Are You on a Path to Prison?
This past week a friend emailed me a link to an article. A federal grand jury had handed down a 19-count indictment charging three executives of a Connecticut hedge fund with conspiracy, securities fraud, and wire fraud offenses. If convicted, the executives were looking at a combined sentence of 200 years in prison.
Why was this relevant to me? 1. I had worked there; 2. I never knew what was going on, but had spiritually felt something was not right; and 3. Leaving the job was part of my transformation into spirit, as described in my book, Art of Living Happy, to be released this summer.
The indictment brought the events in my life over the past five years full circle. I felt totally validated in my decision to leave the “security” and “main-stream acceptance” of working in the accounting field, even though it was initially a struggle to completely accept and follow my path toward spirit. I believe that these executives were and still are unaware of why they’re truly here on earth – similar to many people I have met that immerse themselves into the rigidity and conformist corporate culture that is so prevalent in our society. Unfortunately, so many people, and specifically these executives, appear to have rejected their spiritual path, which has led them down a road with an extremely high price. And of course they are just one example of the many bankers and other financial people who’ve been part of the meltdown that’s hit the US and the rest of the world.
In 2008, I was hired by one of the executives and worked for the other two. My job was as an accountant, and I worked there less than two years. I never saw or heard anything that would lead me to the conclusion of these charges. However, what I find fascinating is that while I was working there I found it more and more difficult to be there – on a spiritual level.
I believe that we all get messages about what is really happening around us and we are just too bogged down with “mental chatter” to be able to decipher these messages.
In my upcoming book, I write about how difficult it was to work at this hedge fund. Here is an excerpt:
In 2009, my bosses asked me to increase my work hours from part to full-time, 25 hours to 50 hours per week. Working in a toxic environment of greed and hostility took its toll on me. There was one woman who enjoyed tormenting everyone at work. One day I had enough. She found an incorrect entry in QuickBooks. Rather than fixing the problem, she called me on the phone from her desk, which was three desks from mine.
“Lisa. I just noticed you entered an erroneous QuickBooks entry in one of the accounts. I have gotten out of the program so you can go in and delete it.”
Now, this really doesn’t seem like a big deal. However, after being worn down again and again by her constant finger pointing and manipulation I was done. I hung up the phone, took a deep breath and walked to her desk.
“Maggie, you are insane! What is your problem?!” I bellowed. “You couldn’t just delete it and let me know later that I had made a mistake? No, you couldn’t do that! You had to call me, and interrupt me, while you know that I’m working on a deadline to get the tax stuff out the door? And not only that, you had to email my bosses to tell them that I had made an ‘erroneous entry?’ What have I ever done to you?” I was livid and this just all spilled out of me.
She looked at me very calmly and said, “Well, you are obviously going to be a terrible Soul Coach, with an attitude like that. You won’t be able to help anyone.”
What I did next was – SNAP! You’ll have to buy and read the book to see what I did, but it wasn’t pretty. I was not proud of that moment. However, I’ll forever be thankful for Maggie as she helped me to clearly see that I should not be working in that environment any longer. I put in my notice that day. Two weeks later I was done. What followed after I quit that job was a difficult but profound transformation into my life as a spiritual coach and channel.
They always say, “life is stranger than fiction”. As crazy as that moment was for Maggie and me, the fact that three of my former employers are being indicted and facing 200 plus years in prison is even crazier.
My hope in writing Art of Living Happy is to tell my story, to show how difficult and fulfilling it is to go from a toxic corporate world to a rich life full of spirit. As more people are being called to spirit, I hope my book can be useful to others who are trying to understand this path. Spiritless greed is obviously not the answer if we are to grow as a people and a planet. My book is the story of how one person left that world in an effort to find a different, more soulful, way to live.
Tell me about your spiritual path. Have you ever been in a situation where you felt something was wrong in your soul, and later found out that something strange was going on? Have you quite your job to follow a spiritual path? I’d love to hear about it. Leave me a comment below.
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