Would you like to have more clients?
The ones where you not only do your best work, but where they come to you in an easy and graceful way?
There’s a way to achieve that.
Last year to promote the Create a Thriving Practice course, I led a teleclass entitled, How to Attract Your Ideal Clients with Grace & Ease. For the first time, I’m releasing the recording of that class.
This isn’t some “puff piece” that’s all promotion and no real help to your business. It was my intention to really make a difference with the 300 or so people who were on the call. In it, I share how to stand in your own truth so that people are just naturally drawn to what you have to offer. A great first step would be to listen to the free teleclass on how to attract your ideal clients. If you’re going to do that, must first look within to see how you can most be of service to others. Look at your own biggest lessons of your soul’s journey by clicking the link below:
Attracting Your Ideal Clients with Grace and Ease: Teleclass Recording from John Leto on Vimeo.
Prepare yourself though. If you’re going to actually learn how to do something as important as attracting your ideal clients, its not going to happen in a quick 2-minute video. In this hour-long teleclass, I share the in-depth exercise that participants complete in the full Thriving Practice course. It is one of the cornerstone pieces of the upcoming 6-Week Webinar Series: Create a Thriving Practice, which starts on January 30th. For more information on the upcoming course, click the link below:
6-Week Webinar Series: Create a Thriving Practice
A Message from John:
2013 marks a milestone for me. With the start of this year, it marks 10 years of being in business for myself, making my living solely from being of service to others. I feel very fortunate to have been able to do what a lot of healers and coaches find difficult to do – build a successful business. With the exception of a 4-day per week consulting arrangement that I had for 6 months in the second year of my business, I’ve been able to support myself and make a good living solely from my coaching, healing, and speaking income.
But it didn’t happen by accident.
There’s a book that I saw years ago entitled “Do What You Love and The Money Will Follow”.
To me, that’s not always true. For the first year of my business, I was doing what I loved, but the money didn’t follow. At least not enough of it. Over the last 10 years, I’ve learned a ton about what it takes to be a successful solo-practitioner. If I were to write that book now from my own experience, I would title it:
Do What You Love,
Find a strategy to attract your ideal clients,
Break through any barriers to being fully visible,
Learn how to speak powerfully about what you do,
Create a personal brand that’s rooted in your truth,
Learn how to write your most effective bio,
Create a compelling online presence,
Learn to have an effective phone conversation with a potential client,
Overcome procrastination and develop a measurable gameplan,
Build complete certainty as a practitioner,
The money will follow.
I heard a while back that money follows certainty, but runs away from doubt. We all have doubts, but we can’t let them run the show. The Create a Thriving Practice Online Webinar is designed to cover all of these elements to have you build the certainty required to have people want to hire you. The Thriving Practice course is essentially a business-building, manifestation program but with a heart-centered, spiritual approach. It’s designed to have you attract your ideal clients by having you stand in your own certainty and truth. It’s my honor to help guide you through this process and save you years of struggling.
You deserve to be on your highest path in full abundance!
John Germain Leto
I didn’t want to write a 2013 “hype” blog. There are enough of those flying around at the moment.
Yet as I find myself contemplating this new year and this new age and what it all means, I can’t help but have a renewed sense of hope for all of us.
I believe that it can be different. I believe that no matter what has happened to us in the past, no matter how many times “we’ve really tried”, that somehow, this time it can be different.
Maybe we’ve gone through all of the experiences of our life just to get to the point where we are right now. That we’ve needed all of those lessons, all of the heartbreak, all of those transitions just so we could have the growth to be the person that we are at this very moment.
You have wisdom inside of you. This isn’t “your first time to the rodeo” as they used to say in the record business. It’s about drawing from that innate wisdom to step into your full power.
“Step into your full power” – What does that really mean?
I can only speak from my own experience. I can only write what occurs to me.
