Right now, I am in the middle of a reorganization where a number of people have been put on notice. Unless they find another position in the company they will be out of a job by August 1. Although this kind of thing happens every day in numerous companies, for the people involved it means that their life is temporarily put upside down and for some it even feels like their world is collapsing.
How would you feel if you no longer had a job in 6 weeks? Anxious? Relieved? Terrified?
For most people such experience creates an emotional roller coaster which they want to end as quickly as they can. I know, I have been there, several times. However, I also know that this urge, or mindset, can severely limit your opportunities for (spiritual) growth and prevent big, positive shifts from happening in your life.
That’s why I would like to offer you a different understanding of these personal transition states or “void points” as the Hathors, a group of interdimensional, intergalactic beings channeled by Tom Kenyon, call them. With this new perspective you will be able to deal with your job loss in a more relaxed way, without the fear, while optimizing your future potentials.
The typical pitfalls of void points
The first time that I lost my job and experienced a void point was in 1995, after having worked for thirteen years at a bank which was taken over. Initially I felt a tremendous freedom and very much welcomed the change in my daily routines. Instead of having to rise early and go to the office, I could sleep for as long as I wanted and just do the things I liked, e.g. taking the dogs for long walks in the forest. So initially, for the first few weeks, I really enjoyed being in the void.
But then something changed…
I started to think about what I should do next. And, if I wasn’t thinking about it, my wife and friends would make me think of it, and not in a positive way. They pointed out to me that I should look for a new position as soon as possible because of the adverse job market conditions. Also, it was said that a prolonged unemployment wouldn’t look good on my resume (sabbaticals were not yet popular in those days).
The result of these discussions was that my feeling of freedom completely disappeared and the void all of a sudden became a place filled with fear, anxiety and even guilt, because I had only thought about my own pleasures and neglected my responsibilities towards my family, i.e. to provide for security. This change in my mindset was striking, especially when you consider that I had received a substantial severance package, which allowed us to live without any income for at least a year, if not two, if we would spend it wisely.
So, I made the typical mistake that most people make when they are in a void: I looked for the first way out. In my case that was by accepting a job that I didn’t really like. Within a couple of months I very much regretted that I had not waited longer for a better opportunity. But at least the insecurity was gone and my family was happy.
This is just one example of a typical pitfall when you are in a void point and there are several others that may sound familiar:
- You get stuck in feelings of fear, anxiety or overwhelm, unable to learn from the experience and move forward;
- You feel utterly sorry for yourself or you blame yourself or others for what happened and you end up in a kind of depression;
- You limit your ability to exploit new opportunities because you hold on to certain limiting beliefs , e.g. “I can’t do that”, or by being too specific in what you want to do, e.g. “I only want to work for banks”.
This way void points become a negative experience, to be avoided at all times and at all costs, instead of a point of reflection where you rest, relax, regroup and get excited for new opportunities and experiences in your life. This requires however that you trust the void, which I learned the second time I lost my job, in 2002.
Learning to trust the void
In 2002, I had been working for the same company for over four years when I felt it was time for something new. I was offered an exciting opportunity to prepare and implement a new business concept only to find that in the end the managing board didn’t want to follow through. I couldn’t go back to my old position and there was no suitable alternative for me in the company. I was out of a job again.
Instead of panicking, I used the situation to pursue a long time dream, i.e. to establish my own company, for which LeasePlan offered the most gracious support.
The first month after I had left, I again completely relaxed. The second month was more or less the same, as was the third month. In the meantime my wife and others became increasingly concerned again about the fact that I didn’t have any work. Didn’t I realize I had a huge mortgage to pay? Shouldn’t I contact some headhunters to get myself a real job instead of pursuing this phantom, entrepreneurial dream?
I still vividly remember how I said over and over again, like a kind of mantra: I am not going to make the same mistake as in 2002. Things will be okay, trust me. On some level I indeed clearly felt that some kind of opportunity was “around the corner” waiting for me. Somehow in my being, I really knew that things would work out. It took about five months before my first project showed up but it was the start of an amazing journey.
I had learned to trust the void and experience firsthand how it brings new and exciting opportunities if you are patient. But the real test of my trust came in 2009, which also turned out to be the most intense period of spiritual growth…
Using void points for spiritual growth
Early 2009, when I had been working for the Crimson Circle company for almost 2 years, I increasingly felt that my job was coming to completion. I had helped Geoff and Linda Hoppe, who established the Crimson Circle in 1999, to successfully restructure and grow the company and with the upcoming departure of Tobias, one of the channeled entities, in the summer, I felt it was also time for me to leave. I resigned by the end of July.
Interestingly enough, I wasn’t anxious or nervous at all about ending my employment and entering again into a void while the world was experiencing the biggest depression since the 1930’s. It just felt like the right and appropriate thing to do.
Again, I enjoyed a period of relaxation until after a couple of months I wanted to do something new. I established a new company and started to offer coaching and created online workshops, however it didn’t work out as I had expected.
Contrary to what I expected, I entered the void more deeply than ever before and at some point I felt completely lost. It would become one of the most intense periods in my life and also one of the most profound and enlightening. For me it created the basis for a completely new way of living.
For those of you that want to read more about this period I refer to an article that I wrote for the Crimson Circle newsletter at the time: Creating Your Reality.
It was not until October 2010 that I exited this particular void point, exactly 14 months after I had entered it. In hindsight I had made it unnecessary long for myself, because I had been too specific about what I wanted to do next. This changed the moment I opened up to embrace any exciting opportunity that would cross my path.
That I had unnecessarily blocked the flow for myself became even more clear after I read the message of the Hathors about Transition States of Consciousness. (By the way, you will find remarkable similarities in this information with the Creator series of Crimson Circle’s Tobias or Abraham-Hicks’ Art of Allowing).
Navigating void points the Hathor way
In their message the Hathors offer some very practical advice that I can personally endorse based on my own experiences. I recommend that you read the complete article but I have summarized the essence of their message and advice for your easy reference below.
“A void point is a critical transition between an old reality and a new one. That which was, has ended. Instead of regretting the loss, you accept the void. This is, for many persons, a challenging undertaking, because in the void point there is nothing that can be done. You must simply be a witness to it, and to yourself, for in this no-man’s land there are no perceptual markers.
Be careful what new markers you put into place, for these ideas and beliefs will be the stars in the new sky of your mind, and you shall navigate your way into these new times by the stars (thoughts and beliefs) that you have placed in the heavens of your own consciousness. So be wise when you go about creating new stars, our fellow navigators of the Mystery.
Assuming that you have entered a transition state of consciousness and that you have befriended the void point and are more or less comfortable with the great uncertainty of your situation, this is what we suggest.
Be curious and expect miracles.
By entering a state of curiosity you engage an aspect of your mind that is free to move unfettered by expectation. It becomes very much like the mind of a child, and it is this innocence—which is not the same as childishness—that allows you to enter a vibratory state of consciousness, which greatly benefits you.
By holding the expectation of miracles you release the power of creation within you, and to the extent that you accomplish this you will find increasing incidences of serendipity, coincidences of benefit and unexpected treasures, whether they be physical in nature or mental and emotional.
This combination of curiosity about what will happen next joined with an expectation of miracles will move you rapidly from the void point to a new life, a new creation, regardless of what might be happening for those around you”….
The funny thing is that now I actually look forward to my next void point, which I will enter as of September 1, when my interim assignment ends. What it will bring? I am curious to find out, but I expect nothing less than miracles…
Please feel free to share this article with anybody that you think will benefit and don’t hesitate to share your own experiences and suggestions when it comes to dealing with the loss of your job.