“How on Earth am I going to be able to manage all of this?”
That was my thought as I’ve been trying to sort out running my business from home while also having a newborn baby and 20-month old toddler running around.
My wife gave birth to our son two weeks ago. It’s been such an intense time on every level: literal, mental, emotional, and energetic. I had to smile when I received a few emails wondering why I haven’t sent out a newsletter in a while. Life has become very full. But now, I hope people understand.
The birth of my son, Sorya Sage, has brought with it many lessons and opportunities for growth. In addition to fully supporting my clients and helping my wife to care for our two children under the age of 2, I’m also launching a new business endeavor providing energetic support and workshops for conscious organizations and companies. (See www.elevatedcompany.com if you’d like to check it out.) So how on earth am I going to be able to manage all of this?
“By expanding and elevating my energy in every area.”
That was the answer that immediately occurred to me.
To paraphrase Incubus, it’s now about “going beyond the heights of what I think I know.”
We’ve all heard that managing energy, not time, is our most valuable asset. So how do I do this when both my time and energy is at a premium? How can I produce results with the least amount of effort possible?
The exploration of that last question is the reason that I’ve been practicing Tai Chi Chuan for the last few years. It’s been an enlightening experience to take the concepts of Emptiness, Void, and working with universal energy instead of my own and bring them into the physical. It’s one thing for me to nod my head about working with flow of the universe and not against it. It’s another thing toactually move that way.
What’s the least amount of effort required to take flight?
I’ve learned that in nature, animals don’t “think their way” into a situation. They don’t strategize or “figure out the how” of getting off the ground. They just do it. They naturally take the path of least resistance, using their God-given talents and strengths to their benefit.
Here’s an awesome video I recently found of birds taking flight in slow motion:
While it may seem like these birds are flapping pretty hard, if you look closely, they jump and then at just the right moment, they bring their wings up to create the
maximum amount of lift. Then they bring their wings down with full force as they lift their bodies up in a beautifully timed burst of synchronistic motion.
It’s not that flight doesn’t require some effort. It certainly does. But what is the least amount of effort required to get off the ground?
For us, when we need to flap and extend some effort, how can we time it just right?
We do it by listening first, giving us the intuitive knowing of the exact moment to strike (or flap) with minimum effort but maximum force.
Having a Different Measuring Stick
There are many ways for us to measure our success. It’s easy to measure it in terms of money or results. We can also measure it in Happiness. Lately, it’s occurred to me that it’s pretty easy for me to sacrifice my personal happiness for the sake of my path. But this doesn’t serve me. After all, what is all of the success in the world worth without Joy? So I’ve decided to ask myself a certain question each morning upon waking: What would it take for my resonant being to be one of Joy? What would it take for me to be happy today? And making sure I ask this question before I ask, “What do I need to do today?”.
I feel that letting Joy lead the way is one of the ways to get the timing right and work with the flow of the universe.
It’s certainly not by just “trying harder” to push the boulder up the hill.
My wish for you is that you find the right timing with all that you’re up to, that you’re able to sense when to flap, when to jump, and when to sit still.
May your flapping, or the energy that you exude, come back to you tenfold.
John Germain Leto
By the way, if you’d like to see a photo of my new little wise man, he’s right here:
“I never wanted to be a practicing shaman.”
Like most people, I stepped onto this journey for my own healing. There were things that were “up” in my life and I wanted to go as deep as I could to resolve them. I certainly did that. Along the way, I picked up invaluable energetic tools and ways to shift someone’s personal energy and help them to heal from the past.
But I never started with the intent of being a practicing shaman. Yet here I am now, doing client sessions with people all over the world, helping them to heal past wounds and step forward powerfully in their lives.
I don’t think I’m alone. Most likely, you’ve explored the shamanic arts primarily for your own transformational journey. Now you have all of these powerful tools. Yet maybe you don’t make use of them for others as often as you’d like.
