Creativity and productivity – that sounds like a challenge right away, does it not? Well, it has been for me. At least the way I used to look at it.
Because, me being a creative type so is my life! Like in nature and no matter what I try to do to limit it there is always too many ideas and projects to handle… Can you relate?
I still haven’t learned to tame this “animal”, and I know that I never will! Which, I’m convinced more and more, is a really good thing! But how do you live with too many projects and too little time for them and remain (fairly) calm and (very) joyful? How do make creativity and productivity work and play together?
This has been an ongoing challenge and learning for me, and I have been experimenting a lot. These days the name of the experiment is: Joyful un-controlling!
Because, creative as I may be, part of me does like a certain measure of control … Except, life has a different take on that!
Seriously, I do trust and see that life is wiser than the part of me that thinks I can structure my way into productivity. Well, I can to some degree but then life takes over (firmly and lovingly).
So, typically I start my day with making a nice, creative overview of what I want to accomplish that day (not a traditional to do list, it’s a more playful version of it, but still) and then I play with it, from an inner sense of what really is most important in that moment and that is wonderful, going with a mellow flow… Except…
Sooner or later life happens in its own way! People, requests and urgent tasks show up… And all I can do with that is go with it the best I can… To the degree you can go with a rather lively river!
So here’s the beauty of it: At the end of the day, I am tired in a good way, and also amazed. Because while often times there is a lot left undone on my playlist (and some of it will be taken care of another day and some of it maybe never), some other things that I would never have thought of came as gifts. So in spite of the partial chaos there is also the sense of wonder, of accomplishment, of fulfillment.
What I learn these days is that good things happen even better without me trying to control the process too much. It’s like with dancing! All I need to do is tune in to the music station that is there for me and let my body do the rest. But if I try to do it “the right way”… haha, no way!
But how about you? On your way to living and manifesting your life’s work, how do you deal with creativity and productivity, structure and too many projects and ideas? What works for you, or not?
Back when I was a teenager and living with my family, I was nothing like the rather peaceful, joyful Halina you see now. I was in a more or less constant state of frustration and conflict. All I wanted was to be alone, to be free and to do what I wanted. But I couldn’t.
I came to think of it as I was walking yesterday. Wondering how many people feel like this during the lock-down, having to spend more time together than they would want to, on less space than they need. Not being able to be yourself completely, not being able to work the way you want to or need to.
It’s a complex situation to be in, and it doesn’t make it any easier that you are a sensitive human being. You need peace and time and space do the work you’re here to do.
But how? We tend to believe that if only we understand the situation and the underlying patterns, if only we can find out what causes the frustration and the conflict, then we can fix it, and then there will be peace. So that’s what we try to do.
Surely, understanding and insights can bring you some peace of mind, for a while. But it doesn’t bring you peace of heart. Because your heart doesn’t seek understanding. Your heart seeks its nature. And the nature of your heart is love. Love and freedom.
But love doesn’t come from understanding. It comes as an inner connection. It comes as alignment and attunement and allowing. It comes as coming back to your heart’s innate peace and joy.
It sounds simple, but when your buttons are being triggered, when you are being met with the un-peacefulness within and outside, love is hard to find.
For the first 40 years of my life it has been as hard for me as for anyone else. Then, through a series of spontaneous awakenings I was shown a way to connect with love and peace even when I didn’t feel love and peace at all. A way so simple and so powerful that it blew my mind.
And my mind needed to blown! Because, as the good old songs goes, all we need is love. Love rather than understanding.
All we need is to SEE through the eyes of love.
This is one of the reason I call it the SEE Approach. It’s also an abbreviation of the 3 simple steps that make it work. More about SEEing here.
Yesterday I participated in the MayDay meditation 2020. It was fascinating, unexpected and eye-opening (literally and figuratively speaking) – and it turned in a bit of a leadership meditation for me.
From the very beginning, I felt a collective energy n the space (beyond space) that was so beautiful, so loving, so connecting… 🙏
Leadership meditation – the emerging of it
Meanwhile, with the streamed event there were some audio issues. I’m totally fine with that. Life happens…
The fascinating part? How the comments were rolling fast, not only saying “What’s wrong with the audio?” but also “Never mind the audio, let’s just meditate!”. The secret leadership meditation had began… 😊
And that beautiful energy just there, filling the invisible sky…
Meanwhile, the streamed event turned out to consist of a long line of presentations, invitations and inspiration from our world’s best known spiritual leaders and organizations and artists….
