unfold your own myth

An oyster opens his mouth to swallow one drop.

Now there’s a pearl.

A vagrant wanders empty ruins.
Suddenly he’s wealthy.

But don’t be satisfied with stories,
of how things have gone with others.

Unfold your own myth,
without complicated explanation,
so everyone will understand the passage,

We have opened you.

Rumi

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Business is not a dirty word

Don’t be satisfied with stories of how things have gone with others, unfold your own myth ~ Rumi

When I am working with business owners, whether they are starting out or have been in business for a while, we explore attitudes regarding the word “business.”  Often times, whether conscious of it or not, most of us have some level of negativity about business.

This is certainly not surprising given the long history (in America particularly) of story-after-story-of-a-shocking-exposure-of “how business is done.” In addition, many of us are familiar with, and occasionally use, sayings that marry the word business with negative connotations ~check out the following from dictionary.com:

Give Someone the Business to make difficulties for someone; treat harshly, to scold severely; give a tongue-lashing to
Have No Business to have no right
Mean Business to propose to take action or be serious in intent; be in earnest
Mind One’s Own Business to refrain from meddling in the affairs of others
Do Your Business to defecate or urinate
Business is Business profit has precedence over personal considerations

These idioms surround us and are part of the cultural consciousness we operate in – yikes! If we take on aspects of a negative consciousness regarding business, it may be difficult to accept true power and prosperity from what we are building. It can be a simple exercise to uncover negative beliefs, including those we hold that are not really our own.

It is a business owner’s responsibility to recreate if necessary the business consciousness they wish to operate in themselves, as well as the consciousness they would like to envelope employees and customers with. It is a powerful thing to knowingly operate within existing consciousness while simultaneously impacting and awakening it.

Business is a vehicle that when driven properly can positively impact our immediate communities and beyond. The truth is that for each shocking-bad-business-story there are 100 positive ones……the truth is that business is not a dirty word and in fact is an inspiring one……and I do mean business about that.

If you are interested in a session to explore your business consciousness contact me.

A Voice Speaks to your Clarity

Why does the soul not fly when it hears the call?

Why does a fish, gasping on land,
but near the water,
not move back into the sea?

What keeps us from joining the dance the dust particles do?

Look at the subtle motions in sunlight.

We are out of our cages
with our wings spread,
yet we do not lift off.

We keep collecting rocks and broken bits
of pottery like children
pretending they are merchants.

We should split the sack
of this culture
and stick our heads out.

Look around.
Leave your childhood.

Reach your right hand up
and take this book from the air.
You do know right from left, don’t you?

A voice speaks to your clarity.
Move into the moment of your death.
Consider what you truly want.

Now call out commands yourself.
You are the king. Phrase your question,
and expect the grace of an answer.

Rumi

Look into the mysterious

Look for the mysterious in life. Wherever you look – in the white clouds, in the stars in the night, in the flowers, in a flowing river – wherever you look, look for the mystery. And whenever you find that a mystery is there, meditate on it. Meditation means: dissolve yourself before that mystery, annihilate yourself before that mystery, disperse yourself before that mystery. Be no more, and let the mystery be so total that you are absorbed in it. And suddenly a new door opens, a new perception is achieved ~ Osho

When you are attempting to implement, tweak, or develop a growth plan for your business, the first step should always be checking into the mysterious. Checking into the mysterious means looking beyond your first impressions, viewing your business holographically and moving beyond the boundaries of making “typical” business decisions. In this way you access and integrate new perceptions into action and suddenly…all flows.

Plan & Let Go

Fundamentally, planning is about creating the steps between a current situation and a chosen future.  To paraphrase Julia Cameron, who so brilliantly addresses our creative urge in The Artist’s Way…we are compelled because we are ourselves creations; infused with an indwelling creative force. Creative energy is a gift – we are meant to design new creations as a gift back. Refusal to do so is counter to our true nature.

We intuitively know how to form creative energy into a structure that has the potential to attract what we need and desire. Steps are taken; energy turns into form i.e. a spider spins a web, an entrepreneur writes a business plan.  Often, frustration occurs when as soon as the structure is designed, we continue to expect specific linear results (hello ego!) and become lost and identified with goals and the structure itself. How can we relax when our structure demands that there are customers to capture, products to be sold, and bills to be paid?

One option is to go after our targets no matter what – stomping over competitors and employees, short-changing or deceiving customers, destroying the planet and ignoring our values.  Another option is to recognize and get over the fact that after we plan what we want, the specific linear results from specific actions phase is over.