For me, stepping into my full power is:
1) Giving myself time to be in stillness everyday to draw from the strength of the universe. I’ve realized that the only way to experience the infiniteness of myself is to completely slow down, step outside of time, and step deeply into myself. Only by drawing from this place, can I have access to All That Is Knowable.
2) Not hiding. At all. It’s expressing the things I feel called to share in an uninhibited way. It’s sharing “just as I am”. It’s allowing myself to enter the flow and to be the flow. Here I am doing it right now in this moment.
3) Self-love. This is a continual lesson that I keep coming back to, as I tend to be pretty hard on myself. It comes in the form of self-judgment, negative self-talk at times, and even doubt lately. I believe it’s about getting real about our doubt. At times, we all have that voice inside our head that says, “Who do you think you are that you can do this?” Yet, while I know that it’s just one side of my brain trying to do its job, sometimes I think that voice is real. It takes seeing that voice for what it really is to detach from the common doubt that we share, to align myself again with my true self and my highest vision.
And I guess that brings us to the central questions:
What is your vision?
What are your hopes and dreams?
Can they live in a new way?
These are the things for you to ponder. These are the questions that you can only answer yourself. The world is waiting for what you can give by embracing your true purpose.
How much longer will you continue to make us wait?
Now is the time to step into your full power.
What’s really going to make the difference between whether you succeed or fail with your business?
I can only speak from my own experience. I know that when I’m being successful, I’m focusing on what I can give.
It’s sometimes our natural tendency to focus on what we are going to receive as a part of any relationship or endeavor. Receiving is an essential component to the ebb and flow of prosperity. However, it’s easy to misplace our attention to our own needs and desires.
Several months ago, I found out that Eden and I are having a baby. As a man and provider, one aspect of me wanted to just go out and try to make as much money as I could to try to provide the security that I think my family requires. There’s nothing wrong with this, but that thinking can sometimes be based on lack. It’s easy to fall into the trap that “there’s not enough” or “get it while you can because it won’t last”. I’ve learned that when you’re attention is on such things, that you actually block the flow of prosperity. In a meditation recently, I heard very strongly:
“If you want more, GIVE MORE.”
“Give more of your time. Give more of your energy. Give more of yourself in each moment, first to yourself, then to others.”
Now, you know this already. I’m not revealing some huge secret here. But how conscious are you of it as you go about your day?
How did you wake up today? Was it with the thought that you had to do certain things because you have rent or a mortgage to pay? Or was it with the thought of how you could impact someone else because of what you could give or provide to them?
You have so many innate talents and gifts. There is so much that you can offer the world. But it starts with how you respond to your next email. It starts with your choices for the rest of this day.
To enter into the flow of prosperity consciousness is to be aligned with Spirit. It’s allowingyour highest path to unfold. You enter the flow by letting go. Not by trying to force an outcome that you think you need.
Zig Ziglar once said that the secret to getting what you want in life is to help enough other people get what they want.
Here’s a two-minute video of one of my recent speaking engagements where I’m exploring some questions on what will give us greater access to our truest selves. Check it out here:
|What will give you greater access to living your truest self?
The Majestic Path is about helping those who are meant to help the world. One way to measure that is by how many clients you’re actively working with. So how can I help you attract more clients?
The actions required for you to manifest your highest path are unique to you. So whether it’s an exercise to speak more powerfully about what you do, a new strategy to attract your ideal clients, a soul healing to free you from past karma, a gameplan with accountability to have you feeling like you’re on track, an energy clearing session to be in the flow of your actions, a destiny retrieval so that you’re crystal clear of your mission, or creating a personal brand image which is rooted in your truth to ensure that you make your strongest impression: these things are achieved through my one-on-one coaching.
If you’re ready to manifest yourself more broadly, then I hope you’ll be in touch with me. Since you’re signed up for this newsletter, you’d save $50 off an initial consultation.
I look forward to helping you get what you want.
In memory of Zig Ziglar (November 6, 1926 – November 28, 2012)
What are you creating in your life?
