Ikigai is a Japanese word without direct English translation formed by the combination of two words ‘iki’ (生き) , which translates to ‘life’ and ‘gai’ (甲斐) which describes value or worth, together (生き甲斐) ‘ikigai’ can be understood as your purpose in life or the reason why you get up in the morning.
In Japan, there are many books and research studies about the topic, including its positive influence on longevity. In 2010, a survey among 2000 Japanese people revealed that only 31% of the interviewed entities considered work as their Ikigai.In the Western world Ikigai has also become popular among authors and digital media influencers, where articles, books, audiobooks and videos can easily be found about the topic.
What is being emphasised among the authors is that in order to find your Ikigai, you must first know yourself, inclusive of knowing what you love doing and what you’re good at. Secondly, identifying that there is a need for your skills and qualities in the world. The perception of your contribution to the world while supporting your own subsistence is the realisation of your Ikigai.
In Conscientiology, the concept is closely related and expanded in what is called the ‘Proexis’. Proexis is a shortened version of the neologism Existential Program, and it is established in the extraphysical dimension before the consciousness is reborn. It can lead to either ‘complexis’, a neologism meaning existential completism or the successful execution of what had been planned during the intermissive period which can be achieved in different levels, or ‘incomplexis’,which is the condition of failing to complete an existential program which may lead to intraphysical melancholy (‘melin’) and ultimately extraphysical melancholy (‘melex’) after the ‘desoma’, or the deactivation of the human body or first (physical) death.
According to the Proexis theory, the intraphysical life can be divided into two main phases, the first phase is called ‘preparatory’ and it starts at the moment one is born and lasts about 36 years. The second phase, which extends until one’s ‘desoma’ is the ideal period for the execution of one’s ‘proexis’, for at this stage the individual should have acquired more maturity and should have already identified what he/she likes as well as identified what motivates his/her life. This phase is known as ‘executive’ and is carried out in observation of the trinomial motivation-work-leisure.
In short, the existential program emphasises the importance of interassistance, self-improvement and cosmoethics as a way to turn our lives more productive and to reach happiness. Once one retributes through interassistance, each contribution leads the person or consciousness to feel more productive, fulfilled and useful.
A skill underused, not used at all or not developed gives the sensation that something is missing in our manifestation.
If you are interested about learning more about Proexis, or existential program, you can download the Proexis - infographic from our website, this topic is also covered in numerous conscientiology publications and specifically on the book “Existential Program Manual” from Waldo Vieira. Additionally, you may want to check APEX website, which is the Conscientiocentric Institution dedicated to study of the Proexis.
“ONE OF THE WORST ECTOPIC HUMAN PRISONS THAT MUTILATES EXISTENTIAL PROGRAM IS A BELIEF SYSTEM”, Waldo Vieira, M.D, 1997