Creating Your Spirit-Guided Business

spiritHave you ever wondered how Spirit can help you grow, nurture, and sustain your business?

If you’re caught up in the day-to-day process of identifying, connecting with, and serving clients, processing payments, managing projects and vendors, you might have lost track of the spiritual connection with your business. I get it. I’ve been there, too.

Even with the most spiritual business there are still physical logistics and details that must be organized, managed, and overseen. How do we handle those when we’re not sure which decision is best?

Let Spirit Guide Your Business

When growing and running your business begins to feel like a never-ending chore, it can be the perfect time to step back and tap into Divine energy. Regardless of religious or spiritual beliefs, or the terms we use, most of us can agree there is One Energy Source from which is created All That Is.

That energy source can be a integral part of our business and all its components. As human beings, especially the founders of businesses, we can get stuck thinking we must know it all and have all the answers all the time. Yet the omnipresent and omnipotent Source / Spirit actually DOES know it all and have all the answers! Answers and perspectives we cannot not possibly know from our vantage point. Nor can we access it from a state of frustration or fear.

In his classic book, The Abundance Book, one of the most important premises that John Randolph Price wrote was the concept that no person, place, or condition is our supply:
spiritEmbracing the expansive consciousness that Spirit is our Supply—not our business or our customers/clients, is an important part of allowing Spirit to support, nurture, and sustain our growing businesses.

When we recognize that everything comes from One Source, and that One Source is our ultimate Supply, it changes how we view business situations, climate, interactions, transactions, and outcomes. Our own energy about our business changes. Clients/Customers as well as vendors and support members come and go as part of a positive energy alignment process. Everyone in the process is served well. Where a vacuum is created, something even better will take it’s place. Overall, it becomes increasingly easier to trust that Spirit’s wider perspective is helping us in ways we might not be able to foresee. As a result, we develop a deeper faith in our business success.

How to Invite Spirit Into Your Business

It’s easier to invite Spirit in than you might think, but first there are a few things to release:

A. Start by letting your ego take a backseat. By admitting that you cannot have the full perspective that Spirit has, you can let your ego off-the-hook for ‘being in control’, ‘knowing it all’, and ‘having all the answers’. Actually, it feels wonderful!

B. Cultivate a Willingness to Be Guided. To an outsider, this might look a little like giving up, but the energy is very different. Giving up can come from frustration and feeling like a failure, whereas a willingness to be guided is energetically opening up to guidance and wisdom to which you currently do not have access. You can do this by:
– Silently offering your questions to Spirit and asking for guidance
– Journaling your questions to Spirit, writing down what comes to you in response
– Affirmatively praying appreciation for Spirit’s presence, and for all wisdom coming forward on this subject
– Lighting a candle, or holding a crystal, as you cultivate the feeling of already receiving Spirit’s guidance and give thanks
– Use Abraham-Hick’s Placemat Process to write down what you need the Universe to help you accomplish (and be willing to let it go, knowing it’s taken care of)
– Starting and ending your business day with a 10-minute meditation to align yourself with Spirit’s guidance and involvement in your business decisions

C. Appreciate when Answers, Solutions, and Opportunities Arise. Mindfully appreciate the support that is coming through. Some of us might not notice it *in the moment*, but when it comes into our awareness we say, “Thank you, Spirit!” Give thanks in advance, as well. Regularly AFFIRM your receipt and appreciation for all the insight Spirit sends your way. The more you acknowledge the support you are receiving, the more Law of Attraction brings additional support into your awareness.

D. Do not Argue With / Resist What You Don’t Like. When answers, solutions, and opportunities show up like losing a big client or seeing a door close, do your best not to argue with or resist what shows up. Instead, ask “Spirit, how is this a blessing for my business?” and notice what comes up. If you get stuck energetically in resisting what shows up, you might miss the blessing that is coming right behind! When a big client goes away, a bigger and better one often shows up. When a door closes, something better is about to enter. Be ready, energetically, to receive!

