Dear Nurtured Entrepreneur,
The book lover’s lament – so many books to read, so little time – certainly rings true for me. I read a statement once by a famous author saying he never read a book twice. Too many more to read. But a book that raises your mental realm to a higher level of vibration (and then your feelings and your body) is meant to be read and read again.
One read-me-again book* in my library leaves me feeling tapped in, tuned in, turned on as the Abraham-Hicks teachings say. I call it all circuits firing. Even a single page in this book soothes me if I need that, tickles my funny bone if I need that, enlivens every cell if I need that. It’s a book I want to tell all my best friends about (and have) and so even though I’ve written about it here before, I’m going to mention it again. Yes, I do think of you as best friends and I love sharing juicy books with you.
Try this out. Say you are looking for a house. Here’s what this book suggests:
“Bring the home that’s right for me.
Let Divine Order pick the perfect place that’s meant to be mine.”
You can improvise for anything. For example:
Bring the man/woman that’s right for me.
Let Divine Order pick the perfect man/woman that’s meant to be mine.
I like to personalize it thus:
Dear Divine, please bring the clients that are just right for me.
I now open to allow Divine Order to pick the perfect clients for me.
Here’s another one from the book:
“Today the Divine will show me the way.
I’m open to all messages, signs, and omens.
I’ll move as if there’s a Force of Love waiting to aid me in every area of my life, big or small.”
The author includes the directive that after calling in Divine Order, it’s imperative to take inspired action. This is how things synch up at the right time in the right place. It’s a Divine Partnership!
- Take a deep breath all the way in, hold it a second, and let it all the way out …deep, deep exhale.
- Read your customized prayer. Make up your own (focus on surrender and trust).
- Repeat step #1.
- Ask your body, mind, and heart how they feel compared to how they felt before step #1.
Here’s what The Mayan Oracle says about surrender and trust:
“Surrender is a yielding to the essence self, letting go of the need to control and manipulate reality in order to realize one’s full potential. It’s a state of mind and heart characterized by openness and trust in the Universe. Surrender is freedom. […] Trust is a state of surrender to the Divine Self. Knowing that one is supported on one’s journey toward wholeness. Trust implies the understanding that the lessons one is given, no matter what their appearance, are serving one’s highest evolution.”
Maybe it really can be simple. Do you believe?
Until next time … appreciate, enjoy, be kind,
* Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead by Tosha Silver
Note: Books are so personal. This may not be a fit for you so of course explore before you buy.
This week, I’ve been invited to share my thoughts on the notion of saving time by doing less. This theme is being examined by various entrepreneur’s in blog posts at WeWork. As an entrepreneur, WeWork’s innovative concept provides you with “the space, community, and services you need to create your life’s work.”
Addressing this theme, blog author Alex Cavoulacos says that “knowing what not to do, and what to stop doing, can make a huge difference in your happiness and productivity.” I agree wholeheartedly. Below, I respond to the same questions from her original post, answering them from an additional perspective. Read both sets and see if you’re investing your (precious) time well …
Years ago, I was visiting in a friend’s home. On her refrigerator was a page torn from a magazine. There on a ski slope was a Dad holding his little boy up in front of him, both on skis and smiling. The caption read:
Dear Nurtured Entrepreneur,
What works for you in running your spiritually-focused business may not be what you hear and read even from entrepreneurs very similar to you. “What makes a good life is so personal,” says Martha Beck, and I think that’s an understatement in life and business. More >
Dear Nurtured Entrepreneur,
Today I’m doing something I’ve never done before: asking you to venture to another author’s blog post. Kristin Noelle is a woman after my own heart, a kindred spirit with all of us spiritual entrepreneurs and Beckian wayfinders.* The minute I read her post I knew I had to share it with you. Not only will you find it full of her usual openness, honesty, vulnerability, and truth, but it also carries a theme that’s part of the weave of my life tapestry and perhaps yours, too: TRUST.
In her post (that I just know will uplift you) look for:
- the importance of getting away to gain clarity
- hints about a delicious new book that could help us all pare down our overstuffed lives
- the blessing and power of seeing our own life patterns
- encouragement to choose courage and trust “again and again and again”
* my term for readers of Martha Beck’s Finding Your Way in a Wild New World
Kristin is one my treasured discoveries that I’ll be including on my new web site (keep your fingers crossed for October launch) under resources for Quiet Entrepreneurs.
See you in two weeks. In the meanwhile, have yourself a wonderful day. Do something kind for yourself and the ones you love.