The fascinating part? How the comments kept rolling fast saying “This is inspiring” but also “These people are great but I thought we were to meditate?”.
That’s how I felt you and you know… Eventually, I decided to stay true to what felt right. I turned off the audio, left the live stream to itself, and allowed myself to do what my entire being wanted to…
And it wasn’t even my typical way of meditation: it was pure beingness with open senses (eyes too), being with the omnipresence of the collective energy, with an experience of intimate connection with Source, no longer individual…
So beautiful!… It felt like New Year. Maybe it really was.
Afterwards, I found myself wondering and pondering what was happening.
A leadership meditation – the questions
What is leadership, really? Because we are all leaders. In our own lives, and as coaches also leaders for our clients and tribes.
We are leaders but what is leading us?
Are we leading the ways we have learned? Or are we listening to those that we are called to lead?
Is leading always to speak and lecture and inspire? Or could it be, sometimes, as Lao Tse Tung would say it, to listen and to follow? And what does it mean?
Halina here, from the Joy Keepers Network and Awakening to Joyful Living. I’m back. 🙂 You probably haven’t noticed that I was away because Facebook will always keep us satisfied… But I noticed that I haven’t been posting here anything for a couple of weeks. And the reason for that was that I was somewhere else…. Listen on – or read the transcript below.
Our Inner Connection created an experience of sharing a physical space
Actually, I was in this physical room and it felt like I was somewhere else. I was behind this camera, this computer, and it felt as if it somehow led me into a big big space with 500+ other people from all over the world, meeting in the same place. Which we know is not possible these days because of Corona and closed borders, etc, etc. Nevertheless, this is how it felt.
It felt like this for me and it felt like this for many others, maybe for most of those who participated. It felt magical, as if we kind of knew where our bodies were but we were so strongly connected that it felt as if we were in the same room. I have never experienced something like that during any online webinar or summit.
Here, it was possible, throughout the entire 6-day experience led by Steinar Ditlefsen, with several speakers and this whole amazing community.
This experience of inner connection transcending the physical and also transcending expectations reminded me of something I experienced many years ago:
Inner Connection creates an experience of love and belonging
Back then, I was really, really lonely. I felt very disconnected from the world. I felt that I didn’t belong. The loneliness was in my personal life and also in all aspects of my life, pretty much, perhaps except of music. Music kept me connected. But otherwise, no.
Very long story short, I eventually found the key to transforming, transcending loneliness and did some intensive inner work around self love, specifically and mostly. And then, magic started to happen!
The magic was that I started feeling connected with myself, and also, with that, I started feeling connected with other people. And so, from an experience where I was feeling lonely – whether I was alone or with other people, whether there was physical contact or not – I started feeling connected.
That feeling has continued ever since, I feel connected regardless of physical distance or not. So, I can be alone for weeks, these days it’s months, and I feel connected, even if there’s no one else in my physical space. I still laugh and enjoy physical meetings and the hugs and experiencing each other in that way, don’t get me wrong. But it is not a need, it is not a lack – because the connection is there. The connection changes everything.
Connection is the key
It made me ponder something else during this week that I experienced during the ETTG week. There were many amazing speakers there. And each of them had their own perspective on the world and their own perspective on how transformation can happen. There were different modalities, different ways of understanding.
They all pointed to the same space, the heart space, where the connection happens. But each of us really has our own system, our own perspective and method and books and courses in the way we coach and teach the transformation. And it was beautiful to see it. It was like watching creativity.
It was like when you see a room full of books – and there’s such a beauty to the fact that there are so many perspectives, so many ways of expressing our humanity and our spirituality. And still, a book only matters when there’s connection between the reader and the author. And the solutions that we bring only matter and only have any significance when there’s connection between us.
It’s like when you think of our climate and environmental and political and social challenges. We have all the solutions we need today. We have much more than we need in terms of solutions. What is lacking still – but it will come – is the connection, the experience of Oneness. Because when that experience is there, then we can use the solutions, then we can create the balanced environment that we need and that our planet needs.
So connection is the key, right? And it’s the inner connections – the connection of the heart. It’s so powerful and it’s so magical. Connection comes first.
How Joy leads to Connection
And this is also why joy is such an amazing and important part of life. There are, again, different ways of talking about it. But right now and many times, what really amazes me about the energy of joy and the experience of joy is that it connects us. When we feel joy, we feel connected.