E. Keep Spirit in the Loop. Many business owners begin inviting Spirit in when our business is struggling. When things start going really good with our business, it can be easy to forget this process and stop inviting Spirit to join you. However, when things start to spiral downward, you’ll be reminded why this is a process to continue for the entire life of your business. Keep it going, even when it doesn’t look like your business could get any better than it already is!

Now, I want to know: Do you let Spirit guide your business? If not, are you ready to start?

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Nancy Barry-JanssonNancy Barry-Jansson is a Metaphysical Teacher / Mentor who specializes in helping creative and healing women entrepreneurs grow and prosper through their businesses. She has spent more than 33+ years with metaphysical studies and been running her own creative business for more than 23 years. Learn more at AffirmingSpirit.com.

Affirming Prosperity

Are you affirming prosperity or poverty? The answer will be evident in your life: If you are overflowing with plenty in all areas that matter to you, then you are affirming prosperity. If not, you’ve probably been unconsciously affirming poverty and lack.

Fortunately, the same energy that created lack can create prosperity! If you’ve done any reading on prosperity, likely you’ve read recommendations to tithe. What is tithing and why is it recommended?

Back in 2009, I wrote a post about tithing after hearing former Unity minister and prosperity teacher Edwene Gaines speak on the subject. Of course, having lived for five years (as a Catholic and later as a metaphysician) in Salt Lake City, Utah, I was very familiar with the concept of church members paying 10% (a tithe, a tenth) to their church.

In her talk, Edwene had introduced me to the idea of giving money to sources of spiritual food ~ whatever and whomever I truly appreciated. That certainly changed how I experienced giving, making giving more fun and meaningful to me, and less of a forced obligation or a *should*. Tithing to sources of spiritual sustenance is another way to affirm prosperity and support what has supported you in growing spiritually.

We know that the Law of Attraction is lining us up with experiences that have similar energy. So when we give from a place of joy and appreciation, we are attracting more experiences of joy and appreciation. The emotions behind our actions draw to us more and more similar experiences.

Other prosperity teachers and authors have written about tithing. Most, like John Randolph Price in his bible-referencing Abundance Book, simply say about tithing: Do it. Prove that you know more prosperity is headed your way. By giving money freely and not hoarding it, Price suggests that tithing sends the message to the Universe that we are open to receiving more money. However, not everyone who tithes experiences abundant returns. Why is that?!? If tithing is so essential to prosperity, how come many who do it do not benefit financially?

What’s intriguing about this approach is that it has induced many financially-desperate folks to tithe from a place of “I don’t really want to and I can’t really afford this, but if I give now, more money will come to me”, rather from a place of joyful and appreciative giving. Remember, Law of Attraction is lining us up with similar feeling experiences. This might explain why tithing is not always a sure-fire way to receive more abundance.

Recently, I was reading the late Eric Butterworth’s book, Spiritual Economics. Having been a Unity Minister in NYC, Butterworth’s book delves into the spiritual aspect of money and has lots of Bible references, just as the Abundance Book does. Butterworth, however, goes deeper into the concept of tithing.

Beginning with a short biblical history lesson, Butterworth explains that tithing 2000+ years ago was a mandatory form of taxation which took 10% (a tithe) of all assets (food, supplies and animals). He also showed how the Bible does not reference Jesus ever speaking positively about tithing or linking it to the concept of receiving more. Rather, Butterworth shows that Jesus taught about giving freely and from the heart, and this book suggests we’d be better off doing that, rather than tithing.

I have to agree. When I stopped giving to organizations I was resenting for their constant barrage of junk mail and started giving ONLY to sources of spiritual food (regardless of whether I could get a tax write-off), I started giving more freely from the heart. It just felt so good! Yeah, there were a few non-profits in there but there were also some individuals, teachers, authors, and speakers who had inspired me.

