Saturday, 14 March 2015 15:41

Are you always looking for a job?

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(Lack of commitment to a given profession)

Ozodi Osuji

Recently, it dawned on me that I had not fully committed to any vocation, profession or career. Even when I was at the top of a field as the director of mental health agencies I was still looking for other types of jobs.  The reason I was always looking for jobs is that I had not fully committed to a particular profession and staked my life on it. I was, as it were, vacillating, fence sitting and wishy-washy.

As Goethe said, when a person commits to doing something he finds right the entire universe commits to opening doors for him but until he commits to performing his function all doors are closed to him, and that was the case with me (all doors closed to me).

If one is not devoted to a particular vocation one is always looking for other jobs where one thinks that one would find more meaning.  I was always looking for a job because I was not fully committed to doing anything with my whole life.

I did not know what I should be committed to; I was not sure what to do with my life; I lived in doubt of what to do with me.

Those who are fully committed to a field tend to study it and find a job in it and do such job most their lives. Those who are not fully committed to anything go from one job to another seeking a job that they hope is satisfactory.

This does not mean that a job that is satisfactory to those who have not made up their minds is always out there waiting for them to come find it. No, such persons often find most extant jobs unsatisfactory and can only solve their dilemma by inventing a profession that satisfies them.

There are human beings whose make up do not allow them to fit into existing professions. Consider Sigmund Freud. He studied medicine, and specialized in neurology. He was a successful medical doctor but observation showed him that the majority of those who came to see him and complained about physical matters actually had other issues actuating their physical problems. They had psychological issues to be dealt with.

Freud felt that it was unsatisfied sexuality that led the women in his Victorian age to engage in conversion reaction (hysteria, somatizing psychological problems, fainting etc.). He reasoned that the women simply wanted to have royal sex encounters that satisfied their every imaginable sexual desire and do so without any inhibitions. He believed that those women’s incessant physical complaints would disappear if only they had uninhibited sex. Thus, he established psychoanalysis.

His clients come to his office, lie on his couch and engage in free association; that is, they say whatever entered their minds without censoring them with what they think society would approve.  Freud believed that in doing so the women would tell him about their repressed desires to have polymorphous perverse sexuality (he believed that most of them are bisexual in nature and want to have sex with both women and men, and, as we are learning, with animals, too!).

Freud allowed his patents to engage in transference relationship with him, see him as an authority figure that they are not afraid to tell what is in their minds (is now the father that they were afraid to talk to but now can talk to without his disapproval) and simply let it all hang out; vent whatever is in their minds (this leads to catharsis). The analyst, Freud and his disciples interpreted whatever he/they believed lied in their patients’ unconscious minds.

Invariably, those issues are sexual in nature, what he called Id; the id struggling for expression but being repressed by the superego, social constraints, both balanced by  the ego (reason).

Freud believed that a neurotic (that is, the well educated person with the usual social constraints) is a person struggling with unconscious issues (repressed id, primal sex and aggression) and have not resolved them.

Additionally, folks have to deal with their oedipal complex, their desire to have sex with their parents before they can move in.

Do I agree with Freud?  He has a point but I am not interested in his psychoanalysis; I am more interested in the psychoanalysis of Alfred Adler and Karen Horney.

Adler sees neurosis as emanating from perceived sense of inferiority that led to compensating with desire for false sense of superiority; Horney sees neurosis as inhering in sense of  not been good enough and desire to become ideal self, the ideal self being a mentally constructed fictional self that does not and cannot exist in the real world. Both Adler and Horney aim at persuading the neurotic to give up striving to become superior and or ideal and simply accept his animal self as good enough.

The relevant point is that Freud started a profession for his self because he could not fit his self into existing medical profession.

I could not fit myself into any extant profession for they were not enough for me. I cast about looking for answers. I worked as a psychotherapist for many years and gradually came to the conclusion that secular therapy and medications alone do not heal neurotic people and that what would heal them is when we add the spiritual dimension to their lives.

By spiritual dimension I do not mean what passes as religion, such as Christianity, Islam etc. Those are primitive world views whose time is past.

As Joseph Campbell tells us (see his Hero with a Thousand faces, The Power of Myth) humanity is in one of those historical curves where it waits for a man to give it a religious mythology that would give people’s lives meaning and direction.

I am here to give humanity that much expected unification of science and spirituality; a new religious synthesis that satisfies the scientifically trained, rational human being who nevertheless seeks a higher power in his life.

Each of us is here to do something and until he does it he would not find solace. Moreover, until each human being performs his function, a function he willingly accepted to undertake and that all of us assigned him (at the spiritual level the self and other selves act in concert, there is only one self who is simultaneously all of us and what one self decides to do all selves decide to do with him; each person acts out a part for him to carry out his part as he acts parts in other peoples role accomplishments) his function is unfulfilled. The world waits for him to fulfil his function, for it is in fulfilling it that all the sons of God are saved.

Each of us must perform his chosen and assigned function. The world waits for you and I to perform our assigned functions. I must perform mine and so must you.

Sometimes, one must invent a new profession to be able to perform one’s function; that is exactly what I had to do for existing professions could not enable me do my part.

I invented a profession that combines secular psychology and spiritual psychology for I must do both to satisfy my craving to understand who I am and who people are.  I am also interested in physics, chemistry and biology for those are part of what makes people who they are; people’s bodies are physical, chemical and biological systems and we must understood them at that level as well as at the spiritual and psychological levels.

POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS

The two main forces in human society are political (and economic) and religious (and spiritual). Political leaders’ lead human society; religious leaders lead the human soul.

Buddha, Jesus and Mohammed have exercised as much, if not more influence on human beings as political leaders. Those who guide people’s spiritual paths are as useful to society as the political leaders who protect people’s bodies in their various efforts to adapt to the exigencies of the environment.

I am meant to play my most ardent role in the spiritual department; that role is as useful as the role played by those who protect human bodies, politicians and soldiers.

Because I had to make sure what my function is it took me some time to discover it and then play it; in the meantime, I seemed directionless and seeking any kind of job to make a living.

My function is to teach people to live from their real selves; their real selves is part of unified spirit self, aka God; people are the sons of God.

The real self is love; living from the real self, therefore, means living from love; you are living from your real self if you love you and love all people; all your thinking and behaviors must be guided by love for all people.

To love is to work for the good of society (and in as much as people do bad things work to correct their behaviors but not overlook evil behaviors).

On earth people must affirm their bodies and take care of their bodies even though their bodies are literally non-existent or temporally existent.

The human body is composed of matter, which is composed of the various elements (there are 25 elements in the human body; the key ones are carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen); the elements are composed of particles of electrons, protons and neutrons; the particles of neutrons and protons are made from quarks (electrons are made directly from light) which are made from light which ultimately is made from nothing hence people’s bodies are made of nothing.

The human body is unreal; what is real in people is their spirit self and its mind.  Teaching people about this reality is my existential function. It had to take me time to discover and convince myself that spirit is real.

What matters is that I have now found my vocation, my function and I throw myself into performing it twenty-four-seven. I do it like everything I do: with total vigor and singular dedication. Success always goes to those who are totally dedicated to what they are doing that serves social interests.

What I do you must do; you must figure what you came to do, your function, and throw yourself one hundred percent into doing it. It is in doing so that you fulfil your part and your part is necessary for the salvation of all sons of God from the darkness they currently live in.

 

Ozodi Osuji

March 14, 2015

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176