Creating a thriving practice does not mean you have to see 5 clients a day or open up a retreat center. A thriving practice is whatever you say it is. Perhaps it’s simply having an outward presentation and website that matches your inner clarity and healing, so that if people wanted the same, they would know where to find you.
If this is you, it would be of tremendous benefit to experience some of the Create a Thriving Practice course content.
Below is a webinar that explores some of the practical elements to setting up your conscious healing business, however that looks for you, whether it’s just actively seeing one or two clients per week or setting up your own retail establishment for healing, like one of my newest clients.
The Webinar Recording!
This webinar covered the practical nuts and bolts of setting up a client practice. This business-building information included:
- How to increase client engagement
- How to set an appropriate fee structure
- How to transition pro-bono clients into paying ones
- Whether to use contracts or not
- How to handle the first phone conversation with a perspective client so that it naturally leads to setting up the first session
Since you have an integrity to “do the work”, come explore what it takes to do more of it!
To view the webinar, here’s the link:
“I was blown away by the response from my outreach letters. I sent 20 emails and got 13 new client sessions!”
- Suzannah Tebbe Davis, Ashville, NC
Using the principles of the Create a Thriving Practice course, this practitioner was able to set up 13 new individual client sessions in less than a week!
How would you like similar results?
I’m often amazed by the results that are produced when people take to heart the principles of my Thriving Practice
course. As a shaman or healer, you’re already aligned with Spirit. That means that the totality of the Universe is on your side. So to me, awesome results should
Yet, for many practitioners who want to be of greatest service, they are stuck and blocked. There are many healers who know that they make a tremendous difference with someone once they’re in a session with them. The question simply becomes, “How do you set up more client sessions?” and “How can you present yourself in a way that’s not pushy or trying to force an outcome, but rather in a graceful way that simply attracts those that you’re meant to be of service to?”
The course is a combination of mythical elements, conscious marketing, branding, and practical business-building information.
Since you have an integrity to “do the work”, come explore what it takes to do more of it!
- Would you be able to quit your unfulfilling day job?
- Would you be able to spend more time with your children?
- Would you be able to travel more, taking your sessions with you via phone or skype?
- Would it mean no longer having to commute to work?
- Would it mean no longer struggling with money, but rather a sense of freedom around your finances to finally be making much more than you’re spending each month?
These are all of the things that I’ve been able to experience by having a full client practice over the last 10 years.
Let me share with you what I’ve learned. Here’s a quick video where I share the first primary intention of the next Shaman’s Collective course: Create a Thriving Practice.
There are many other “pieces of the puzzle” that also need to click together in order to thrive as a healing practitioner. These other pieces include:
- Having your own unique strategy to attract your ideal clients
- Breaking through any energetic barriers you may have to being fully visible
- Learning how to speak powerfully about what you do
- Creating a personal brand that’s rooted in your truth
- Learning how to tell your personal story in the most powerful way
- Creating a compelling online presence and website that works for you
- Learning how to have an effective phone conversation with a potential client
- Building complete certainty as a healing practitioner
- Activating the highest destiny of your practice
If you’re missing one or more of these pieces, it’s like having an engine that’s not firing on all cylinders.
If you’re really going to succeed with your practice, you need more than glimpses of greatness. You need to be that way almost all of the time. You need an engine that is revving.
Come see what it will take for you to get your practice together and improve the quality of your life.
I was shocked, back in January, when I asked the attendees of the first Collective Course, “How many of you are actively seeing clients?”
Out of 25 people, 2 raised their hands.
This was a group of very skilled, experienced energy medicine practitioners who were in an advanced class. Yet, only 2 people were actively seeing clients.
That means that most of them were not actually being of service using their energetic tools, doing the work of the soul’s journey.
Why are there so many people who have spent thousands of dollars on training, who could do so much for other people, but are not utilizing their healing skills and abilities?
There might be several reasons for this:
- Some simply feel they’re not ready yet.
