The myth of progress and stepping outside of our comfort zone...
It mystifies me that the self-development world is so enamored with feeling discomfort.
We've all heard it - the idea that in order to do something great we have to stretch beyond our comfort zone. For many years, I thought that was true, constantly seeking that next thrill of doing something scary. Everything was just outside of where I currently was so I'd have to keep challenging myself all the time - and that's exhausting.
And then I realized that it didn't have to be true, that it could be a part of an old paradigm that I didn't have to strive for.
I object to the idea that something has to scare you to help you expand. That if you don't feel the fear then you're doing something wrong.
Because when we're using our intuition, the boldest things we can do are the things we are SURE about.
We KNOW that it's our next step. Fear is not, nor should it really ever be the measurement of how we live our highest and deepest calling. Why would we actively seek that which is low vibration in order to grow?
I get that most people don't mean it that way, that they are referring to that feeling of excitement or anticipation.
But that's NOT fear.
And perhaps the thrill of something new can be intimidating and scary but that's still no reason to live your life always seeking things that scare you.
Listen - get quiet. Really really quiet.
Sometimes you get ideas that are really really big and they cause your heart to beat a little faster.
When we stop there then yeah, we're pausing in the emotion of what is big and seemingly impossible.
Because behind that is an energy that is nothing like fear.
It's a knowing.
It's a calling.
It's this feeling like, yep, that's what's next.
There's nothing other than you and that feeling that this is why you're here on this planet in this moment. That this is what you're meant to do next. That this is, for now, your thing.
And when you simply show up and surrender to that feeling of knowingness, you will be literally guided step by freaking step along the way.
The only thing scary about that is being programmed that to be of value it has to feel scary.
There is nothing of value in the fear.
There is everything to be gained in the surety of taking your next step.
I remember what it was like to pretend.
I used to pretend a lot.
I used to pretend I wasn't some weird New Age psychic Empath.
I used to pretend that I wasn't hearing voices in my head telling me which way to go.
I used to pretend I was lost.
And I used to pretend all of that simply because I was being who I was expected to be. I don't really know who expected it but there it was, expectation.
And the desire to fit in.
And the desire to succeed.
And the desire to appear normal.
So I'd make up things that I didn't know just to have the opportunity to appear normal. I'd snatch up classes and books and all assortments of shelf help and smart business tools.
What I've discovered after being an Entrepreneur for about 16 years now is this... I KNEW EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO KNOW BEFORE I LOOKED OUTSIDE FOR ANSWERS.
"Your intuition will tell you where you need to go; it will connect you with people you should meet; it will guide you toward work that is meaningful for you - work that brings you joy, work that feels right for you." - Shakti Gawain
Yeah, about that. Work comes with some extra expectations on top of our personal ones doesn't it? Like somehow we HAVE to know more and be smarter.
I knew everything I needed to know before I looked outside for answers.
Because if I got quiet, my intuition knew exactly what to do next. If I had followed the small tiny little not-so-glamorous not-so-result-oriented actions that my inner voice was telling me to take?
I don't know what my trajectory would have been... but I know what it has been since I really truly started listening and taking the steps that don't make sense.
And they have been my most successful profitable and easy years.
So consider this during the week...
Are you really listening?
What Lights You Up?
There's a town about 3 hours from my house called Quartzite, Arizona. It's a dry dusty one street little place that isn't open in the summer, except the gas stations and fast food for those of us who travel the highway from California into Arizona.
My favorite store in the world, called Gem World, is in this middle of nowhere town. It's nothing more than a huge warehouse filled with dust from the road and a whole ton of randomness... and the most spectacular rocks and crystals and beads at seriously ridiculously low prices.
It's like heaven on earth for me.
I leave dirty, with a bag filled with $200 worth of beads and rocks and stones every time I go.
And the twinkle in my eye is undeniable.
I can't wait to go play with my treasures.
In fact, the only reason I started making Malas (aside from the fact that I actually use them of course) was because I had so many stone beads I just couldn't justify another trip to Gem World without having done SOMETHING with them.
Every time I touch those beads I twinkle.
Every time I see the incredible crystals I've brought home, I twinkle.
Every time I turn on the salt lamps and selenite lamps I've gotten there, I twinkle.
So yes, my rocks and my connection to how they came into my life... and Gem World - inspire me.
From a place of inspiration and twinkly eyes, we can create anything. From a full soul filled with joy, magic can happen.
What lights you up?
And can you connect with that spark just a little each day so that the glitter seeps into what you're creating in the world?
I sent an email out today to hundreds of people who had signed up for my book writing list...apologizing.
Mostly because I didn't "get it".
See when I wrote Writing The Damn Book it wasn't because I really wanted to get into the helping people write business. It was because (warning-naked honest truth there) I was tired of everyone asking me for advice on how to write and finish their books and I figured I could hand them a book and move on.
Yes, I've done book retreats and support clients through the process, but it felt more like a side thing. A really juicy amazingly fulfilling side thing, one that I have found to be completely in my zone of genius, but not something I did as my main business.