Now, you might be thinking:
“What do you mean – what am I creating? I’m just living. I’m trying to be on my highest path, but most of the time I’m just doing what I’m obligated to do. I’m also trying to make a little bit of money and build my practice. But what am I creating? What do you mean?”
What I mean is that whether you realize it or not, you are creating your life. You are creating your experiences. You are creating your reality.
You have exactly the situations, the friends, the amount of money, worry, and love that you have created up to this point. See, many of us have lost our connection to creation – we’ve lost our ability to truly create. We really don’t have to create anything anymore. We just have to follow. We just have to react: just go to the meeting, say what you’ve already said a thousand times, just answer the text, send the email, drive there, go here – we’ve lost our sense of what it means to be the creator of our own lives.
How can you restore the power that you’re supposed to have to create whatever you’d like for yourself and your life?
1) The first thing to get is that you actually are the creator. If you’ve lost touch with this, then rekindle it. Deep down, you know this to be true. If you don’t believe me, then suspend your own belief for a minute, and then keep reading.
Try on that every single thing that you feel and that goes through your head – matters. Every single thing. The thought about that girl, the judgment about your body, the doubt about yourself, whatever it may be – it matters. It counts, big time.
Now, I probably don’t have to go too far to try to convince you of this. You’re probably living proof that the Law of Attraction is very real. You know that you become what you think about. Yet, how conscious are you of it on a moment to moment basis?
“Our minds are always active anyway, so they might as well be focused on something worthwhile.”
- from the movie, I heart Huckabees
So once you’re present to the fact that you are the one who is constantly creating your own reality, the next step is to go into Nothing.
2) Enter the Void
Emptiness is a concept that I’ve been sitting with all year long. Believe me, it hasn’t been easy. It’s much easier to be Something than to be Nothing. I’ve been studying Tai Chi intensely one on one with a master for the last year and a half. The whole point is to access a deeper sense of nothing to be able to work with the true “chi” – the energy of the universe – instead of our own. What I’ve learned is that if I’m working only with my own energy, it’s a pretty limited and finite thing. I mean, how long can you go before you need to rest or have another cup of coffee? But if you’re working with universal energy, you have access to all that is and can actually be limitless. One of the major lessons of Tai Chi though is that you can’t work with universal energy if you’re already full of your own. If your cup is already full of what you think you are, then how will the energy of the universe be able to get in? Hence, the concept of emptying oneself: Going into Nothing.
The reason why it’s important to go into nothingness is because if you don’t find some way to be in stillness, you’re doomed to your own momentum tunnel.
This is a familiar concept if you’re a Four Winds student. If you’re not, think of it this way: there is a momentum pushing you forward in life. It consists of all of your previous actions, thoughts, and beliefs. It has created the environment of your home and work as well as the people you know and where you live. It’s the sum total of your past. And it has a momentum. If you don’t believe me, just think of the things that you have to do tomorrow or next week because of the momentum that your life has already set up.
So if you’re going to be able to change anything about your life, if you’re going to embrace being the creator of your life, you have to regularly step off your own momentum tunnel. If you don’t, then you’re just going to get more of what you’ve always gotten.
The only way to do this is to bring yourself to a still point. Only then will you truly have the freedom to create. Otherwise, if you try to create while you’re still being pushed by your momentum, you’re going to get mixed results.
So the bottom line is that you have to find a way to quiet your mind and find stillness. Here’s a link to a quick guided meditation that I created to do just that:
|Enter into Stillness – A 9-minute guided meditation
Then only once you’ve accessed stillness, emptiness, the void (whatever you want to call it), you’re now able to make a conscious choice.
3) Choosing with Power
We make choices all day long. But how many of them are made with true power? How many of them are made “off the momentum tunnel”?
But what are you going to choose? And how do you know that you’re really making the right choice of your highest path?
You have to listen.
Most of the time, our choices are based on what we want. They are our desires and dreams.