We feel connected with ourselves, with life, with God, with nature, with each other. When we feel joy, the connection with other people becomes so strong that we resonate – other people feel that joy too. This is why joy matters. It connects us, it brings us back to the unity that is our essence, it brings us back to our wholeness.
So, this is why I have a very special sense of gratitude towards Steinar Ditlefsen, who led the event last week. Because, in a way, he’s the only one – he has his own modalities and mastery in his line of work around speaking and teaching and business also… But throughout an event like the ETTG, he invites people with different perspectives and he helps them and he helps everyone that is there connect. He brings the very key to a door, he opens the door. He supports and invites everyone to connect. And he sees the connection in everyone. So, a special thank you to you, Steinar for that. And a special thank you to everyone for connecting, for being here.
A question for you
And now, to bring it a little bit down to earth, I’m curious. Have you ever had any experiences where you had this inner connection? Perhaps between you and another human being or a group of people? Where it was not through internet, it was not something measurable or tangible – and that connection created something? Maybe it created a change or maybe it created a special experience? Have you had this experience of magical connections in your life? If you had, I would love, love, love to hear about it. So, share in a comment.
Thank you for connecting and I look forward to keep connecting in the future!
I’m having such an interesting experience these days, of certain things that are visible and are being shared publicly – such as the invitation to raise your vibration. And there are other things that are not share as openly – at least, where I am. And that is very understandable…
As you probably know, I am all about joy. I am all about supporting this community in opening to more joy, in awakening to joyful living, in becoming Joy Keepers. So, whenever I speak of that, I receive some beautiful experiences from people that resonate with that and feel the joy in themselves and in their lives and share that – and that is so wonderful. You are so needed and your ability to stay in joy is so important; now, more than ever! And then…
There are all those who do not comment and do not say anything. And some of them, I meet in a different way. Some of them are my coaching clients, for example. And when we talk, it’s in a more private space – and in that way, a space that feels more safe and so there they share the challenges they experience now. Fear being one of them and probably the most important of them, the biggest of them. And so, we work with that.
But what they also share with me is that they feel a relief because we can talk about it. The thing is that there is something going on, at least on the surface of the spiritual community, which is big, it’s millions of people, right? But let’s just call it a community. There’s something going on there that can give us a false perception perhaps. And what is going on is that, for the best of reasons, there is so much invitation to stay in the high vibration: “Don’t give in to fear”, “Don’t give in to suffering and such, but raise your vibration and connect with God” – and all those beautiful and true statements are there… However, this is not how life works!
So, many people experience right now – people in the spiritual community, people who are themselves coaches and practitioners and healers or speakers, teachers – they experience fear. You experience fear. And then, you have all these messages that you’re not supposed to be there, you’re supposed to be somewhere else. And perhaps, it speaks to part of your belief system even.
And so, you try to “raise your vibration” but you can’t. And then you feel really defeated, perhaps because your spiritual direction and journey tells you, “I should not be in fear. I should be able to raise vibration. I should be in joy. I should be centered. I should meditate”, etc, etc, etc. And at the same time, perhaps you feel that you can’t.
Perhaps you experience that your life is falling apart. Perhaps you experience that people that you care deeply about, your loved ones are sick or maybe you hear of people that pass away and it feels like it’s too early – and in any case, it hurts. And you see everything that’s going on in the world and you wonder about what’s going on? What’s going to happen with your financial situations? How are you going to cope?
All this is going on and it puts you under great, great stress and there’s more and more fear. And at the same time, there’s this idea – in the community that should be your support – there’s this idea, not from all, I’m sure, but from certain special leaders saying that you shouldn’t be going there.
So, I’m here to say that yes, you should, and you can, and it doesn’t mean that you will stay there forever. There’s nothing wrong with your life. There’s nothing wrong with moving through fear, moving through despair, moving through doubts, moving through darkness – there’s nothing wrong with that, at all.
On the contrary, we move through suffering as a way of exploring it; of a way of getting to know certain areas of our lives. What happens right now with this whole corona crisis is a global transformation. More and more people see it and it’s also a personal transformation.
Well, transformations don’t happen by trying to get away from what is calling for a transformation. They don’t happen by us running away from what is calling for our attention. When there is fear, when there is lack, when there is a loss – this is all something that was there already. And then, life happens and triggers it, but it has lived within us already. So basically, we are being invited to look at it and move through it. And if needed, get some help so that you can move through it.
