Authentic Living – Here or Hel?

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Tips for Nurtured Entrepreneurs | 6 Comments
Tolle, a Norse Goddess, and Your Entrepreneurial Life

An entrepreneurial friend of mine who practices authentic living and ‘The Presence Process’ as taught by Michael Brown in his book of the same name, recently summed up her life during a phone conversation.

“I can be here, or I can be in hell,” she told me. 

Here meaning being in the presence and power of NOW.  Hell meaning hounded by fear in any of its forms when our mind focuses on past or future worries.  We laughed loud and long as our hearts took in the deep truth in her statement.

In the ups and downs of daily entrepreneurship, authentic living can be a challenge.  We find ourselves here and in hell on a regular basis.  One isn’t good or bad.  They are the ‘what is’ as the moments of the day unfold.

  • A new client unexpectedly decides to postpone working with us.
  • A unexpected referral shows up and can’t wait to start working with us.
  • A payment is long overdue.
  • A long-term client sends us a thank-you gift for our excellent customer service.
  • Our web site contact form stops working for no apparent reason.
  • The new software we need to learn turns out to be easy to learn.

Whether the events of our day APPEAR good or bad, we can be here or in hell with them.  For example (click image to enlarge):

 

Postscript:  Shortly after the phone conversation, I learned of an ancient Norse Goddess of the Underworld named Hel.  She was (among other roles) a goddess of transformation.  She welcomed the dead, but also assisted those who were stuck, troubled, or in transition, who traveled to visit her in her underworld home.  They came for messages and signs related to what they needed to release, take in, or claim to move on to their next role back in the reality of life on earth. Lends new meaning to the pejorative, ‘Go to Hel.” (smile)

Until next time,

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6 Comments

  1. Andrea
    May 16, 2013

    Jana, what a helpful description of entrepreneurial life and how to respond to the best and the (perceived) worse of it. I think you’ve created the original handy chart on staying present – at least, I have never seen anything like it before – thank you!

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    • Jana Jopson
      May 16, 2013

      Appreciate your thoughts, Andrea! Putting this into a chart helped me think through the options myself.

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  2. Dorothy
    May 16, 2013

    Jana, I enjoyed this post. Being mindful and living in the present are my mantras for this new year. I’m going to do a little research on Hel! I also want you to know how much I enjoyed your e-book (when I signed up for your mailing list). I’m generally a little skeptical of these things, but I got a lot out of yours! Thank you!

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    • Jana Jopson
      May 16, 2013

      Dorothy, thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I’m glad to know this topic resonated with you – I think it does for most entrepreneurs who bring their work to the world through the lens of spirituality. Re: the “report” — I’ve downloaded many free opt-in gifts that lived up to my skepticism (smile), so creating something I knew could be of value was important to me. I greatly appreciate your confirmation.

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  3. Kim Loftis
    May 16, 2013

    I love it, Jana! How perfect that I dropped by today, as this was the perfect reminder that I needed in this moment! :) And I, too, am going to do some research on Hel! She definitely sounds like someone I want to make friends with! Thanks as always for your insights.

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    • Jana Jopson
      May 16, 2013

      Thank you, Kim. With the ‘cult of speed’ that seems to predominate in our part of the world, reminders are essential. That’s why I have a small bulletin board on the wall just above my monitor filled with them (I rotate bits and pieces from various juicy sources). Enjoy researching Goddess Hel!

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