That’s great, but that’s not a real vision.
Tom Brown, Jr., the wilderness guru, says that a dream is what you want. A vision, on the other hand, is what the Creator wants for you.
So how can you drop your dreams and step up to a true vision for your life, a vision that is aligned with Spirit?
When we are able to align ourselves with the greater flow that is meant to be our highest life, then we can open ourselves up to the choices that are fully supported by the Universe. It stops being about a pushing, and becomes more of an allowing. Then while being fully present, you can ask yourself the following question:
What does this moment call for?
Does it call for you to spend some time with yourself? Does it call for you to phone a certain friend or colleague? Does it require you to attend some kind of event next week? Do you need to write? Do you need to go to the gym or take a walk? What does the moment really call for?
Open up to whatever it is. Have the courage to meet Spirit halfway by taking the action that is being called.
That’s all you have to do.
It doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. Yet, we tend to make life very hard and complicated. So how can you get enough out of your own way to simply make the choices that are there to be made?
When you surrender enough to the moment, then there’s not all this pressure and stress. It’s just a knowing that you’re not alone. You trust that you’re being guided and have so much support. Yet, life still happens. There are challenges to face to continue to learn lessons. But when you surrender to the greater vision, you can relax knowing that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.
Allow that freedom to permeate your being by trusting in All That Is.
Here’s the question I asked earlier:
How can you restore the power that you’re supposed to have to create whatever you’d like for yourself and your life?
1) Realize that You are the Creator
2) Access stillness
3) Choose powerfully WITH the support of the Universe
It’s been said recently that with the current energies occurring on the planet right now, that your decisions in this next month will have repercussions for the next thirty years.
So what is it going to be?
What’s the vision that you’re creating?
What I actually do:
I help people who are ready to set the world on fire with their expanded visions. I love helping those who want to create their grandest vision in their own way by their own rules.
As a life and business coach, I support them to take the practical steps to move forward.
As a soul coach or shamanic practitioner, I help them to release the energy of the past so that they are more free to go in a new direction.
As a brand and image coach, I guide them to create a brand identity that’s rooted in their truth.
My work consists of a blend of these three areas to help others step into their highest selves and onto their higher path.
If you’re ready to set the world on fire with your expanded vision, then how can I be of service to you? Since you’re signed up for this newsletter, you’d get $50 off an initial consultation. Get in touch with me if you’d like to explore how I can help you to create and follow through with your highest vision.
Sometimes, we can get really close. Really close to achieving what we’ve set out to. We can go far on a journey. We can travel a long way down a path, first for our own healing and growth, and then for the healing and growth of others. But do you actually see it to completion?
I had a client tell me this week that before we started working together, five years ago, that the one word that would most characterize his life was “almost”. He was almost happy. He was almost fulfilled. He was almost satisfied with his physical well-being. He was almost pleased with his career.
Now, his life is not “almost” anymore. It’s taken quite a journey of letting go, of healing, of facing many fears and breaking through the barriers that he thought were in his way. He’s not “almost” anymore. He is living. He is being.
Where in life are you “almost”?
Where have you skirted the edge of what is possible, but haven’t fully jumped in?
Where are you tinkering with things, almost feeling as if you’re there, but knowing that there is so much more for you to give and experience?
I remember what my life was like, nine years ago, when I had a consulting arrangement 4 days a week and only had Fridays to focus on my budding business. I was doing client sessions at night and on the weekends. But thank God for those Fridays each week, when I could actually focus on the activities that were most important. At the time, my life was such that I HAD to have that consulting arrangement for financial reasons. I wasn’t yet making enough money as a coach and practitioner.
But sometimes, if felt as if I was only really living one day a week. I remember what that felt like. At the time, it seemed as if my life was “almost”. I couldn’t wait until I could finally turn the corner with my practice and be able to leave the consulting job. I was able to make it happen, but not without additional information, resources, and support. There are countless book, seminars, and business coaching sessions that I consumed, which once I put into action, ultimately made the difference for me.