But it is not about jumping into high vibration. It is about meeting it. And there is nothing wrong with you. There’s nothing wrong with you for a certain period of time, suddenly not being able to do your spiritual practices because you are overwhelmed. You have a good reason not to, there’s too much going on, you’re under stress – that’s one reason.
The other reason, as I see it, is that it actually helps you really dive into it. If you take all your light with you and look at darkness, there is no darkness there. So, you cannot really explore it if you’re fully connected. You actually need to disconnect in order to see that part of you. Does that make sense? I hope it does, because this is how it works.
There are periods of our lives where we are being disconnected from our source to certain degree so that we can experience the pain that has lived in that pocket and that has been seeking our attention. And now it has found our attention. And now, it’s time to to deal with it, to work with it and there are different ways of working with it. You’re not going to stay there. And as you move through it – and there different ways you can move through it – then you can slowly but surely – through patience, through work, through honesty with yourself – you can raise your vibration which is your true nature, but not as an escape from what is there, on the country.
So, I really want to be this voice for you – for those of you who don’t say anything in comments because perhaps you feel that this is embarrassing or you should be more enlightened or you should be more together or you shouldn’t be afraid or you shouldn’t be desperate or shouldn’t be confused. Everything you are is fine.
This is the experience right now. This is the experience right now and it will not last, it will not last. But it is to be experienced and there’s nothing wrong with it and it doesn’t make you any little bit less spiritual than you are because, of course, you are.
And you will be moving through it and I hope you will reach out for help. If I can be of help – and I can, many times – reach out, we’ll find a way to make it happen. And if others can be of help, reach out to them. Get all the help that you need.
Move through it with patience, with dedication, with surrender towards it and you will be okay. You will come out at the other side as we all will, as humanity, as this one percent culture that it experiencing great challenges all of a sudden. And as a world, we will come on the other side of it.
We will learn and we will return on a higher level but not by suppressing anything and not by hiding anything. So, know that: that there is nothing wrong with you. You are on your way. And however the landscape looks right now, this is how it looks and you’re moving through it and you are not alone. Okay? I love you and I look forward to keep connecting with you.
Is it possible to speak of and feel abundance in times of corona, with all the financial pressures and signs of disaster above us? Yes it is! But first, let me ask you….
How are you?
I really mean the question… How are you?
Here we are on this beautiful morning here in Denmark. The sun is shining brightly and it’s peaceful and all is good… Until I open any app, any social media page, anything… and of course it’s all about the corona virus. Which is completely understandable as corona it is defining our world right now – or so it looks, so it seems.
In strange ways, it is actually not affecting my life, at all. I feel very blessed – or maybe ‘spared’ would be the word? I’m grateful to have the life I have – it’s peace in every way. And I also know it may be very, very different for you.
And so I’m simply curious, human to human curious:
How is your life right now?
How does it look?
How does it feel?
How do you experience it?
I would love you to share in a comment and let me know so that I know how your world is. (If you’re not comfortable sharing in a comment how your life is for you right now, send me a message perhaps? )
What is good in your world?
What is difficult in your world?
How has life changed?
For most people, it has changed into something more limited. And so…
Abundance is not on the agenda right now – but it could be
There’s a lot of uncertainty, in so many ways. And in my own simple life and in my certainty, I am definitely seeing that other part too. I’m seeing the world changing rapidly, everything changing… and I’m reminded of a quote that says, ‘In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes”. Wow…
It’s kind of true, right? And the feeling behind that is that most people don’t want to have anything to do with either!
We don’t want death, we don’t want taxes, we don’t want life to end, ever, we want to have money flowing, we don’t want taxes…
It’s really all about fear and about our sense of uncertainty and not having safety.
And this is a very old quote as you know, I’m sure. But our present experience… For many, many people the present experience is that it’s really being like these certain things: death and taxes, death and financial fear are being brought in massively – and we don’t want that.
So, we do everything we can to prevent death from happening – as if we could. And we do everything we can to prevent financial changes or fears. And we can, but maybe not in the ways we think we can. Here’s a way to experience abundance in corona times too.
What is missing in this picture?
It’s filling the horizon. Yet, when I paint this picture for you and for myself right now, there’s something missing there, right? There’s something missing…
What is missing is the world within, the undying world within and the abundant world within.