Evolving business concepts proactively interweave attention and action.  When we design frameworks, it is natural that not only will some success show up, but external resistance and internal doubt will also arise.   Once the structure is intact, it is imperative to to be attentive, enthralled, fascinated, and non-judgmental about EVERYTHING that shows up in our web.  We must then be willing to intervene if necessary, let go and modify external actions with the feedback we have received from the universe / environment.  We also must be willing to acknowledge and clean-up, to the best of our ability, fear and doubt that may arise within ourselves and our team.  Planning and letting go is the equivalent of ego and sacred attention working together- ensuring honorable, joyful, and sustainable bottom-lines.

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Fundamentally, planning is about creating the steps between a current

Receiving

Following are three easy ways to consciously receive

1) Make delivery simple and Surround Yourself With The Energy of Gratitude

The universe will try to find a way to get you what you want even if you sit at home. Someone might just knock on your door and that’s the person or client of your dreams. But that may happen after a while, say…. ten years time 🙂

So it might be better to really open up to all the possibilities of getting your desires manifested. You should truly show to the universe that you are ready: brighten up, create a business a plan, go out to meet your future partner & clients.

2) Have the right mindset and Surround Yourself With The Energy of Gratitude

Make sure you have no limiting beliefs left in you that might prevent you from receiving your desires.

Deep down, for example, you may feel that money is actually bad, or that it makes people worse off or that you are not ready to be wealthy.

If this is the situation you are in, you should remember that these limiting beliefs are all created by you and they can be overcome. However, you will need to really question yourself about what kind of limiting beliefs may be holding you back.

Or you can use another method for eliminating limiting beliefs, which are positive affirmations repeated daily.

3) Be specific and Surround Yourself With The Energy of Gratitude

When you know exactly what you want, the universe can create definite plans as to how the thing that you want will manifest in your life. So if, for example, you want to manifest a house, then you should know where the house will be located, how many rooms it has to have, how the garden will look like and so on. You should see it as clearly as you can in your mind so that it would look real to you already.

When you are specific about what you want, you clear up your vibration and therefore you emanate the vibration to attract that specific thing in your life.

 

Align

Consider deeply what feels truly right, honorable, and appropriate… act from that space.

New Blossoms ~ Rumi

Why Poetry? Sit near someone who has had the experience.
Sit under a tree with new blossoms.

Walking the section of the market
where chemists sell essences,
you will receive conflicting advice.

Go toward kindness.
If you are not sure where that is,
you will be drawn by the fakes.

They will take your money and sit you down
on their doorstep saying, I’ll be right back.
But they have another door they leave by.

Do not dip your cup in a pot
just because it has reached the simmering point.

Not every reed is sugarcane.
Not every under has an over.

Not every eye can see.
Or it may be you cannot thread the needle
because it already has thread in it.

Your loving alertness is a lantern.

Keep it protected from wind
that makes it crazy.

Instead of that airy commotion
live in the water that gently cools
as it flows. Be a helpful friend,
and you will become a green tree
with always new fruit,
always deeper journeys into love.

Promising Results

If any seemingly “intangible service or program” that you are offering or purchasing promises an increase in productivity, customer service, product quality, sales or the like– measure it. If the service or program cannot promise results linked to business performance, reconsider it.

It is important to expose any fantasy related to the application of services such as coaching, consulting, and training. Clearing out delusions and examining motivation, supports accountability for both buyer and seller — ensuring inspirational and truly powerful results.

All programs should produce a demonstrable increase in business performance that exceeds the cost of the program (Results – Cost)/Results = Return on Investment (R.O.I.).

Before the program begins, obtain a baseline number of the performance measures (e.g. productivity, customer satisfaction, employee retention, product quality, or sales). Only track a measure that is clearly linked to the overall success or profitability of the business.

Convert information such as customer and employee satisfaction scores into a dollar amount. Similarly, cost of the program can be translated into a “score.” The goal is to have two like numbers to use in the R.O.I. formula.

Determine how often the measure will be revisited. Immediately following the program and quarterly or semi-annually checkpoints are typically good.

Share and discuss the results to keep the door open for further inquiry into how the program can impact the performance measure. Maintain effectiveness as the measure of truth.

Considering only the cost of a program is like a viticulturist paying more attention to the bottle than to the wine. When measurable results are integrated into program implementation, the delivery of substance over form is ensured.

Gazing at the Light ~ Rumi

Why Poetry?

The lamps are different, but the Light is the same.

So many garish lamps in the dying brain’s lamp-show,
Forget about them.

Concentrate on the essence, concentrate on the Light.
In lucid bliss, calmly smoking off its own holy fire,

The Light streams towards you from all things,
All people, all possible permutations of good, evil, thought, passion.

The lamps are different,
but the Light is the same.

One matter, one energy, one Light, one Light-mind,
Endlessly emanating all things.

One turning and burning diamond,
One, one, one.

Ground yourself, strip yourself down,
To blind loving silence.

Stay there, until you see
You are gazing at the Light
With its own ageless eyes.