There is an often-missed creation component that involves the “magic” of unplanned consequences of what you want. It involves the combination of guided action or doing something the right way (your way, not someone else’s prescription) all the way from the material world to the hidden undercurrents to bring forward beautiful consequences for the future.
It turns out well when you do so from your North Star.
The thing that inspired this post was a random visit this morning by a big, fat, beautiful Blue Jay with a bright green acorn in its beak. It landed on the hedge, feet away from my front door and showed me his find proudly, tilting his head to the right and left, making sure I would marvel at this treasure.
I Googled the symbolism of a blue jay with an acorn and found this:
Blue Jays find and store something for future consumption and use. Pretty mundane since lots of animals plan for the winter in this manner, but the surprising consequence is that, sometimes, forgotten acorns spout into a tree, spreading the beauty of oak forests far beyond a normal wind’s reach.
I looked at the past few months for parallels to this and found that my preparation to leave Corporate America has brought me to a place that’s better than I could ever imagine. A beautiful forest is sprouting already.
Here’s What I Found:
Preparing for, then walking away from something old prepares you for being without it…and if done right, creates a magic of unintended payoffs needed to keep you going forward, all without doing anything consciously or subconsciously.
Doing the right thing becomes instinct when guided by your North Star Just like that Blue Jay, I just did what I felt was right as I wrapped things up at my old day job at the ground level.
Do your housecleaning – Not only do you leave a clean space behind for others to fill, it ensures the vibe of what you want to carry forward is aligned with your North Star:
I grieved deeply and quietly over not being able to be around the hundreds of people I worked with for over a decade. It may sound weird to be so attached to colleagues but they were often the only reason why I came into work and they were the ONLY reason why I did what I did to change the paradigm of business processes. I really did love these people and the gift they gave me to make me a better person….and help me do my job.
Not being able to be around so many intelligent, morally compassed, incredibly kind and giving people was terribly sad for me.
I eliminated the control that money had over my life. For as long as I could see along my soul timeline, money has been tied to survival and comfort. In order to get it, the only way was through the exchange of my time and effort with my perception of money being a mechanism of enslavement by a perverted patriarchal energy that set rigid roles, rules and frameworks.
Put a bow on it – Even if you are like me when I wanted to say, at times, FUCK THIS, I AM OUT OF HERE, GO TO THE PLAYGROUND & MAKE NEW FRIENDS SO YOU CAN STOP BUGGING ME, this is the most critical part in queuing up the magic as long as your undercurrent is clean and instinctively motivated by a higher principle, like love and honesty:
There were times when I didn’t think I was going to make it to the finish line but I wanted to do the right thing for my husband and me by securing the health benefits granted to retirees.
I sense some uncertainty around what might happen with individual insurance health coverage here in the US. I like to have options and I wanted my husband to have benefits even if something were to happen to me.
I embraced the suck of large projects that came up before I left, all the way to my last day, despite me doing my best to plan an easy and complete transition. Even though it felt like death by 1000 cuts, I earnestly and purely gave me all with the intent that the people I loved and left behind would be in a good place to know their next steps. I wanted to leave a clean “space,” motivated by nothing than the love I had for my colleagues.
I stayed true to my honesty with myself and acknowledged that it was very challenging for me, that I was so tired and so close to the finish line, so that I could raise my competency in the tools I teach by using them on myself. I had to so that I wouldn’t have any tarry residue of regret, resentment or anger when I left.
This all would have been much more difficult if I had to effort my way through it but instead, I made it through, present time moment to present time moment.
This Is What Happened: Magic
No amount of effort, planning or manipulation could have queued up where I now find myself. Just like that Blue Jay’s acorn, I find that our actions in the present can spread like an unplanned beautiful forest in the future.
Not only did I cross the finish line, I was
Ready to rock it in my new space. No honeymoon phase of YIPPEE I’m Free!!! No decompression needed to Get the poison out of my system. Instead, I felt, Ok, here’s where I’m supposed to be and I’m going to use the momentum of the past few months to do the thing I’m here to do.
I created a clean space at the old job which carried forward into my company.
Given an unexpected financial gift of appreciation that isn’t normally granted because I had worked earnestly to the last day and the company wanted to reward me for not slacking off. I was creating money even after I left the job even though it wasn’t a motivator for me. Money now is a simple output that I create by focusing on what’s in front of me, my clients and getting them to a better place.
Practical outputs, like money and material comfort, for me are now automatically tied to my pure focus and intent.
Validated that creating the future happens in the present by following these esoteric but practical practices in the material physical world. We bend time by purely immersing in present time, even when it is less than ideal, and our current actions, down to the unseen levels, match by that immersion into what’s in front of our faces.
The future brings me exactly what I want including the magic of the unexpected.
Encouraged to do the same now, as I refresh my company’s online course, immersing into the joy of doing so with great love and fun. I was free to do the right thing, my way, back then and I remain free to do what I love doing now, in the right way for me, just knowing it’ll work.
I don’t have space to think about if this will work because I am so excited to do what I love doing…hearing people’s stories, sharing what the unspoken words tell me with the pure intent to hold a safe, clean space for people to do their own unwinding and application of the tools that I want to share with them, There are so many facets that are being shown to me now that I can embody the essence of them instinctively.
I wanted to create in a new, grounded, non-unicorn way without rigid project and time management practices. And I am.
I am hope that you find this true for yourself, that doing the right thing, instinctively because of your North Star, on the cognitive, moral, emotional and hidden undercurrent levels can only yield the same for you going forward.
Recipe Card for Magical Unintended Consequences
Do your housecleaning now to leave a clean space for both the past and future. Do the right thing by your North Star so what you leave behind for those you love is clean and provides clean momentum for your future.
Unwind the unseen undercurrent by being honest about anything that might be a tarry residue and blur what you really want.
Put a bow on it by doing the shit that has to be done by instinctively doing it with your honest, higher principles.
Build the capacity you’ll need to hold what you really want and you automatically create space for unintended magic.