I’ve taken all that I’ve learned of what it takes to be a successful practitioner in the last 9 years and put it into my upcoming course – Helping Healers Help the World: Create a Thriving Practice.
I tend to walk on the edge of life, rarely taking the safe or middle road. I listen; I take risks; I travel to wherever Spirit calls me to go. And so far, Spirit has provided for me in many beautiful ways.
And yet, there are times, when we’ve gone as far as we can go on our own. When we must open up to divine help, to other resources and information, that Spirit is providing us on our path. Sometimes, it comes from our own inner Source speaking directly to us. Other times, it can be the words that you read from another Source (just like right now). Either way, if you feel a calling, do you act on it?
If you feel that what you’ve been doing is working, but only to a degree, then maybe you could use some additional resources and support to catapult you and your practice to a new level.
Stop being almost and make the choices that will have you fulfill your highest destiny.
May your path be illuminated in front of you.
Helping Healers Help the World: Create a Thriving Client Practice
This course is open to everyone who is seeking to expand being seen in the world, build their client practice, and be in service to others.
Join us in New York!
October 20th – 23rd, 2012
@ Menla Mountain Retreat Center
Menla retreat center is a serene sanctuary located in a 320 acre valley in the Catskill Mountains of New York, approximately 2.5 hrs from New York city. Visit www.menlamountain.org for more information.
Workshop Rate:Only $550 if you book before October 8th!
Price does not include lodging or meals. After registration you will be given a link to book your accommodation and meal package direct with Menla at special workshop pricing
“Since I got back from the “Create a Thriving Practice” course my practice has really taken off – in many exciting directions. I immediately had 9 new clients, and have since added 4 more. I have had requests for 2 more Munay-Ki training sessions (I already had two scheduled) and the Noetic Science group in my area has asked me to come speak to them. I am excited about all this, and sooo grateful!”
- Patricia Cockrell
About the Course:
As you step fully onto your highest path, being of service to others in their own healing, there are additional tools that can enhance your ability to connect more fully with people to be in action on your soul’s journey.
How can you take the wisdom and methods you’ve learned and offer them as a service to others with integrity, power, and certainty?
This course will open up new ways of creating abundance by removing energetic barriers to being fully visible in the world and manifesting a rich and deep client practice. It is an entire approach to give you not only the tools, but the certainty of how to step out into the world fully embracing your path.
Led by Four Winds Light Body graduate and nationally-known Life Coach, John Germain Leto, this course is designed to have you attract your ideal clients with grace and ease. Learn the practical steps to fulfilling your soul’s journey through your life’s work.
There are three primary intentions of the course:
- To have the practitioners remove any energetic barriers to being fully visible and known in the world and to activate their highest destiny of being of service.
- To have you develop a specific focus for your practice so that it informs how you talk and present what you do. That precise language will enable you to attract your ideal clients in a way that doesn’t require active pushing.
- To create a community of successful practitioners who stand in certainty and receive ongoing support in stepping fully onto your highest path. We’re going to win by doing this together.
|“Our work is not always easily explained or promoted. John’s and Eden’s workshop helped me to return to my practice renewed and inspired. The solid tools they provided, as well as their ongoing support and feedback, have been instrumental in re-visioning, regrounding, and reaffirming my client work and how I present it. The week after I returned from their class, my appointment schedule filled up two weeks out and has stayed that way. I just have to remember to keep saying ‘yes!’”
- Jeff Farwell, Salt Lake City, Utah
Only $550 if you book before October 8th
$625 thereafter. Price does not include accommodations/meals.
