Engaged or Out of It

Have you ever had an experience where you were super engaged with what you were doing? How about an experience where you were just out of it and didn’t really care?

I’m sure this feeling isn’t a stranger to any of us, although some of us may be more engaged more often, or perhaps more out of it, more often. It’s that “Working Hard or Hardly Working?” Yin and Yang duality. In truth, there’s nothing wrong with taking a rest and zoning out for a while, but it’s when we stay there (or too far on the other side) for too long that we cause problems in our personal lives.

Lately for me there’s been a rather clear distinction between the two, where in the past it may have been a bit blurry. You know, you’re “into” what you’re doing, but you’re not super INTO it.

It may be because I’ve been waking up early, and when you’re up between 4, 5, or 6, odds are that you’re going to be either working passionately on something right when you’re up (something you’re really excited about), or spending a few hours laying on the couch slowly waking up with the day.

There’s a blog I found on Forbes that describes some of the research that is going into this. You can read it here, it’s a little businessy, but just go with it.

bored-studentNow, I’m not sure exactly why it’s even up for debate, it seems obvious to me that if you’re engaged with something, of course you’re going to put more energy, time, and effort into it. If you’re not engaged with it, you’re going to diddle about until it gets done half-assed, or not done at all.

Whether you’re in school or at work… does that not just sound about right?

There’s a few directions I want to go with this… I’ll have to remind myself to write a blog about Gamification, because that’s by all standards a likely solution to the problem of a lack of engagement in our world. I’m very interested in that topic, and in the mean time, there’s something else i’m very interested in as well.

I have a feeling that a lot of people may ask “Well how do I get engaged in doing some stuff that I flat out don’t want to be doing?”.ย I’m asking myself that same question right now, reflecting back on times when I wanted to learn how to program with Actionscript and just couldn’t bring myself to do it because it wasn’t engaging enough.

There are two things that come to mind.

The first is, is what you’re doing really all that exciting to you if you’re not engaged? Are you genuinely interested in doing it, or are you doing it for some other reason? Are you only doing it so that you can make money? Are you only doing it so that you can afford to do what you REALLY want to do?

Kevin GallowayWhat if we were able to merge both what we wanted to be doing, as well as ways of supporting ourselves, into the same thing. We could be engaged with the world and our reality on a regular basis.

The second… is what’s stopping you from being engaged with what you’re doing right now? Maybe it’s not the most exciting thing right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be engaged with it. Maybe you want to be engaged but there’s a block. Perhaps you are trying really hard but there’s something missing.

Sometimes, getting the flow right is all about finding the right ingredients. Find out what ingredients are missing in this delightful dish that you are creating that is your life… and add them in. Is it new people? Is it a new piece of technology?

Whatever that ingredient is, might just be what turns your brothy water into a delightful soup.

As for me and actionscript… Back then, I decided it wasn’t quite time yet for me to learn it. I was very interested in making movies, and I didn’t feel as compelled to sink in all of that time, effort and energy to learn something I wasn’t going to use.

Today, I am still assembling the ingredients necessary. I would love to have a studio where I could be free to spend my days drawing, learning code, making games, movies, art, and all kinds of things like that. I’m looking forward to learning how to program with a bunch of people who simply know how it works and can show me the ropes. It’s going to take some time to compile these particular ingredients, but when that day comes, I know it’s going to be a blast ๐Ÿ™‚

We are One,

ps. I’m looking for feedback on this blog… Were you engaged while reading it, or were you just out of it?



22 thoughts on “Engaged or Out of It

  1. I am out of it. Its not your blogs fault though haha. I stayed up too late and got up too early. Keep writing my friend! ๐Ÿ˜€ I will reread it in an hour after I have had a coffee ;).

  2. Hi Jordan, yes I was engaged in reading your post. It caught my eye because I am trying to find something, anything that I can get engaged in enough to get through it, actually finish it, and feel like I did something. Still looking.
    I like reading your posts. I really enjoyed your movies on the history of Atlantis and Egypt and stuff. If only learning new things could be as easy as watching movies like those!! Informative and entertaining at the same time.