The challenge right now is to continue stepping into that world, continue going back into that world, and finding our direction and our certainty and our safety and our life and our abundance in that inner world.
And then, from there, only from there, meet the world out there, however it unfolds. That is the invitation, right?
There are so many things going on right now, also in positive sense. There are so many meditations and sermons and webinars and positive quotes and everything else going on that even that can become overwhelming. It has been for me actually. And yet, here I come with another video myself 😉 – because some things need to be said again.
So, there’s just a lot of everything. And still, within you, within me, there is this inner place of peace, this inner place of joy, this inner place where we can find our sense of direction in the middle of all the confusion.
There’s the inner abundance that we can feel and say and sense in the midst of all the convincing statements of limitation, this inner life in the midst of all that talk of death – which by the way, is tiny compared to what is going on in the world otherwise, I am noticing that too. As always, what happens in our own backyard is so much more important than what happens in the big world – it’s very understandable.
How to keep the connection with abundance, joy and peace
I wish all of us this remembering that we can always step into the unshakable place within that is at peace.
There are many ways to step into it, I’m sure you have your own. And one of the things that it requires is a certain meditative practice perhaps, or just an inner practice, but it also requires grounding and joy – and that, you can also gain these days from dancing!
Like for example, dancing joy with the group of us that Caroline Hoek has taken an initiative to create. We dance regularly, meeting online and seeing each other, and it’s wonderful, it’s absolutely wonderful.
That too brings you back to yourself, brings you back to your body, brings you back to your aliveness, brings you back to your joy. So, come join us! I hope to see you there.
And I hope to see you in the comments – I would love to know how you’re doing!
Let’s continue living and celebrating this life. We are not defined by our circumstances!
There are more and more people these days seeing the corona crisis as healing. It’s about healing hands not just washing hands. Here are my perspectives and stories from this particular journey…
How are you?
In these corona times this is a question with an extra significance somehow. There is pressure around it and it is what we all talk about. And my inclination actually this morning was not talk about it because everyone else is talking about it. …
There is a need for our healing hands
But then I’m not going to talk about it. It’s not about it, it’s about us, it’s about you and me. It’s about how we react during these times too. How we prevail. How we bring in our love, our light, our joy, our healing hands into it all.
And it all looks different for each and everyone of us. It really strikes me how different the world is being experienced. It’s like there is a wave moving through the world and each of us reacts in a different way, depending on our circumstances for sure, but also depending on our inner circumstances. And maybe also just depending on where life takes us these days.
I have such strong and powerful experience that this is so not random, that we are really being invited to bring something into this situation and it may be different for each and everyone of us what it is.
Different challenges – different opportunities to heal
Some will and do experience great pressure, perhaps in terms of health, perhaps in terms of experiencing death in families. For most that’s actually not the case but for some it is. For most there is pressure created in life as we know it. There is more financial pressure perhaps, or pressure in relationships. Some people are forced to be with other people all the time in their homes and apartments. Other people experience loneliness. So it’s very different for each of us.
In any case we are invited to heal ourselves, to discover our self healing hands so to speak. My dear speaking mentor, teaching mentor and colleague Steinar Ditlefsen expressed it with such clarity, just in 5 minutes, how it is all about healing ourselves first, and becoming first what needs to become during this time.
Because as we heal the world heals. That’s how it works. This is a mirror. Whatever we see out there is a mirror for us.
It is a friendly mirror. Sometimes it looks scary but it’s actually a friendly mirror inviting us to heal from within what we see outside. So this is the first thing to do for all of us.
We are more than this
The other thing to do is to remember that we are more than that. We are more than the pressure, we are more than the trouble, we are more than the limitation, we are more than the challenges.
We are infinitely more. We are infinite beings showing up as these human beings, moving through a great challenges. And the great challenge is actually what happens on Earth, it is the climate, the environment and not the corona crisis itself.
It’s not about corona
I talked with a friend yesterday and she said that within the last week or so she’s been talking with some 200 people, and except of one, just one, all the others had the realization that this whole thing with the corona virus is created for us to wake up to our responsibility. And to wake up to our abilities as people who can connect with who we really are, and connect with each other, and work together and collaborate. Because this is really what is being called for.
And they all said to her, “You know once this thing is over… And maybe even before it… I’m going to engage much more around climate and environment. ” They really see how it is important.
