Since we were just talking last month about how to make work easy, I thought I’d share something that came up in my advanced container recently.
One of the practitioners in the container mentioned that some work at her job was becoming frustrating, as she was tasked to ghost-write speeches for four of the prominent executives in her company, and they were all behind on getting her the specifications for the information they wanted relayed in each speech.
I wondered aloud to her if using some divination and channeling techniques might not make the assignment a little more fun. Writing for work projects can often feel dry and boring, and usually if the writer is bored while writing, then the reader (or in this case the listener in the audience) often picks up on it. This can even happen sometimes when we have a writing assignment we’re excited about but feeling intimidated by – a bout of impostor syndrome could leave us leaning overly flowery or stiff and academic, and the reader may sense our awkwardness, rather than us simply allowing ourselves to enjoy the opportunity to use language to communicate our ideas.
For example, last year I was asked to write an afterword for the new edition of Robert Anton Wilson’s Sex, Drugs, and Magick, and while I was overjoyed at the honor, I was also intimidated by the task of writing my first published piece on magick for such a prestigious work. I wondered if I should delve more deeply into the history of when RAW was writing, or if I should cram more study of the kinds of magick he practiced before attempting to add my own voice, which admittedly has more experiential knowledge of magick than arcane study of it.
I decided to view the assignment in the simplest possible manner: I was being asked to contribute a piece of writing in the space of a book dedicated to sex, drugs, and magick. My words would be read by those who decided to pick it up. I tuned into my Higher Self – or as ceremonial magicians might say, my Holy Guardian Angel – and wondered how I could best utilize that space to talk to those people.
Then the answer became obvious – the best possible way that I could utilize that space was write them a set of guidelines, based on my own experience, for exploring esoteric knowledge through the uses of sex, drugs, and magick. After all, that’s probably why they picked up the book, no? Why not just stay humble, speak about what I know, and help them out as best I could?
At that point, writing the piece became easy, as I used my own authentic voice – the voice of my Higher Self, roughly translated by my Human Self – to give them the knowledge I wished I’d had when I started. I completed the assignment with ease and received heartwarming accolades on it from my contemporaries.
So when the practitioner in my advanced container told me about her speech-writing assignment, my eyes lit up and I imagined how much more fun it might be, rather than sitting and eking out words at a desk, to set sacred space and then attempt to dialogue with the Higher Self of each of the executives she was tasked to write for. She might ask them each their views on the mission of the company, what they thought of its current progress, how they felt about the plans in development., and what they most wanted to say to their audience. Then when it came time to write their speeches, she would not only have some good points to include, but she’d also have a newfound familiarity with their distinct voices. It might even be fun to get to play God and put words in the mouths of one’s bosses! And they might end up being surprised at how accurately she was able to capture them.
That’s certainly a lot more fun than sitting at a desk and cobbling together speeches based on their doubtless dry and bland specifications! (Although certainly it would be helpful to include those somewhere too.)
What other ways can you think of to make your job feel more magical?