- Some would like to be of service, but all of the attempts to attract clients have fallen short and they don’t know what to do.
- Some are afraid to be visible and seen for who they really are and how they can be of service to others. They are afraid that “coming out” may be harmful, or they may be mocked or judged.
- Some are using other excuses to not step into their big mission. Like, “I’ll do it when…(insert excuse or rationalization here)”.
I think it’s fair to say that most people who are able to be of tremendous service to others have huge holes in the calendar when it could be filled with clients. Or, they are so consumed with their traditional jobs that it will just have to wait until another day.
Don’t let this be you.The world is waiting for you.What are YOU waiting for?
Fulfill your soul’s purpose this time around, in this incarnation. There’s a course that we offer here at the Shaman’s Collective called Create a Thriving Practice
that is meant to alleviate all of the potential concerns mentioned above. That, and a whole lot more to help someone step forward powerfully to create the healing practice that they would like, and be paid in abundance as a result.I’ve spent the last 9 years of my life making a 6-figure income, purely from being of service to others.
Let me share with you what I have come to discover. Let me give you all of the secrets to creating a thriving client practice
of your own!
|A final word from John….
Last week, on an expedition I was leading to Peru, I realized that we each need to look within to see what is the appropriate amount of rock or starenergy for our endeavors. I feel that there are too many people whose practice just isn’t “off the ground”.
How can you elevate what you’re doing by tapping
into the wisdom of the stars?
Much of what has made me successful over the last 10 years has had to do with tuning in to my divine guidance. It has come from above. Yet, there are practical ways of putting into practice the insights that I’ve received in a grounded way that speaks to people right where they are. Come get your practice off the ground by exploring what the upcoming Create a Thriving Practice course could provide for you.
I hope you can join us!
~ John Germain Leto
Every time I teach the Create a Thriving Practice course, new insights occur. I’m approaching the second class of the current 6-week webinar and I’m at the point where I’m helping everyone craft a focus for their practice so they can attract their ideal clients. How? By exploring the greatest lessons they’ve experienced in their own life.
I’m always amazed at the profound wisdom that people acquire on their journey through life and the incredible upheaval they’ve been able to transform. They’ve completed a tremendous amount of personal work and understand so much about the mythic journey that we’re all on.
And yet, some of these advanced souls are mystified by business. Even one of my key mentors and teachers – who is extremely advanced – recently exclaimed, “I just don’t think I understand business.”
In one of my favorite scenes from The Wolf of Wall Street, the main character says to a group of his employees, “Sell me this pen.”
One of the guys then stumbles through an answer about the pen.
When he asks the second person the question, “Sell me this pen”, he replies,
“Do me a favor a write your name down.”
“I can’t, I don’t have a pen.” The main character replies.
“Well, here you go! (Tosses him the pen). Supply and demand, my friend.”
It occurred to me this morning, in the simplest of terms, what business actually is. Reduced to its most plain language, business is simply…
Fulfilling a need.
That’s all it is.
Yet, most healers and practitioners seem to forget this when build their websites or talk about what they do. They often position themselves and their offerings as “a good idea” instead of something that fulfills a need. I’ve seen some beautiful practitioner websites that explain things like the chakra system and “dreaming the world into being”. Yet, for most people, it all sounds like “a good idea”, not something that’s indispensible. It’s a service that seems worthwhile, but something that, “I’ll do a little later when I have some spare money”. If you’re a healer looking to build a practice, this simply won’t work.
So business is fulfilling a need.
Like the movie, another way of saying that is: “Supply and Demand.”
But it occurred to me that it’s actually more appropriate to think of it as Demand and Supply.
What’s the demand that people are asking for?
Where are they experiencing pain?
What’s their need?
What would they demand of you?
Then how can you supply it?
How can you position your services as meeting and fulfilling their demand: the need that they have for your services?
Do that one thing correctly and you’ll never have to worry about having enough clients.
Do that one thing well and you won’t have to work another day in your life.
