creative expression, allows your spirit to have a platform for true transformation of growth for you and others. This is one of the main purposes of religion, to act as a conduit for channeling the spirit into the physical world. Without it we would just be biological machines with no soul.
Spirit animates the physical reality that we live in, without it there would be no life or meaning. Spiritual “values” gives us true meaning in our lives, spiritual “value” can be in the form of religion or it can be rooted in the essence of spirit, manifested as a physical activity. Only by doing this can we live meaningful lives and by sharing our spiritual “values” we impart meaning into the lives of others.
I’d love to hear your comments on my article and what you think the greatest “value” is for you.
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