There’s a guided meditation recording* I listen to when I can’t fall asleep. Whether restless with joyful anticipation or caught in a loop of angst, the voice and words of this good guide almost always lead me into peaceful slumber. Do you have one like this? More >
When was the last time you cleaned up your online files? Think of each one as the equivalent of a paper document in a filing cabinet drawer. Would you want the energy of useless, outdated reams of paper sitting forgotten in your space for creativity? No, that’s stagnant energy. Energy that’s blocking the flow of good into your life and business.
Yes, I saw it in the movie theater six times. The 1982 American science fiction film, E. T. (for extra-terrestrial), was a big hit in my household. One of my favorite scenes, however, had nothing to do with the little creature from outer space. More >
I learned a new term this week: The Cone of Uncertainty. Sounds like a potential sci-fi trilogy, but it’s actually a concept used in software development, hurricane forecasting and various other industries.
Maybe you’ve heard of it (if not, check it out on Wikipedia), but it was a new one on me. While The Cone of Uncertainty is a concept and not tangible, I started thinking about our lives on Earth and all of the uncertainties involved in being a spirit in human form. Everything in the Universe is constantly changing.
Byron Katie, speaker and author, says it’s better to know that we don’t know, and keep ourselves open to let life take us where it will. Yes, and … I’m keen on the idea that there are, as Oprah Winfrey says, some things I know for sure. Either way, we all feel like we’re in the clutches of The Cone more definitely at some times than others.
- What do you do when you feel the rigid embrace of “The Cone?”
- How in the world do you cope?
- Are there things you tell yourself that help shift the energy?
Noticing it is a good first step. That gives a little breathing space between you and it. If I’m really squeezed, I say, “Angels be with me,” over and over and s-l-o-w my breathing until I feel the energy shift at least a tiny bit.
Sometimes the Cone can … linger. The very best recommendations I’ve ever heard about dealing with that situation come from a book called Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead by one Tosha Silver.
I fell in love with her just reading the jacket cover!
I gave away all my copies and had to buy another one. By then all the paperbacks were sold out and I had to buy the new hardcover version, but that was all right. I wanted it close by at all times.
Tosha says that by learning to let the Divine take the lead and opening our daily love letters from this “ardent inner suitor,” we learn how to be guided to take right action at the right time … even when we’re in The Cone.
Share what helps you the most when The Cone of Uncertainty shows up in your life. It’s a dilemma we all experience – we can all use tips for the journey.
How can I write a meaningful post for you today? I am feeling muddled. Not crabby, but my head is a little achy from two sips of unaccustomed red wine last night and not going to bed at the usual hour. More >
Early one morning as I stood in the open kitchen doorway gazing out into the back yard and feeling appreciation for all I could take in with my senses, my irksome ego mind interrupted “… come on, get to work, you slept too late already!” Wow. All that from my very own brain.
I brought this up at lunch with my good friend Kay the next day, the challenge of being guided by our own true desires — of flesh or of spirit — rather than the countless ‘should’ messages we’re surrounded with by culture or in our own minds.
- Do I really want to help save the planet or am I supposed to want to?
- Do I really want a green smoothie for lunch or am I supposed to want one?
- Do I really want to have a six-figure income from my business or am I supposed to want it?
- Do I really want (fill in the blank) or am I supposed to want it?
I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t raised to think about what I might want (aside from mayo or mustard on my bologna sandwich). The first time I heard the Abraham-Hicks teaching about answering the question, “What do I want?”, I was so stunned to realize I didn’t know, it took me several years to come up with a clear answer.
Brushing off or clearing away all the judgments about what’s a good thing to want, bad thing to want, worth wanting — all the unlearning to excavate our true wants — can be a big job. It isn’t about always getting what we want. It’s about knowing what we want, authentically, clearly, and in current time (sometimes we hold onto a want only to realize it is out of date).
The best guide I’ve come up with for discerning true wants is this:
- Be in your body, send an energetic cord down into Mother Earth and feel the connection (you have to know a want with your whole being, not just in your head).
- Be still, be quiet, in as peaceful a spot as is available at the time (slowing down to this level outside of sleep means taking a page from nature; better yet, be in nature).
- Close your eyes and listen (remember, we have two ears and one mouth by design).
- Connect with your heart and feel for your answer (look at the dial on your inner compass, your Divine Wisdom).
Sometimes the knowing is quick, sometimes not. Be patient. And it doesn’t always take all of this. Sometimes if you just pause a moment and ask, you know. Be patient. True wants are worth knowing.
Peace and ease,