4 Days of Energetic Clearing, Practical Information, and Activation.
Day 1 – Half Day: (Clearing and Soul Path)
- Introduction to the Program
- Working to Clear Energetic Barriers to Being Known and Visible
- Determining the Focus of your Practice – Part I
- Honoring your own soul’s journey and the unique lessons as they apply to others on a similar path
- Envisioning Your Thriving Client Practice: A Path of Authenticity and Integrity
- Playing to Your Strengths: Fire Ceremony and Exercise
Day 2 – Full Day: (The Focus of Your Practice)
- Guided Meditation Exercise: Manifesting your Full Practice from the Heart
- Determining the Focus on your Shamanic Practice – Part II
- Standing in Your Truth to Attract Your Ideal Clients
- Building the Foundation to Increase Trust
- Speaking powerfully about what you do – crafting the ultimate “elevator” speech
Day 3 – Full Day: (Creating Your Brand)
- Creating a personal brand that’s rooted in your truth
- Making your strongest impression in all of the ways that you come across (photos, website, online presence, bio, and business card)
- Creating a compelling online presence – The essentials that need to be on your website
- About Me – Writing your most effective bio (hint: its not what you think)
- Making the most of social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter)
- Understanding where clients come from – broadening each avenue
- The 3 biggest imaging mistakes that people make
- Fire Ceremony during the evening
Day 4 – Half Day: (The Nuts and Bolts of Working with Clients)
- The first phone conversation – The natural process to setting up the first initial client session
- Supporting yourself solely with your passion
- Going from pro-bono to paying clients
- Setting an appropriate fee structure
- Overcoming your daily resistance to take big risks
- The open-hearted approach to connecting fully with potential clients
- Building certainty as a practitioner
- Growing your client base vertically and horizontally
- Self-promotion strategies
- The Destiny Activation of your thriving client practice
- Final thoughts of being in action – the importance of decreasing the significance so you can move forward
Only $550 if you book before October 8th!
$625 thereafter. Price does not include accommodations/meals. After registration you will be given a link to book your accommodation and meal package direct with Menla at special workshop pricing.
GOT QUESTIONS? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
About John Germain Leto:
As a life, soul, and branding coach, John Germain Leto helps people succeed in stepping onto their highest path. After a successful career as an agent to music celebrities Beyoncé and Usher, he left that behind to embark on his own highest path as a Life and Business Coach. After initially struggling in his first year, he then discovered what it takes to build a successful client practice. In the last eight years, he’s coached hundreds of people to greater success and spoken to thousands through his seminars across the country. He’s the author of the book, The Rock Star in You and has been featured in USA Today, Life & Style, and the New York Daily News as well as on MTV, ABC News, and Entertainment Tonight. For more information, please visit his website at www.MajesticPath.com.
About Eden Clark (co-leading portions of this workshop):
Eden is a seasoned entrepreneur, author, speaker and shamanic practitioner. During her 12-year career as a founder and corporate executive of multimillion dollar companies, Eden was featured in over 100 national magazines and TV appearances such as The Today Show, CNN, People, Glamour, and more. A series of life-changing events drove her deep into her awakening as a seer and healer, uncovering her gifts of vision and connection to the unseen. Leaving the corporate world behind, she embraced her true path to be in service to others. She has received direct initiations and studied extensively with the indigenous shaman in the Amazon jungle; with master shamans of the Q’ero in the sacred mountains of Peru; with indigenous traditions of the Lakota and tribes of the Pacific Northwest; and with Dr. Alberto Villoldo and The Four Winds Healing the Light Body school. Eden is a published author with Random House, and has been a contributing author to such magazines as The Sedona Journal of Emergence. She leads workshops and seminars around the world and maintains a private client practice. www.edenclark.com
“Few complete the journey. Many who tread this path stop along the way and are content to be healers and medicine people; but not master shamans.”
- Alberto Villoldo in Island of the Sun
What does completing the journey look like for you? Is it being satisfied with just completing your training for your own healing or development? Or are you meant to use what you know to be of greatest service to others?
Do you have a full-blown practice of clients that you’re consistently making a difference with? If that’s your intention and you don’t, then why not?