This also got me thinking about paying taxes, which was the original meaning of tithing. Paying taxes is also a reflection of the amount of financial prosperity you have experienced…a way to affirm prosperity. I have experienced this personally. There were several consecutive years after the dotcom bust where I had limited-to-no income.

When you don’t have enough income, you don’t pay taxes, either. That might seem like a good thing, except that chances are also pretty good there wasn’t enough money for basics like food and shelter, either. To top it off, talking and/or complaining about it only affirms poverty and lack.

The first time my accountant told me I hadn’t earned enough to pay taxes, I was OK with it…but, as the quarters passed with the same news, it just made me sad! If you have also experienced this, then you know that paying taxes is another way to affirm prosperity. It keeps currency moving in flow, rather than piling up and stagnating. I remember the first time I owed taxes again, and how ecstatic I was: It meant I had earned a good living!

Realizing this gave me an epiphany about giving, in general, whether to sources of spiritual food or to pay taxes: When we stop whining and complaining about having to give (taxes) or choosing to give (donations), giving instead from a place of appreciation because we know we have plenty and are happy to share, that’s the signal the Universe needs to send us more!

When you have more than enough, sharing can be fun. In the U.S., many folks are preparing to pay taxes for income received in 2011. If you have a habit of being upset about paying taxes, it would benefit you greatly to shift that attitude. Act as if you already have enough, share from a place of appreciation and plenty: Affirm Prosperity!

What have you been affirming—prosperity/abundance or poverty/lack? I’d love you to share your comments and suggestions below…

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Creating Your Own Economy

If you’re breathing, it’s pretty hard to miss it: Everybody and their brother is talking about the economy. Most are labeling it everything from slow or down, to a recession, and some even consider it the beginning of a depression.

Here’s the thing: Everything is energy, including our economy. In our attraction-based Universe, what we focus upon, we attract energetically. What we focus upon with emotion, we attract even faster energetically. Doesn’t matter what emotion ~ Quantum Physics and heart-based studies show that feeling an emotion boosts the energetic broadcast of your focus across the quantum field of possibilities and brings THAT possibility closer to you much faster than if you thought about it with no emotion.

economySo, when mass-consciousness is focused on something (in this case the economic state), what is being focused upon is being created. If you are worrying and complaining about the economy, you are actually contributing to the current state!

Do the masses who are focusing negatively on the economy really want an economic slowdown, recession, or a depression? I highly doubt it, since their source of focus is usually complaining, blaming, and worrying. They are just unconscious of their true creative powers.

Nevertheless, their incessant attention and their worries lock them in fear which just adds MORE energy to the creation process. If people truly understood their incredible power of creation, I believe they would choose differently. Surely, these folks are not conscious that their attention and energy is adding to such possibilities.

The best way to counteract the mass energy moving toward a non-desired outcome is for those who choose to be Deliberate Creators to consciously focus attention in a desired direction, and tune-out what the less conscious folks are saying about the matter. This is not a time to engage in never-ending conversations about the problems with ‘what is’. Abraham has said (paraphrasing, here) that one conscious person who is tuned into Source Energy is far more powerful than millions who are not.

When it comes down to it, we create our own economy with our vibration (how we interact with the Source Energy around us), our thoughts/attitudes that drive our actions, and the belief in the possibilities. We create our own luck by believing in the possibility of opportunities. What we are willing to perceive is what predominantly shows up in our world. This is why *it seems* as though those who are doing well continue to do so, and those on the edge seem to slip off.

By the way, don’t let the fear-mongers who tell economic horror stories designed to paralyze your efforts fool you: More millionaires were created during The Great Depression than any other time in U.S. History, and this article explains how and why this happened. It boils down to Deliberate Creators believing that something else was possible, focusing attention there, and being aware of all the opportunities available to create their own economic booms. Oh, and if you are letting people talk you out of reaching your dream, then you are not a Deliberate Creator.

Have you made a conscious decision to be a Deliberate Creator, or do you live by default allowing others to decide how you will experience your life?