I really just wanted to give people a resource that was more spiritually aligned with completing a book so that I could get back with my 'real' business.
I didn't see how this fit into my true purpose.
There was no strategy. No really smart path. It just...was.
Meanwhile I have people signing up every single day for that list, for resources and guidance and I didn't know what to do with them. With you. I felt the pressure to perform somehow but I didn't feel the desire...
And then it hit me...
That I talk about writing a book as the biggest piece of self development I've ever done. And the coaching and mentoring I do with my book clients is so deep and transformational that it's really NOT about the book...
It's about the MESSAGES. Becoming clear with who the authors are being and living into the messages they are infusing into what they are writing. It's about their actual transformation that is required to write a book of TRUE substance and change.
And hundreds of messages dying to be out in the world were sitting there dying on my email list.
Those messages, YOUR messages, and YOUR transformation completely and totally are a part of my mission and purpose. It is not separate, something I do on the side.
So I get it now.
And I'm IN.
And I'm creating content and resources to send out weekly to my authors. Because this shit's important, because writing and publishing the damn books are important... to fundamentally change how intuition, empathy, spirituality and energy work in the world we need to actively be bringing these messages out - and we need to be transforming from within to help facilitate the changes in the world we are meant to create.
Let's write people. Let's write....
This past month brought a lot of change in my business and somehow in the mix I found myself in the middle of a super fast paced flow. Every day had things to do - I recorded what felt like 1,386 videos, wrote 8,532 emails and posts, created an entire 13 month calendar for MasterSoul University, another for Writing the Damn Book AND another for my entire Empire (aka my businesses).
Okay the numbers are a complete and total exaggeration... and it felt a lot like that. I went from a rankin' full stop to a g-force rocket ship ride in a matter of moments.
Honestly, I had moments where I didn't think I'd get it all done, where I felt the overwhelm and confusion of actually having to work.
But it was different too. Because those moments didn't last. I kept slowing myself down and taking time away even when I felt I didn't have any time. I reminded myself daily that the magic happens not when we're pushing but when we're allowing.
And here's what I really learned...
**Surrender doesn't only happen when things are painfully slow. Surrender is also necessary when your life feels fast.**
My team and I had opportunities to work our asses off to make deadlines and DO. And we actively chose not to. We could have pushed and forced our way through lists. We didn't.
In everything we did, we reminded ourselves of ease and grace. Because everything we were creating needed to be in alignment energetically first.
Lots of deep breathing.
Lots of walking away.
Lots of getting down to only essentials and leaving the rest for later.
Lots of naps followed by...
Lots of coffee.
Lots of reframing.
Lots of second and third takes.
Lots of calling in.
Lots of imagination.
And yes, lots of videos and writing and editing and lots of chatting with people.
What looked like lots of progress was actually created by taking lots of highly intentional little steps.
"Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation" -Saint Augustine
Our greatest success with releasing MasterSoul University is that we did it and it felt really amazing each step of the way. It is in service of my Purpose... to fundamentally change the conversation around energy, intuition, spirituality and energy in the realm of business - to have it be FIRST always.' And it was created from a place of BEING.
Walk the talk. Be the message.
Thanks for being on the ride with me...
It's about right NOW.
I'm a visionary thinker. I can see HUGE things. I get downloads about world change, revolution, and massive impact. I hear the whispers of greatness when my mind quiets down.
I bet you do too.
Big ideas are my wheel house.
Which is exactly where I get stuck - in the BIGNESS of it all.
I bet you do too.
My friend Rafael and I used to talk about that a lot - how we have access to the voice of these divinely created things, that we're given all this input from Source about unlimited potentials and directions. And they are so beautiful and so awesome that it's hard to put into words.
How do you express the infinite in human terms?
In our businesses, how do we take these HUGE ideas and translate them into practical steps?
And the real question - how do we create practical steps that still feel as aligned as the VISION and PURPOSE we've been shown?
Come back to the present tense.
Connect internally and ask, what is the NEXT ONE STEP?
Hold the vision and be here now.
And for my energy workers & intuitives & empaths - we are MOST powerful when we are fully in the moment. That's where our true connection lies. So if we get lost in the future vision, we are taken away from our place of power.
Allow the vision.
Then allow each individual action to be made in service of that vision, not in the future but in this moment.
By slowing down to be present we allow the massiveness of our purpose to be immediately possible.
MasterSoul University CLOSES on Friday.
It could be that next one step for you...
You have questions and concerns about MasterSoul University...
I have the answers.
The first question is HOW MasterSoul University is going to work.
MasterSoul University was created with the desired end result of YOU creating a profitable business that is Divinely driven and Intuitively run.
Towards that end, we have created a very intentional pathway to reinforce your own self trust, teach you some new tools and inspire you to expand energetically. Every conversation and lesson has been placed within 5 main areas of mastery...
1. FUNDAMENTALS: Create a strong spiritual foundation
2. CLARITY: Spiritual intuitive clarity as to what you're creating next in the world
3. CREATION: Aligned business creation that works from your heart, stripping away all of the superfluous information you have floating around in your 'should' files
4. SURRENDER: Because surrendering in your business takes a warrior mindset
5. EXPANSION: Break through glass ceilings and blocks (and what to do when it's working)
Now BREATHE. Because we have also addressed your concerns about being overwhelmed with information when you're trying to create more SPACE.