As Alberto mentions in Island of the Sun, we don’t all have to be master Shamans. For some of us, it’s enough to just be a healer knowing that you’re making a difference in the world, doing work that matters. However, what’s going to give you access to being able to do more of the work? It’s no secret that in this day and age, people find out about services and practitioners via the Internet. So how is your web presence? Do you have a presentation that is clear and compelling? Do you receive phone calls each week of people who are interested in your services? If not, why not? People need what you can provide. So why aren’t they calling or emailing you more often? What’s missing?
Perhaps it’s in the way that you present yourself online. As the creator of the Thriving Practice course for the Four Winds Society, I’ve helped a lot of practitioners to structure their websites in a way that works for them. The way I see it, there’s one major question that you need to consider that should drive the strategy of your website.
The question is: Just how broadly do you want to manifest yourself in the world?
Is it your intent to work primarily with groups, writing books and leading your own seminars with the occasional one-on-one client?
Or is it to have a full client practice spending your days doing mostly individual sessions with the occasional group presentation?
The reason why this matters so much is that depending on your answer, your website should look totally different for each.
If your primary focus is groups, then you need a strategy for your site that speaks to a broad audience with a particular approach. That means that the method that you include in your books or workshops should be relatable to many people regardless of their specific situation in life. Whether they are a 50-year old executive or a 35-year old single mom, your approach and perspective should benefit them. So if this is the case, you need a broad focus that will appeal to many people.
However, if your intent is to have a full client practice with just the occasional group presentation, then you need to identify your ideal client and tailor everything on your site to appeal to that person.
Certainly, if you’re positioned in a way that you can do all things for all people and you’re waiting for someone to google your specific type of healing or coaching in your area, then you might be waiting a while. That’s not the way to consistently attract paying clients or build a real business with your work. To me, determining a focus for your practice and letting that inform the material on your website is the way to go.
You’re probably in one of three places:
1) You don’t have a website, and you need one. Where do you start?
2) You have a site, but it’s too general. You’re positioned as a practitioner who can do all things for all people, hence the shotgun approach casting a very wide net and missing almost everybody.
3) You’re doing a good job with your website of continually attracting your ideal clients, but you need to make some changes to manifest yourself a bit more broadly.
So know where you are and what adjustments you may need to make. If you’re a revolutionary who’s ready to change the world with your practice by having the most compelling web presence and strategy possible, I’m here to help. Sometimes, being a good practitioner, walking your path, and being of service is enough.
Last night, I attended Pageant of the Masters, the art show in Laguna Beach that literally brings masterpieces of artwork to life by animating works by Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, Van Gogh and others. It’s a brilliant piece of work that explores some interesting questions about Inspiration and Creativity.
Whatever you’re creating in your life at the moment, whether it’s a business, a family, or work of art, how can it be an “inspired” work?
Where does Inspiration come from?
Does it come from within? Or does it come from someplace else that we have to open ourselves to?
Maybe it’s both, a combination of the two.
“I invent nothing. I rediscover.” – Rodin
I used to think it was about opening oneself up to allow creational energy to flow through. That it really doesn’t originate from us. That we just have to “get enough of ourselves out of the way” to let creativity happen. But now, I’m not so sure about that. I think there’s more to the story.
Maybe it doesn’t exactly originate with us, but just like the process of lightning striking, it may need a conductor – some stream of energy from us that rises up from the earth to meet the lighting in order for the lightning bolt to actually strike. So like the lightning bolt, maybe we need to meet Inspiration half way. We may need to do “something” that puts us in a place to receive that which Spirit is attempting to bring through. But what is that something? Where does it come from? And how can we have greater access to it.
Where does Inspiration come from? – Is it in your coffee? As I take a sip of mine and ponder this question, I’m realizing that this newsletter is going to go out on a Monday morning. I mean, that’s the time when we have to be practical about life, right? That’s the time to “get to it”, to check the bank balances and see what needs to happen this week. Really, is that the time to be sending out a newsletter about Inspiration? Who has time for such questions? If you feel that you just need to “get things done”, then you might want to pay special attention to this next part.