We do experience during these times how the pressure that we create in the world as humans how it lessens actually, because we stay at home. You can almost here the sigh of relief in nature.
Can you feel that? I feel it almost literally whenever I go for a walk. Like there’s something opening up. And yes, it’s Spring and the birds are singing but it feels like more than ever before. I’ve heard of others having this experience.
So there is a bigger context for us people, as humanity, as individuals, and also as souls. It is very much about bringing that bigger perspective in, it is very much about surrendering to what life gives us and healing what needs to be healed. Finding our healing hands, literally and figuratively speaking.
Joy and Playfulness in corona times
It is also about bringing even more of our love in, bringing even more of our joy in, bringing even more of our playfulness in. Playfulness as in playing fully.
And how do you play fully when you are under limited circumstances? The reminder is that while some circumstances appear limiting – and I don’t’ want to underestimate those – but our ability to be in joy, our ability to play, our ability to shine is not dependent on our circumstances. It never has been.
No matter how serious things look it doesn’t mean that you should turn that ability down, on the contrary. You can! And I’m here to help you with that, so if you have any questions, if you don’t know how, let me know.
I’m reminded all of a sudden… 25+ years ago my dear dear brother passed away very suddenly, leaving behind his 6 children. I went to Israel where the funeral was to be within very short time, because that’s how they do it. And so I spent time with his family that was in such deep grief, such deep loss…
And the children.. The youngest was just 1 year old, the oldest was a teenager I think. What I really noticed was how they moved through waves… There were times where they were grieving and crying and missing their Dad and also just reacting to the grieving adults around them… But in between that they were playing, they were joyful, they were alive!
This is our natural way of being. And, we live in a culture that may be judging that, that may be saying oh you shouldn’t… But we know we should! And we see it. I’m sure you’ve seen videos from Italy where people are singing and laughing, and there are so many beautiful things going on right now, it makes my heart sing!
Our challenges and our gifts
In meeting a challenge we are really bringing gifts in, we are really bringing our joy, we are really bringing up what we are, which is more than the circumstances, and more than the challenges. It’s so wonderful to see that.
So let’s keep doing it, let’s keep shining. This is our role. I’ve seen that some of us had this very strange experience: As soon as this thing began to accelerate there was a great peace, great love, great joy flowing into us and through us. And it is there for a reason. It is there because this is the role we are here to play.
We are here to be that peace, to be that joy. So if that happens for you wonderful, be grateful, and share it. Let’s shine! This is what we’re here for.
If you don’t experience the shining that’s totally fine. Then you’re here to heal it right now. And the shining will come. Because the only thing between the shining and the not shining is what needs to be addressed at this time. We experience it for a reason.
This is the time to be a Joy Keeper in whatever way you are that. And Love Keeper and Light Keeper and Hope Keeper. Be the healing hands of the world.
I think this is very important actually. I’ve heard a lady who for the best of reasons and with the best intentions said ”This is the worst crisis in the history of humanity” and she said it with such gravity. And I don’t want to underestimate what is going on, especially because I cannot see into the future. But I do know and I do see and I am being told and others are too, that this is a wave that is going pass and it is not the worst crisis in the history of human.
It is a serious crisis yet in the big scheme of things it is actually minor. And I am not underestimating it, please don’t take me wrong. I’m not underestimating the pain, or the suffering, or the trouble. Still, this is not the end of the world, this is a passing wave.
The invitation as always is to do what we need to do, to heal ourselves first and then we heal the world. To shine within and then to shine outside. To find the joy and the playfulness in whatever way we can right now and then to bring it out. And the world moves and life moves on.
Thank you! Thank you so much. Be Joy because you are. Be Love because you are.
And you will find it, even if you cannot come in touch with it right now, which may be true for some of you, you will find it and we are here to help each other with that. We are waking up to this together.
There is support around you for sure. And I’m here for you as well so just let me know.
Thank you for listening, thank you for being here.
How would our life look if we were able to meet it with a sense of Joy in all aspects of our lives? How would it affect our health, work, relationships, and even our finances? Can we create a truly joyful relationship with money, in complete integrity with our soul? And what would it mean?
Why creating a joyful relationship with money matters now
I realize that speaking about money in the context of the awakening journey can feel challenging. Even if there is more and more awareness around it, money remains a difficult subject for most. And because it’s difficult, we tend to avoid it. However, avoiding it will not create the positive change we all want in our lives and in the world….