  3. Engaged. Partly because I’m interested in the topic, but also you writing style. I appreciate that you sound like your talking to us and not at us. For that, thank you. I struggle to keep myself “there” when I’m at work or doing something that I dread.. Sometime it’s easier to go on robot mode, but I don’t think that’s very healthy. LoL ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I just want to tell you how much I LOVE your Spirit Science videos. Over the past 20 years, I have read EVERY book you mentioned, been to Kryon and Crimson Circle channels. Thanks so much for what you do! I will definitely spread your good work!

  5. I’ve been using what I don’t want to do (my job! it’s nice but very boring) to fuel what I want to. Those 8 hours are a lot more meaningful when I put the money I make from it toward my hobbies and travel. I aim to do at least one thing per day that feels like an accomplishment. That way I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time doing what seems like meaningless work. I also spend my breaks in the same way.

    I remember ActionScript haha, it was a bit of a learning curve. I’ve been playing with Scratch. http://scratch.mit.edu/ It is a great tool to learn how different parts of code talk to each other, and how to organize it. You can make funny little video games. It’s not as versatile as ActionScript but much easier to understand if you don’t have a lot of time. You can also look at other people’s games and see the code they built to make it run if you need to figure something out.

    Nice post by the way! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I was IN and OUT for times. Anyway I am pure AIR, it is difficult for mw to be IN something. Im Gemini with Libra ascendent. Anyway I love your ideas, and I will keep on reading you. I love what you guys do. Pretty much of my awakening was thanks to spirit science. Iยดll be eternally gratefull!

  7. The only thing stopping me
    From being engaged seems to be
    Negative thinking and the lack of coping skills to retain my “happy thought”
    If I am positive number one
    Have high divine purpose
    The list goes on
    Then I am ok
    But in our world we seem to reflect
    And react to things more
    We need to be the confident core
    The more isolated and disconnected we are the more out of it we become.

    Together we stand
    Divided we fall

  8. I feel like people simplify engagement and attribute it to differences in personalities; this person likes computers, detail, and learning different languages – so of course they’re going to learn computer coding. To me this is akin to justifying why one person can play music and another can’t – well, one person was engaged with music at one time, and so they excelled. Why were they engaged though? It could be so many different factors. As a musician, I’ve got through period where I was engaged to the point of obsession with learning piano pieces. However, in the past year as I’ve pursued spiritual understanding, I’ve realized that a lot of my obsessions in my life have been related and attached to my ego. And so when I began to love myself exactly the way I was, I sometimes found it hard to become engaged with creative expression like I used to because, a lot of the stuff I used to express was aggression – even though I was expressing it in quite a beautiful way (through music). Because of this realization, I have come to the conclusion that anyone can be engaged in anything. ANYTHING. I think part of the journey is finding a good enough reason to be engaged in that thing, and that by staying true to your centred self (when the inner room mate is quiet), you will discover the spiritual energy required to direct all your focus to a creative outlet. I believe the more centred you are, the more easily you will be able to direct your spiritual fire into the activity of YOUR choice.

  9. I think an issue that comes up is deciding whether or not to take a particular step or action towards achieving something and how “engaged” you might be towards enacting it. It has been said that sometimes a person has so much they want to accomplish that they become paralyzed in not knowing which path to take or what steps to take to get to a particular goal out of the myriad of things they want to achieve. It may be simpler for some people to do than for others.

    A lot of people also don’t want to feel like they’re doing some kind of “chore” while accomplishing something. That way, it becomes a job and most people don’t like the concept of “jobs” so they probably don’t put as much energy into what they’re doing even if it is for something they claim to love doing. It’s the likely cause of “burnout” in some cases.

    Also, not everyone functions the same in a classroom setting or workshop. Environment is also conducive in how engaged a person is in what they’re doing. There’s a reason that kid pictured is asleep at his desk. He might be more alert and engaged in the subject if he were somewhere that encouraged actual application of what he’s learning, provided he was interested in the subject.

