Don’t go back to Sleep

Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.

Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill where two worlds touch.

The round door is open.
Don’t go back to sleep.

Rumi

Does meditation improve earning capacity?

water 8How does meditation affect our creativity, work and earning capacities?

-Meditation helps us to make choices based on action vs. activity… activity comes from the mind running rampant… action is aligned with vision and purpose.

-Meditation gives us insight, illumination and aha! moments of never before thought of solutions and action.

-Meditation ultimately makes us much more productive, thus improving our earning capacity!

Meditation can go a long way toward making us the people we wish to be; enabling us to “pause” and connect with our deeper, intuitive selves as we make a multitude of decisions throughout the day.

Often, we don’t adequately think an issue through; we may let fear rule a decison, digging ourselves an even deeper hole than the one we’re already in; we fail to connect deeply with people and situations around us, leading to all manner of negative results.

Between the twenty-four-hour blitz of often depressing world news and large issues rampant everywhere, many people feel like they’re barely holding on. Dysfunctional responses such as overeating, drinking and drugging to excess, and self-medicating through recreational or pharmaceutical drug use have become common responses to stress.

For millions of years our ancestors toiled with their bodies, worked the earth, and sat around campfires in the evening telling stories. Our challenge is to compensate for the wear and tear of moderninty’s assault on our nervous systems.

The benefits of meditation go beyond destressing the mind; meditation actually expands the mind and rebuilds our nervous system.

Making us strong and productive in fulfilling ways.

ReferenceThe Law of Divine Compensation – On work, money, and miracles ~ by Marianne Williamson

Face your Brilliant Creation

We are ourselves creations, and we in turn are meant to design new creations. ~Julia Cameron

You must fall in love with yourself, warts and all, if you are going to have anyone else fall in love with what you are creating and offering. Part of falling in love with yourself is understanding and accepting that you are a brilliant center of powerful creation.

Because you are a center of powerful creation, you must also be willing to face the responsibility of your creations. As your business expands and grows, the Core Ideology (mission, vision, and values) ensures that business actions and transactions are in integrity with your original intention. The Core Ideology is, consciously and in co-creation with spirit, determined by you.

The main thrust of core ideology is that it is enduring. Ultimately, Core Ideology provides “higher thinking” and guide posts from which to make decisions ~like a beacon reminding you of what you and your company are all about when things are moving really fast, as well as when things seem dark or confusing. The core remains intact regardless of circumstances (very much like spiritual principles that endure over time, resonate when we hear them, and bring us back to center).  A powerful core ideology will speak to anyone who hears it and supersedes individual personalities.

With your business, you are creating a garden for Divine Source to visit and co-grow. The Core Ideology is the marker, the framework, the boundaries of your particular garden. It states and anchors in that in THIS garden, each and every flower (transaction) will have THIS particular seed of your expression within it. The Ideology trains you to be in the now of the day-to-day business of your business; by trusting the garden you are in — you are free to express joyfully and move into your brilliant power and creation more and more.

They call to you to sing

We share our tools and instruments and plates;
We are companions on this earth.

As the sun and planets are in the sky.
We are all sentries at our sacred humble posts.

The stones and stars envy the movements
Of your legs and tongue
And call to you to sing on their behalf.

The atoms in your cells and limbs are full of wonderful talents;
They dance in the Hidden Choir Spirit conducts.

This love you now have of the Truth
Will never forsake you.

Your joys and sufferings on this arduous path
Are lifting your worn veil like a rising stage curtain

And will surely reveal your Magnificent Self
So that you can guide this world like Spirit

In the Hidden choir
Spirit and his friends will forever
Conduct.

HAFIZ

lean your graceful plan towards spirit

Look what can happen when you lean your graceful plan towards spirit, look at all that amorous light you can catch which will illuminate your customers and loose your soul.

Imagine your business as a garden that Spirit steps into. When you plant the seeds, whether it is the germination of an idea or the strategic evolution of an existing business, Spirit is immediately with you enjoying your creation.  Lean your graceful plan towards Spirit and watch the light on your garden increase and sparkle.

The most important reason to create or evolve a business plan is to design a tangible framework in which you are free to co-create with spirit.  Between your eye and your plan Spirit stands waiting.

5 reasons to have a Business Plan:

1 – To design a tangible framework in which you invite spirit to co-create with you.

2 – To encourage you to ask yourself and others the right questions –right questions include hard questions.

3 – To serve as a guide for the lifetime of your business by providing guideposts and tools to analyze growth, as well as exit points.

4 – To communicate to others who may want to participate with you (as investors, lenders, partners, etc.) what your business is about and where it is going.

5 – To allow you to be in the “now” of the day-to-day tending of the business of your business.

Whether your plan is 5 hand-written pages or a leather bound 100 page document, without it your business can be rudderless and invisible in terms of impact; day-to-day activities will be randomly reactive. Think of your Business Plan as an invitation to Spirit to co-create, guide, play and….shine on you.

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

Unfold your own myth with the Integral Strategic Design Process. In a 90-day time frame, we review, revise and / or completely create your strategic business plan with a focus on engaging all of the assets available to you, including, but not limited to, traditional assets, cultural assets, and your own innate leadership and business wisdom. Click here for more info >> Integral Strategic Design

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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