Here are some steps that conscious, Deliberate Creators can take today to create their own economy:

1. Take responsibility for your own vibration. Pay attention to how you feel and use it as a guide to keep your vibration as high and clear as possible. Meditate regularly so you become attuned and accustomed the higher vibrations. Then, when you begin to feel your vibration slip, you’ll notice it faster and be in a better position to course-correct. Only you are in control of your vibration, as no one else can think and feel for you.

2. In quiet or meditative moments, get clear about the outcomes you would prefer to experience. Knowing clearly what you are aiming for allows you to use your energy most effectively. Not sure what you really want? Deliberately collect more data until you get clear, and you can always define and add further clarity.

3. Find ways to activate the vibration of your desired outcomes: Put yourself in the feeling place of already having what you are seeking such as through visualization, affirmations, creating vision boards or mind-movies, talking about the possibility with other deliberate creators, writing about experiencing your manifestation. Write down & read or say your affirmations regularly. Imagine the perfect clients contacting you again and again. Know what it feels like to be successful and create a profitable economy for yourself.

4. Deliberately seek and connect with other conscious creators. There are *many* of us out here in your real and virtual networks. You can tell who we are by the enthusiasm in our voices and sparkle in our eyes. Those who vibrate much lower find us irritating to be around because we remind them that they have a choice. Begin engaging folks in conversations. If the conversation quickly turns to complaining and blaming failure on the *economy*, then you haven’t found us, yet. Keep believing in the possibility of connecting with other Deliberate Creators.

Good Vibe University is one of the best communities for Deliberate Creators I have seen so far! If your search hasn’t turned up a consistently positive and supportive community, check out GoodVibeU.

5. Get picky about the energy you allow around you. Turn off the news and lo-vibe media. Choose instead to read uplifting books, articles, and blog-posts. Listen to uplifting podcasts. Limit time with low-vibing fault-finders and complainers. Join an uplifting business group such as Quantum MasterMind. Find ways to inspire others and be inspired everyday. Many folks who did this saw their businesses grow exponentially. It’s not a coincidence.

Now it’s your turn:
What do you do to be a conscious, Deliberate Creator of your own economy?

Let’s Talk about Money!

This past Tuesday, I hosted a group call for the AffirmingSpirit Affirmation Study Group. Our guest speaker was Janet Carol Ryan, creator of Abundant Blessings CD.

Janet recommends that we pay attention to how we talk about money. Using the word only in relation to money is limiting. When we say “spend money”, we imply depletion. I really like Janet’s suggestion, instead, to see yourself circulating money. Most of us think about getting and holding onto money, but the reality is that we are really just centers of energy (money) circulation. MoneyThe Abundance Book w/CD flows in, then we flow it out in exchange for services and experiences. Ideally, a percentage of it stays with us as it flows to serve other purposes in our lives. Either way, it’s always flowing…are you making the choice to receive and circulate?

In John Randolph Price’s book The Abunance Book, he created an acronym for money…My Own Natural Energy Yield. To me, that ties in with the thought of energy circulation. Are you welcoming your own energy yield? How so?

I was listening to the audio verison of Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Richard T. Kiyosaki, and rich Dad was always saying, “Money in not real.” or “Money is what people decide it is.” While he does not stress these as spiritual points, they really are both true and spiritual concepts at their core. Money is neutral. We, as citizens have decided that paper cut in a certain shape and printed with a certain pattern in a certain colors has a value that we can exchange for services and experiences. We are the ones who decide what value everything has, including how we experience our economy!

Robert Kiyosaki mentions that his wealthy friends always talk about money and business, and brainstorm ways to help each other, while his poor friends prefer not to talk about money at all, thinking it rude. Hmmmm….interesting observation. We can all ask ourselves how we talk about money…in hushed tones with only certain company, or in excited, open dialogs where you look forward to receiving more?

Share your comments about money, circulation, and how you feel about it all. What are you willing to do to create a positive relationship with your flow?

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