    It takes balance to create an atmosphere that is conducive to engagement in a project or task along with personal effort. One can feed the other, in that sense. More can be accomplished in the proper environment that encourages engagement in a task or project.

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  10. So I was pretty engaged into it up til I got about half way through, then I just wanted to make a comment so I skipped to the end. I read the post script then was like “oops, probably should finish reading before commenting”

    I just had a question really. There has been times where I’ve very little energy or thought into something, and it comes out to be awesome, and other times where I put so much energy and time into it, and just turns out crap. How would this fit into your model? Maybe when I think I’m not putting energy into it, I’m really putting energy in being in the moment, in the flow of consciousness, and on the other occasion I feel like I’m putting so much energy into it, I’m really putting the energy into breaking the flow?

    1. interesting perspective, i feel like that’s totally possible. if its something you’re truly engaged in it should be a natural flow. but there are some things you have to work more for in that case needs the extra energy and attention. maybe you have to break it down, think if is this a left or right brainned activity? to approach it creatively or systematically

      anyways. engaged. i’ve been reflecting about this a lot! starting a new year, i love my job but sometimes you need to challenged more to be engaged but i also love to space out..too much its too easy ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Mind attention intense mode activated. I always miss something, something like a mental higgs boson that would complete a moment, making me enjoy it. It really sucks to be limited like this, so I am trying to overcome this by focusing on my feelings more and discerning what the messages are. Minds can be tricky, but they are very circumventable. It is a matter of belief, in the end. It is unfortunate that it may take so much time to activate as a person, but it is bloody worth it.

  12. I feel engaged to the post. I mean right now I can nor and more so will not find a sort of physical activity to act based off of this, because now I am in bed listening to Bossa Nova about to sleep and I want this to be the time of my relaxation. I love this post though, most than others, I tend to “irresponsibly” procrastinate on a lot of things even without of my knowing, at least I think. Right now though, it is a different story, I am doin what is right the most to me to be doing right now, even if it is being relaxed and enjoyed in my bed. But anyways, I can now use it to search for some things that don’t seem to be there in the things I do often, things I just can’t be engaged in, things that are just things for me to do for whatever reason, no matter how sensible. I can find what touch makes it have a little of me in it so I can relate welll. Thank s man, well you have a good one.

  13. Great post… read it all.. so I was engaged lol. I think that if you’re not engaged, it simply means you’re not interested and should probably be doing something else. Perhaps the time will come again when you will find interest in the things you’ve left behind… all that this requires is just a thought, and desire… perhaps jordan you could look into intrinsic and extrinsic motivations?

  14. I’ve read you Jordan, about your life and your struggle, and I looked at all the comments and I felt AWE. And there is so much beauty and truth coming out to the light nowadays, that I can’t stop being in AWE. I don’t have time for anything else. I am active on FB at the moment, you can’t engage in everything at one time. Love.

  15. ”What if we were able to merge both what we wanted to be doing, as well as ways of supporting ourselves, into the same thing. ” that have been on my mind since some days,and I know many others who I talked to are also struggling with that one. It was like that post I read on Ray’s blog about finding our superpower,then the question that arise is ‘okay now what to do with it ?” , maybe that question is in a way one of the hardest we have to answer ,because in a way this question is ‘how do I manifest, create, externalize my heart desire/what I really want to do ?’
    I’m really struggling with that one at the moment,but I’m sure that once we find the answer to that question ,we understand that the inner turmoil to answer the question were still worth it,that the answer we found was worth the turmoil…until a next question arise ahah but that’s how we grow right ? if one never face inner turmoil that made one think and re-think again about a situation,would that situation ever go forward ? or would it just stay as it is and not grow/expand/evolve ? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I am engaged with this. I wonder if I am engaged because I have taken a lot from your writing in the past, or if it is because it is something I am currently questioning. I am intent on growing as a person, I know that you share a lot of truth that can help me grow, because these truths have allowed you to grow. I am passionate about absorbing information. However I did not click on the link because of the way it was presented. I guess I am less about facts and more about heart, and the link seemed more about facts. I guess I am engaged with this article because I care about this topic, and I feel this serves my consciousness in some way.

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