With my recent move back to Australia in the past year, I have been put to the test to get my life in order so that I can support and raise my family. Having made the noble decision to leave Okinawa earlier last year, leaving my Wife and boys temporarily, I was literally taking a leap of faith, into the unknown. I had to leave to start setting us up for our new life back here in Australia. As I left Okinawa, I wondered to myself, what am I leaving behind and what is waiting for me as I return to Australia? These kinds of questions made my monkey mind race but deep in my heart, as much as I didn't want to be apart from my family, I knew that I had to do these things.
Pretty soon after I left Okinawa, several things happened that started putting me on the road to my success and it is only now, looking back in hindsight, have I been able to gain full appreciation of the choices that I had to make for my future and my family's future.
Upon leaving Okinawa, my former school had down-scaled the technology program that I was working on, with cuts to its funding and resources. Had I stayed, would the nature of my employment be compromised? As my Wife was in the beginning of her pregnancy at the time, I would've been more or less, the sole income earner for us. Looking back, I left at the right time. Upon returning back to Sydney, I was introduced to the current clinic where I am working from now and I was also introduced to the Letting Go Academy of Holistic Learning, where I was welcomed as a new teacher there for classes and information sessions around children's spiritual development.
What a perfect opportunity to be of service!
Next, I had a desire to return to teaching in schools in Sydney. With this in mind and a refreshed perspective on education since returning from Okinawa, I did not feel like classroom teaching was what I wanted anymore. It was through the Letting Go Academy that I was introduced to one of the frequent students, who was a Teacher's Aide at a Special Needs School in Sydney.
"Give it a go, put your name down at this school as a casual. Give it a try and see what you think" was her suggestion.
Well I gave it a go, and I loved it! What a perfect opportunity for me to integrate school teaching with an empathetic, intuitive approach to working with children. Perfect for my intended future research and it was something that I could really see myself getting into. During this time, while I was teaching as a casual, I applied for many school related jobs in positions related to mainstream teaching or technology-related roles. Over 6 months of appliactions, not one of these was successful.
The special needs casual teaching was regular work that I enjoyed and it enabled me to learn many skills as a teacher and to support my family back in Japan. It also got me thinking;
"What if these are not positions that I am meant for? What if I am meant for something else? I just know that something better is out there waiting for me!"
Despite not hearing any feedback from previous job applications, I came across a position for a teacher at a Special Needs school which I applied for and I was requested for an interview almost immediately after applying. Everything about the interview felt great, however I was told that I would be contacted much later in the year.
I felt good about that, but I also knew that I needed something soon if my family were to prepare for moving over to Australia. I heard a voice say "Trust in the power of miracles".
"Ok, sure!", I thought to myself.
Just when I thought that I'd be playing a long waiting game, I received a phone call with a special needs job on offer at a different school run by the same organisation. Now I can get more things ready for my family's move over to Australia :)
I began last week and as I write this, I'd like to reflect upon the concept of perfect timing which is always in our best interests at heart. Perhaps all this time whilst the Universe was arranging this position for me that I needed to learn and grow as a person and as a teacher before anything else could fall into place. Perhaps there is the fact that I needed to simply trust in myself and the power of miracles, whilst doing what I could to keep my spirits high. Keeping my vibration high to manifest, to create, to weave my energy in synch with the flow of the Universe.
Coming back to Australia on my own put me at one of the greatest tests of my life so far. Perhaps it will be something that will always remind me of trusting my higher guidance and following my heart. Focus on the service that you can offer to the world around you and multiply the blessings that you send out and feel returning to you.
Love from Nathan and Friends O:)