I TOTALLY GET THAT.
Every single week you will be receiving one lesson that is no longer than 15 minutes long that gets to the singular thing that we can shift that week. This gives you the time and space to implement, play and experiment.
AND if you skip a week, or two, or even a month, you will never be left behind. You can go back and watch a whole month in one hour OR skip it entirely and just listen to the lessons that are really calling to your soul at the time.
Much of the transformation will also be in the group discussions and the live-stream chats.
The whole purpose of MasterSoul University is to help you expand your business using spirituality, energy and intuition FIRST and we're stripping away all of the extras to help you focus on that.
The doors are closing in about a week - so, if you have more questions, ask below NOW and I'll see you in the inside
p.s. What would happen if you chose to try it for a couple of months just to see if you like it?
You get this nudge to turn right but you argue with it and go straight anyhow. It's faster this way. That's the way you always go. Hush little voice, you know nothing.
And up ahead just past your vision you see the lights. An accident is blocking the road and you're stuck. Can't move forward, can't turn around.
If only you'd turned right instead.
You'd be halfway there by now instead of stopped on the road.
Then to add salt to the wound you hear "I told you so" from that little voice.
Now imagine this is your business we're talking about.
Or your love life.
Or your eating habits.
Or your kids.
The voice is letting you know which way to go ALL THE FRICKING TIME. And sometimes we listen and sometimes we argue.
And sometimes we pretend we don't even have that little voice inside of us because our mental capacity knows so much more than the direct voice of the Universe, right?
I'm on a mission to make that stop.
I'm on a mission to never hear those 4 little words again.
Our ultimate success lies in our ability to follow that little voice.
That little voice is our greatest asset as entrepreneurs.
Are you with me?
Are you going to help me fundamentally change the way we use Intuition, Energy, Spirituality, Magic when it comes to our businesses, our money, our abundance....?
I'm calling in 3 more people to join in MasterSoul Circle where you will be personally held to higher levels of trust and divine awesomeness. If you feel drawn to deep gentle cosmic swimming with me, shoot me a message and let's talk.
AND I'm calling in members of MasterSoul University, because I'm building a spiritual army for the Revolution we've already begun.
Become a MasterSoul today... It's time to listen to the little voice.
I HAVE PUSHY GUIDES - This is their funny story from yesterday...
In fact they never let me get away with not following directions. They are a perfect match for me because I tend to, well, bend rules, be stubborn, find loopholes in clear directions, like to pretend I'm in control... Rebel souls need an equally rebellious team to keep up.
So, yesterday I was obsessing over numbers, of people coming into my class, of comments, of emails. I was having tons of fun but I wasn't really doing anything productive. Just obsessing every 32 seconds or so.
Until my Work Gmail broke. Incoming emails stopped coming in, I could see attachments and I couldn't open them. My personal email was fine but my work email was cut off (on my phone and computer on 3 different browsers. Yeah - I tested it).
No problem right? I'll just do something else.
Internet stops working at normal speeds - one page took 15 minutes to load. Oddly enough Pinterest loaded in seconds, just my 'work' pages stopped.
Damn. Screw that - you can't put baby in a corner right? So I got on my phone. At this point me and my phone were guiltily hanging out in the corner hoping no one was watching.
During a Facebook chat suddenly the video call feature literally just turned on - I didn't push it. All I heard was "BUSTED - WE SEE YOU!".
So I conceded and got offline, put my phone on Airplane mode and got prepared to record the next video. You know where this is going right? I 'filmed' the whole thing only to discover that my phone was not recording. And every time I hit the record button it would turn off immediately.
My guides are clear, direct and stubborn as shit.
And I love them for it...
Because they knew I need to step away and give space for the magic to happen.
Because when I STOPPED we crossed 100 people in the course.
Because if I HUSTLE things don't work.
Because today I feel like playing and the numbers aren't important anymore, that we can invite one person in to join us and my day will have fulfilled its mission.
We are given signs, direct and indirect, all day long.
FAIR WARNING - Better listen and act on them or you could be reassigned to my guides...
I spent yesterday knee deep in videoland editopia.
The first two were pretty basic and good. But the more I edited the fancier they got until video 8 was killer awesome. Which meant going back through them all a second time to upgrade and fancify each one. It took all day.
It wasn't perfection I was going after...it's that I knew so much more the more I played.
We don't have to know how before we start.
Also, too much knowing how leads to rabbit holes.
I've had a dozen or more people say to me this week that they wished they could do this tech stuff. Well, for the record, I didn't know how to use iMovie yesterday morning either. But now I'm like a legit awesome producer that Hollywood will be hunting down.
I'm not a tech genius. But I do love to experiment.
Is it possible that the only difference is that I believe I can figure it out? While others have convinced themselves they can't?
We have unlimited possibilities of things we can do and be. Self ordained prophesies of failure do us no good at all.
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