Posts Tagged ‘Source’

The Spiritual Path of Business

October 12, 2013

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What do you want more of in your life?  Recently, I asked this question to a few thousand people, and the responses came pouring in.  More love, more money, more travel, and to know what one wants were the prevalent themes.  

When I originally posed this question, I was working on a program I’ve been creating and wanted to see which focus would serve the most people.  It didn’t occur to me that I had already been serving up what I serve up best, and that the people who were following me on social media were there because of what they found with me.  This single realization was an entrepreneurial epiphany on caffeine.

It’s true that an entrepreneurial venture is one of the most powerful incubators for spiritual growth.  When I first heard that statement, I didn’t get it.  Now, after years of enduring the white hot heat of entrepreneurialism, I totally get it.  Many transformations take place in honing all of the different aspects of a business, and everything in it reflect the person who’s creating it.  If one doesn’t continue to get their act together, the business will fail.  Oh yes, and only the heavy duty stick-with-it-ers win. This mix is a cauldron of personal growth and transformation.

 Giving up is not in the vocabulary of an true entrepreneur.  Changing, re-aligning, shifting ideas around, finding resources, finding information, working harder, working smarter, learning to balance, researching, delegating, laser-focused introspection, communication, team work, social skills, belief, dogged faith and determination, relentless self-inventory…these and more are all a part of creating and running a business.

What does this have to do with the question I posed?  In seeking to serve the most people and asking them how I could serve them what they truly wanted, I found out what the heart of my business was.  Years of being coached didn’t uncover this precious gem.  I’ve agonized over it, taken quiz after quiz, courses, read libraries of books, listened to videos, ad nauseum. But after all was said and done, the single most powerful step I’ve taken came out of prayer and meditation, and a deep desire to serve.

What were the steps I took?  First, I tried everything else I could think of.  When none of it offered my answer, I gave up and told Source to just give me a sign please.  Then I lived in surrender for a while.  I felt an urge to serve and put out a call in the form of a question to everyone I knew. The a~ha moment came only after I had given up my own agenda and opened my heart fully to serving others.  It’s happened before, but now I’m seeing the pattern and it has a definite flavor.

The places in my life where I have fully given myself to service, heart and soul, are the places where the richest gifts have come to me.  They’re the places where I had no expectation, and the gifts arrived like a universal, colossal Christmas of a tidal wave.  

Here are the things I’ve learned about how to run a successful business so far in no special order:

1. Show up regularly and fully.

2. Honor the concept of time.

3. See what is wanted and needed, and give that.

4. Have fun no matter what.

5. If it lights you up, it’s yours to do.

6. Put Source, God, your Higher Self, whatever you call It, first.

7. Banish negative thoughts and negative people.

8. Focus on what’s working and do more of that.

9. Live a healthy lifestyle.

10. Pour love into everything you’re doing.

11. Honor the people you serve.

12. Be willing to receive.

13. Always go the extra mile.

14. There’s no such thing as competition when the Divine is in charge.

15. Procrastination is a sign that it’s time to dance and listen to what your body needs you to know.

16. Every single thing turns out better if you pray first.

17. Love yourself.

18. Be very flexible and open.

19. Great support comes in unexpected ways if you keep your eyes open.

20. Give more of what you don’t have enough of.

 

 

Trusting A Higher Power

June 24, 2012

 

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Lately, I’m honing my trusting skills.  Honing trust is not generally the way one thinks about it, I know.  Isn’t trust what someone else earns from you?  Well, yes, in a sense.  I’ve heard that said in several places, especially in relationship books.  When one partner strays (don’t you love that word?), it’s not only incredibly painful, but it can damage the trust permanently (and consequently the relationship itself)  if no one does anything to repair that trust, build it up with new behavior and accountability.  I’d like us to take trust and move it out of the realm of something that we just have or we don’t, into a skill we can strengthen.

 

In spiritual teachings, we’re supposed to just trust God implicitly.  I’ve had conversations with my little boy about this, where he’s upset about something and I suggest prayer and affirmations, and patience along with trust.  As he gets older, he doesn’t seem so keen on this idea of trust, and I’m wondering how to not only model what this looks like to him, but also help him to understand that an answer to prayer doesn’t always look like what we had in mind.  If we wait long enough, though, it always ends up being a greater gift if we’re wise enough to look deeper.

 

Sometimes in the moment, it can seem downright deflating, or it looks like God doesn’t even exist, the outcome can be so seemingly opposite of good in our eyes.  I can think of many times in my past where events most definitely did not fit my idea of a good time.  It’s like we’re all small children who think that ‘good’ looks one way, and ‘bad’ looks another, when in fact what we perceive as ‘bad’ is the very best spiritual vitamin we could have been handed.

 

Trust, to me, is a feature of faith, and in order to have miracles of synchronicity and beauty in our lives, we have to work at this faith thing.  “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb.11:1)  (Yes, I quoted the Bible, right out here in public.  It’s a shaky thing to do because I’m hypersensitive to those who’ve been traumatized by the hypocrisy and persecution of those claiming to be Christian, but I don’t want you to miss out on the creamy center because of someone else’s stale shell of issues.)  There’s a wealth of wisdom in the good book that we could miss out on if we allow misguided religious fanatics to get in the way of our soul candy.  About faith, though, Emilie Cady tells us that faith is an intuitive move.  Relying on intellect or physical facts will not get us the miraculous manifestations we desire.

 

So where does trust come into play?  Trust is the fuel in the faith mobile. The two qualities go hand in hand.  We have to take a leap that can feel terrifying, a powerful jump from intellectual fact finding to even skim the surface of faith.  Yet, it’s the most crucial ongoing quality that gets us the miraculous manifestations we are craving.  We cannot expect the universe to gather molecules and energy into one place in time, creating a desired thing, unless we have faith.  And when we feel that faith slipping, and begin to lose sight of our precious desire, the element of a powerful trust in a Higher Consciousness is the free tank of endless free fuel in the faith mobile that exists.


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