I believe that at this stage of our personal and global transformation, rather than avoiding anything we are called to bring our love and joy to everything. We are called to let our light permeate all aspects of our life and our relationships, including our relationship with money.
That does not mean that life is to be perfect and lightful and joyful first. It means that we’re invited to love and to embrace whatever is there with joy and light (to the degree we’re able to, of course).
But even when not avoiding it, even when being willing to bring awareness into our relationship with money, most of us still have mixed experiences of it…
The inner contradictions
On one hand, we realize more and more that abundance is the very nature of Life, of Source, of God, and of ourselves as spiritual Beings. On the other hand, in our actual, lived, daily experience most of us don’t have much of a direct experience of abundance.
As an example, almost everyone in my personal and professional life is on a spiritual path. And if you mention abundance as such for us, we resonate with it, it speaks to our soul, we can feel it as something real.
But then again, when we encounter a valuable event, or thing, or travel that we would love to experience, one of our first reaction is “How much does it cost?…” and “I cannot afford it…”. There’s worry and a sense of inhibition.
Often, the feeling of abundance is isolated in one part of our being and it does not affect our relationship with money near as much as it could.
Bridging the gap between knowing abundance and experiencing scarcity
I have been called (and sometimes pushed…) to do something about this. To bridge and transform this gap in my own life and also to support others in that. It has been part of my work and ongoing exploration for some 10+ years, including as a Busting Loose From the Money Game coach, and is now part of Awakening To Joyful Living coaching.
On that note I wanted to invite you to a brand new pilot project called Joyful Economy. We will build on…
The 3 important principles of a joyful relationship with money
To create Joyful Economy you don’t have to have a perfect economy. You can feel joyful and free with any kind of economy. But then again, it’s a dynamic process:
Bringing joy and awakening to your economy contributes to healing blocks and to expanding your actual financial ability and sense of freedom
The development of Joyful Economy is a co-creation process which includes elements of transformation, visioning, action and manifestation
I know that you can feel or glimpse joy and abundance as a reality in your inner life. And I know that you long to fully express who you are and what is possible if your life. We all want to live joy and to live freedom. It’s our nature. So let’s explore together how.
Come and join us in this exciting pilot project. The first group members are already here to welcome you!
Have you ever come back from an event, a course, a seminar with so many ideas, so much inspiration and motivation… And then you encounter overwhelm?… Then watch this:
Watched the video? Great. Then let’s make this more specific:
Here are the three things for you to do when you encounter that post-event overwhelm:
1. Start with taking care of the one who experiences overwhelm
Before you begin even looking at the notes, the plans, the goals take care of the instrument of the work first. That’s you! Give yourself whatever you may need to find back to your balance (or find your new balance, as the case may be).
This is the time for good old self-care, self-love, grounding and joy. Re-commit to the practices that you possibly weren’t able to practice during the event. Take time to come back home to yourself. It may take hours, or even multiple days. Do whatever you need to do for yourself.
2. Move through your notes and plans as the captain of the ship that you are
When you’re back to balance and just before you begin actually working on all those notes and ideas and plans center yourself, tune in to your soul, your wholeness, yourSelf. Become very present. Then, from this space of peaceful inner leadership, start sorting your notes and ideas into the categories that make sense for you and incorporate them in your usual working/business plan.
3. Keep reconnecting to avoid overwhelm in your daily life
Bring this approach into your daily work. Honor your spiritual practices. Cultivate your connection with your true Self, love and joy. And work practically from that space.
So again, while our immediate impulse is often to just go and address all these notes and get a lot of done, the art of it is to do it in the energy that is the very foundation of who we are and what our work is.
Think of yourself as an ocean and the work as your waves. Overwhelm happens when you do it the other way round.
Is it better to choose love rather than fear, joy rather than sadness, light rather than dark? The answer seems obvious. Yet there comes a time when we are called to move beyond these choices….
Our joy and freedom is in our wholeness. Love and joy don’t choose. Are we willing to learn to embrace rather than evade?
I will be sharing more specific resources to support this journey. Stay in touch through the Awakening To Joy newsletter at HalinaGold.com/welcome (you will get it as well as the “Finding Joy Every Day” ebook).
Or, if you feel you’re ready to move to that next level of freedom and joy, I’m ready to support you here.