“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”
- Van Gogh
Nicely said, Vincent. For my part, I can’t say anything with certainty either, but let me take a stab at it. I can only speak from my own experience, so please allow me to share the way that Inspiration has been flowing into me lately:
First, I find a stillpoint within myself.
For me, it’s becoming clear that in order for creation to happen, there must be some kind of void, a stillness for the creational energy to nest into. In meditation, if I am “the gap in between” the thoughts, then maybe that void is me and my thoughts ARE “creational energy”. That’s how important they are. But in order to create, there HAS to be the stillness first. If not, it’s just a hodge-podge, tangled mess of thoughts that won’t be able to create anything.
Second, (I can’t believe I’m trying to put this in a linear fashion by numbering these, but I figured it might help the reader. Actually, if I’ve discovered anything, it’s that creation is about being in the non-linear parts of yourself.) So THAT actually comes second: being in your senses and allowing your feelings to come forth. It’s breathing deeply into your belly and with an acute awareness, noticing.
Then, it’s bringing forth that which you notice. It’s writing it down, moving the pen or the brush, or speaking the word that is there to be spoken. It’s just speaking the truth. Or more accurately, being your own truth and then doing what comes naturally.
So what are you doing today to “plug in” to your own stream of inspiration and creativity that is flowing to you?
What’s in the way of it? What noise do you need to quiet or what can you bring back into balance for yourself so that your creativity can “happen”?
How can you allow the genius within you to unfold?
Sometimes on our paths, things can get a little foggy. It can be hard to see the next step. Here in Laguna Beach, we’ve been shrouded in a fog so thick that for the last two days, I haven’t been able to see the house across the street.
So what do we do when we can’t see the way?
One suggestion is to come back to the basics. Come back to your foundation. “What, Who, Why?” – That’s what these questions are meant to do.
What are you trying to do?
Who are you trying to do it for?
Why are you the one to do it?
But can you answer them with clarity?
A couple of years ago, a buddy of mine, Dan Lerner, who’s an amazing coach and organizational consultant, asked those questions of me. Last week in Utah, I led a course that I created for the Four Winds Society that took the long and winding road to have people be able to answer those questions to get clarity on how to build their own thriving practice.
Here are my answers for the Majestic Path:
What am I trying to do?
Show others how to make a prosperous living doing what they love. Using a combination of practical business-building information, brand consulting, and also energy work, I help them to be of greatest service to others so that they fulfill their soul’s journey through their life’s work.
Who am I trying to do this for?
People who are embracing their role in the new consciousness. It’s the healers, coaches, and other holistic practitioners who feel a call to do something greater with their lives by being of service to others. I love helping these courageous souls who are daring to live life on their own terms. I love touching others who are meant to touch the world.
Why am I the one to do this?
Because I’ve lived through it: the fear and the struggle. By overcoming doubt and creating my own successful practice, I’ve learned so many things that I know can make a difference for others. I’m here to share what I’ve learned. (Including these 3 questions)
So what about you? What are your answers?
What are you trying to do?
Who are you trying to do it for?
Why are you the one to do it?
Once you have your answers, it then becomes about your next step.
What’s your next step?
“There is no such thing as time management. There’s either flow or resistance.” – Dave Buck, CEO of Coachville.
This rings true for me. Sometimes the immensity of what I’m trying to do just stops me before I can even begin. I’m either in the flow of my actions or I’m sitting here thinking about things. And usually, when I’m sitting here thinking, I’m not doing anything. I’m not making any forward progress.
So I come back to the foundational questions – What, Who, & Why. Then next step can be made clear. After that, we simply need to take the step.
If you feel called, I invite you to share your answers below. You just never know how sharing your answers could be the catalyst for great things.
If you have the willingness to be open, share what you’re trying to do, who you’re doing it for, and why.
May you step with clarity today.