Right Livelihood – You could be dying making a living

Written by Francois.

Last night, I stopped by my neighbor’s and asked her how her new job was going. She had started this job with GREAT ENTHUSIASM three months ago...


...but now had an unhappy feeling of being trapped in a job that felt yucky mucky and ucky . She had taken the job for the money, but it just “wasn’t her.”

This reminded me of a job I had in 1998, as a door-to-door salesman selling books. I knew it “wasn’t me,” or in coaching words “wasn’t aligned with my core values,” but I was desperate for money and so I took the job. I told myself, “ Here is an opportunity to bring light into the homes of people whom I could otherwise not reach.” And so I did.

I had plenty of gifts and talents which actually allowed me to do super well and within two months I became the number five best performer out of thousands of experienced salesmen. My boss couldn’t believe my results and one day, he came with me to see how “Francois did his magic”. One thing that astounded him was that I could be sitting in the living room of a total stranger within 30 seconds of knocking on their door. A minute later, I was being served coffee and biscuits. People trusted me and my sales were solid. This went on for a few months, but something odd started happening…

My body started getting sick. I knew it was related to trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. What was happening, was this job required me to compromise some of my core fundamental values, such as transparency, authenticity and genuineness. Of course, a part of me WAS genuine and cared about the people I interacted with, and I was seizing my opportunity to bring warmth to their hearts and a smile to their day. However, the “other agenda” of selling them books, (which I often knew they didn’t need or they flat out couldn’t afford without straining their financial well being), caused me to feel like a manipulator and I felt shame. I was torn on the inside. And that tear went right through from my Spiritual body, to my Emotional body, and all the way into my physical body.

Having worked as a Business and Spirit Coach® for years now, I have seen this correlation over and over, between our livelihood and our health.

We can try to reason ourselves until we’re blue telling ourselves that taking this job (or staying in this job) is the “wisest” choice considering our current situation and responsibilities. And this might be true, short term, but in the long run, it could end up harming you if it is not aligned with your core values and your higher purpose. What becomes evident, nowadays more than ever, is a priority shift in our responsibilities. We have a need to make sure that our ethics reach all the way to what is in natural harmony with who we truly are, and who we came here to be.

You may have heard of the term Right Livelihood, which is a part of the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism.


According to Buddhism, Right Livelihood means that one should earn one's living in a righteous way and that wealth should be gained legally and peacefully.

Your job is most likely legal (smile), but is it supporting a sense of peace inside of you?

If yes, then congratulations on following your Soul’s guidance! But I’m sure you know someone who is miserable in their job. If so, I encourage you to send this email their way.

If your answer is no, and you’re not feeling peace or happiness with your job then read on.

In his book “Biology of Belief”, scientist Bruce Lipton shows us how our genes get activated according to our beliefs, NOT genetics. Our physical well being has an intimate relationship with the subtle workings of our deeper Selves.

[p128] "When it comes to sheer neurological processing abilities, the subconscious mind is millions of times more powerful than the conscious mind. If the desires of the conscious mind conflict with the programs in the subconscious mind, which "mind" do you think will win out?“

So… we can’t trick ourselves just as we can’t fit a round peg into a square hole. There is a part of us that is all knowing. And when we are out of integrity with this aspect of ourselves, we experience suffering. If this is your case, what can you do?

The first step is to recognize that something is stirring/ not at peace on the inside. The second step is to find the cause of that disturbance. The third is to create change. This can be an easy process in some cases, but oftentimes it can be challenging and overwhelming on many levels, and the support of a trained professional is then advised.

You are a powerful creator, you can create a new job, or a new source of income. One that brings you joy and abundance, you must only recognize your need for it, and then take the steps to get yourself there.

If you are interested in developing your potential, clearing old blockages and exploring your possibilities in life and in work, I have two spaces opening in October for one-on-one coaching with me (it’s over the phone and I have clients throughout the world). I can also refer you to another trusted professional if you’d like. Feel free to send me an email by replying to this letter, or call me now at (415) 383-0818

It’s time to stop doing the work you hate and step into the life you were meant to live!



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