It would simply be about doing what you love to those that NEED what you can offer.
Last week, Eden and I announced that we are having our second child.
While we’re ecstatic, it wasn’t exactly planned. I was still in the middle of coming to terms with my own loss of self and independence from caring for our first little one, who turned one-year old this month. What it means in the literal sense is that I’m cooking and cleaning more, as well as caring more for our daughter, as Eden turns her attention to the new life that is growing inside her. All the while, I’m trying to keep one eye on what I’m doing with my business, attempting to be of greatest service to my clients and the groups that I serve.
It’s harder than I ever imagined. I really did think it would be different for us. I said, “Not me and Eden. We have the ability to communicate on a different level, not only with ourselves, but also with the new children that are coming to us. We’ll be able to manage this with more grace than most.” And maybe we are. Who knows?
I used to write about the personal matters of business-type challenges. I suppose this is a very personal matter, one that I’m actually hesitant to share.
Yet, the point of mentioning this is that we each have personal challenges to manage in addition to work that we’re meant to bring forth to the world. Perhaps they are related to each other. Lately, I’ve been reminded of the Cosmic Dancer.
That I have the ability to manage all that life is presenting me, with grace and ease, even though I may have to balance it all standing on one leg. My motto lately has been, “Release the Struggle”. I seem to be saying it to myself several times a day as I have a tendency to tighten when I’m being confronted with unexpected challenges. Yet, I know that softness is the way. I’m reminded of certain power animals that have made themselves known to me like the Whale and the Peace Dove. At certain times, other power animals and tendencies are called for like that of the Jaguar. But not right now.
If there’s a way through, to complete all of the required tasks, whether it’s breakfast for my little one, or fulfilling my own soul’s purpose, then softness and gentleness is the way for me right now.
May you find whatever is required for your journey at this time, whether it be the strength of a jaguar or the softness of a peace dove. (Or something completely different because that’s what’s appropriate for you.) However, if you don’t know what your power animal is that is meant to assist you, that’s something that I help people discover in my one-on-one work.
May we each meet the challenges in front of us with the correct energy.
Today, Eden and I are being flown to New York to deliver a workshop and do two days of Chakra Clearings for the employees of Rodale Publishing, the company that is responsible for magazines like Prevention, Men’s Health, and many others. It was a real surprise to me that we are completely booked for all 48 slots for the mini-chakra clearing sessions that are being offered.
I think it’s quite a testament to the New times that we’re in that a company would include Chakra Clearings as a part of their month of “Health, Healing, and Happiness” for their employees. Of course, we know that paying attention to the energy body and healing soul wounds has a profound impact on someone’s health and happiness. It’s awesome now that more people are waking up to the knowledge that they can change the quality of their lives, not only by changing their thoughts, but also by being more aware of the energy that they carry.
To me, this is a huge shift from mental-level living to more soul-based living. I said a while back that, in these times of great change, if you only live from the level of your mind, you’re often going to feel like you’re losing your mind. It’s so important to be in touch with the non-linear parts of ourselves. It’s there, the places where we experience ourselves that are beyond the mind, that our real truth resides.
We’ve all heard so many times to “follow our heart” that it’s hard for me to even write the cliche. Yet, that is exactly the instrument that needs to “run the show”, for any choice that we’re about to make, whether it’s something around our careers, relationships, or personal matters with ourselves.
So today I encourage you to take a little time, whether it’s only 30 seconds in the shower or an hour that you can spend in nature or stillness, to connect with those parts of you that are not “just thinking”. And if you happen to be around New York, Eden and I have some slots available for personal sessions for energy clearings later this week. Just email back if you’d like to schedule an in-person session on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.
May you find peace this day.
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
Yesterday, I gave one of my most radically honest interviews ever regarding Purpose and how to connect more deeply to it. I simply opened up and let the truth of my experience flow through.
To hear the in-depth discussion of ways that you can increase your connection to your highest path, here’s the direct link for the replay: