On a hike in the Southern San Juan Mountains a circle called to me. It wanted to be made on the topic of courage. I was on a steep slope, making my own switchbacks so as not to slip and fall. I was moving slowly downward after the accomplishment of having hiked up that same slope with a reward of lunch and a beautiful view.
Back home, making the circle, it was drawn as the lower right image. That’s what started as “right side up.” As I meditated with this soul circle, I felt the urge to turn it on it’s head (upper left). That’s when it’s message became clear.
Courage requires us to view a problem from every angle.
The way I had drawn it, it felt like that speeding snail-eye would be traveling a half-circle in an endless, hamster wheel loop. The momentum would carry it forward again and again, just to arrive back at the same place.
When I flipped it over, what had seemed like confinement, now felt more like a porous, yet protective shell, bubble, space which would roll along with the snail, providing traction. Like an nonthreatening tank, slow and steady, going where others might not be able to. Or one of those human hamster balls that allows us to walk on water.
Courage often requires us to look at situations from different angles in order to take the next step. Like the four options above, a couple of those feel precarious, unwise. Yes, the best option may be uphill but once you get to a certain elevation, the path will level out and pick up speed, (lower left).
We don’t have to tackle problems in the way they first appear, in fact, if we do that, those problems will likely persist. We can ‘circle’ each difficulty until we see a useful perspective, the exact expansion of awareness which that problem came to show us. When we reach the top of the ridge, where the uphill problem is behind us, we get to use natural laws to move us forward from there with very little effort.
In my experience there is an added bonus: I can feel grateful for the problem, privileged that it chose me. And, to take it a step further, I can give the problem a gift — the opportunity to fulfill its purpose, its reason for existing.
Who doesn’t want that?
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This Soul Circle may be for all of us but if you are in a place that requires courage, you might want to have this one (or one made especially for you) go to work on your specific issue. Contact me here.
Admittedly..I’m not good at delegation, even though I tell everyone else that they need to delegate tasks. Though I do have on my calendar, a note in July (which is fast approaching), to find a virtual assistant and start delegating tasks to him or her.
From the team of folks I have listed out for myself, most of these people are collaborators, influencers, and inspirers. I have yet to find a really AWESOME virtual assistant who can be likened to a “mini-me” who can task manage everything.
But I did hire a dog walker recently! And this.. has made a big difference in my productivity. And while I do work primarily from home, I often times LOVE to sit with my bagel sandwich and coffee at a local bagel shop to do my writing and creating. It’s my “office hours” as I call it. I’m able to stay longer at my “office” to do my creating, while my great dog-walker, Zene does his magic with my doggie Junebug.
And I know that Zene is completely in his element as he has quite the life. He’s a college student majoring in studio art, and he takes care of dogs. This is his zone. I love my doggie immensely, but I do believe that having another person come in to care for her is also helping her socialization with people once again. So it’s a Win-Win-Win. Zene gets paid to do what he loves. I get more time to create away from home. Junebug gets a walk with another cool dog person 4 days out of the week!
I often wonder if there are ways too, that we can delegate certain feelings or energies. If I could delegate my worries to the trees I encounter on a trail, could they transform them into comfort? Could I delegate parts of my design process to my dream space, so that my subconscious mind can work magic during naps? Could I also delegate my insecurities by giving my “inner critics” horrendous jobs to do to keep them busy and at bay? Could my “inner-Wise Elf” travel and meet with someone else’s Inner Wise Self to work out a conflict?
This is one thing that fascinates me with regard to this “delegation business” – we tend to always delegate our tasks and to do list items. But can we delegate our feelings and attachments to these things as well? Can my worker gnomes flood the space to protect me when I feel verbally attacked? Can a Cosmic Rubbish Bin Circle transform negativity for us? Can one landing page accomplish everything we need in a business, allowing for more business AND quiet?
I think that really, we could delegate almost anything, aside from a few things:
Dreaming (though perhaps one could dream for another)
I give this drawing the designation of being #1 because I feel like it is here to teach me a lot of things I don’t yet understand and it will require subsequent circle drawings to teach me.
However, I first drew this circle (below) in April on the topic of Money Flow…
Money Flow 4/2/18
But, a few days ago, I burned it.
It seemed to represent a system of money flow that is incorrect. A covert exchange disguised outwardly as generosity (or capitalism?). I was planning to do a drawing today which would show me what a loving currency looks like. Not by happenstance I saw this video from Justin Dickerson explaining the history of our monetary system and where he sees it going: into peaceful dismantling. To me, it is a hopeful scenario.
Meditating with the current circle, it told me that only the “hole” (the small, dark areas outlined with white) is relevant, the rest is distraction. Future drawings will illustrate what the other side of that hole looks like and only people who can see in the dark will be able to make their way and function within the new monetary system.
Do what you will with that information. I’d be interested to know others’ interpretation of that message.
See more Soul Circles for meditation here and have one made to teach you on your own topics of interest or concern.
What if we get to make up the rules of how our world works?
What if our individual rules are made for us already, based on the qualities of each one of our unique souls? My rules are different from yours, and yours from mine.
What if, outside of Universal Truths, my world works differently from yours simply because I’m me, made to do the things I am made for and you are made to do something entirely different? And in a vastly different way, at a pace designed especially for you.
These possibilities could eliminate judgment, frustration, trying to get things right, pushing any boulders up hills, or failing. I can simply step into the flow and allow the God’s Laws to direct me where the greatest excitement is to uncover and express all the qualities gifted to my perfectly design soul. Or yours.
Recently, Scott said to me, “You’d be surprised at what the circles can handle.” So I made a Soul Circle for myself where I toss all nonproductive thoughts and feelings into it like a cosmic rubbish bin. It spins and flings them out into a black hole, where they will be dismantled and sold for parts. This circle has it’s purpose and is happy to fulfill it.
Cosmic Rubbish Bin
You can borrow this new way of how things work. Go ahead and use this “cosmic rubbish bin” if it works for you, too. Toss in all the unnecessary, destructive, limiting thoughts and ideas that keep you from living in your gifts.
It can handle a lot.
The word “team” for me is quite a loaded one. After working in the technology and customer support arenas for so long, to me, that word “team” gets thrown around so much – to a point of it being nauseating. And for the most part, in my opinion, really good “work teams” in the corporate 9-5 world are very rare. Hence, I have done solo work for the better part of the last 10 years.
But today I was charged with taking stock of who might be on my “team” – of influencers, believing mirrors, inspireres, collaborators, etc. Who do you draw energy from most out of your friends and contacts? We were told to just write down those people.. regardless of the “how” you might connect or collaborate in the future.
My list not only included some of my own clients, but a number of people outside the periphery of things – those I speak to on social media, influencers I follow who’ve gotten to know me through my chats and comments, people who share my struggles. Of course, for me too, there is Rita Roberts who is coming along with me and collaborating (or maybe I’m coming along with her). But there is definitely a concept of “inner and outer circles” of influence. Some “team members” provide different roles, different inspiration, or different inputs. Some simply show up and give ideas or suggestions, and others are critical eyes.
The good thing is – I don’t have to KNOW how they will all play a part in this “shift” with me. I can let these roles morph and evolve while still being a solopreneur. Much to ponder today about “team”.
Thanks for listening!
Day 2 Exercise – The Entrepreneurial Shift
A free write of the things I love and love doing.
Coffee and coffee shops – I just love taking in the scenery, the people, the atmosphere, the coffee, and letting it put me in a place of comfort so that I can work, create, write, be. I feel like I’m in an idea incubator, and a conversation terrarium. So much is going on, and I feel like I often can just feed off of the energy and the ideas that are pouring out of everyone. I can write and create just by being in the electron field of everyone around me who is doing the same.
Tennis – I love setting foot on the court and having a place where I can move my body in a way that I feel I’m good at. Tennis is like art to me when I serve. It’s a challenge where I meet my demons and smash them into the opposing side. I come in to play the game and to un-apologetically win if I win. Un-apologetically create art, make aces, hit winners, and get caught up in the moment. Tennis is exciting for me! It’s high internal drama!
Singing – Since I was a little kid I’ve loved singing, and I love my voice. The opportunity to express myself and to interpret and present a living song. To move me, to move others, to tell stories, and to affect the electromagnetic field around me. I sing to the interdimensional planes and I sing to my cells and the cells of others. I want to be a change and a shift in the world, and this is where I have power to do this. I’ve made myself and others cry from singing, and it’s authentic. Sometimes I’m not polished with stage presence, but I sing from a place of intricate interpretation of art and storytelling. Artistic expression reigns there, even through the technical.
Dreaming and being in the dream space – I love how my dreams are portals to those places of the subconscious world and the interdimensional spaces that DO exist that I can travel to. I do not see dreams as an artificial construct or simply our brain defragmenting. Dreams are a part of reality and consciousness. They are worlds and they are energy, and I feel that they are structured in a way where we’ve not yet tuned into the same way as the waking reality, but they exist, and they are there for us to interpret, work in, solve problems in, and receive information that is vital for our lives.
Conversations about Spirituality and Consciousness – I love to travel in these realms of wonder that cross over between boundaries of science, religion, spirituality, love, hate, conscious and unconscious belief. I think that these conversations and wonderings have exercised and expanded my mind and my own conscious living, because I recognize and see the shifts. I’m only now beginning to understand that there’s a high level of pliability in the universe and our consciousness. We have precognition far beyond what we know and what we can know. That precognition could be a part of our innate consciousness, or it could be God reaching back to us. I travel fluidly between these explanations and embrace them both not as dualities but as part of a constellation of possibility. What if God is a star? What if the big bang is still happening now, and we are a part of it, existing right now. What if our sun has its own consciousness, and reaches into our cells to produce the very essence in us of what is LIFE, LOVE, and Exsistance.
I love thinking like an artist. I love artistic expression. I often wonder what it would be like to completely immerse myself into artistic expression for a time. That perhaps this is our natural state – to create with the world within our conscious fields. And really, everything we do is Artistic expression – from the way we write to the way we think, dress, walk, wear clothing, speak, sing, etc. We’re walking art. It’s ironic the paradox of me wanting to be a constant artist and knowing really that I am already and just crave external validation..like a “look what I made mommy” kind of kid, wanting the world and universe to just be pleased or shocked, or dancing with excitement. Artists are children, who need this kind of feeding.
I love the psychic, paranormal, and spirit realms. Moreso, I love knowing that I can tap into these energies to assist me in life. I do this every day, and it’s often my secret that I don’t let out. It’s fun to have secrets, even if they aren’t so secretive and everyone has the same secret.
I love nature and trees. I love walking in the woods with my dog where I can just feel the consciousness of the trees around me. I can feel when trees are happy, and I love to witness wildlife and send out love energy.
I notice that web design really hasn’t come into my love list. hmmmmm….I think I’m good at it because I have a creative mind and I know how to manipulate technology. It’s more of a skill to make money based on how I’ve learned to adapt in the world and how to be free. I do love my freedom, so I love the PRODUCT of what doing design for others brings me – money to be in the spaces of art and learning and spirit which feed me. My work is a tool for me..and I’m good at it. I often wonder though if there are other forms of artistic expression that I could immerse myself into and also make money I need to be in the spaces I thrive in.
I love cooking and preparing my own meals. I love the self-sufficiency of it.. using what nature and the universe has provided. Living and thriving on mother earth’s bounty. Relying on God’s energy that is inside every living thing. I’m stronger and younger because of this ethic. I don’t look or act my age based on today’s societal expectations of an almost 49 year old. I believe there are others out there like me, who have relied on natural medicine, carving their own paths, and have kept themselves young to a point where eventually they must covertly change their age, as they simply do not age physically.
I love living outside the mainstream. Yes there is solitude and you can be rejected, and there is pain, but no worse than the pain of living inside a mainstream that is not in alignment with who one really is. I am fluid. Covert. Hidden. Disguised. I often step up to bloom publicly, but when and where I choose. I do this with the goal of awakening others. I love the idea that I can awaken others.