We are living in spiritual times. Even the corporate world is starting to understand the benefits of spirituality in the workplace which helps with stress management, camaraderie and improved stress management to name a few benefits. Then what stops us as entrepreneurs from accepting our own spirituality and using it to build the business for which we left the security of a regular paycheck in the corporate world? Why do we block our spirituality when that is really the secret to being successful?
It’s often difficult to offer a simple definition of Spirituality because the word is nowadays used in a much broader context and takes on the shape and priorities of the context in which it is used ranging from religion to psychology, social sciences, the arts and even the professional world.
Perhaps, as a practicing Hindu, spirituality comes naturally to me because Hinduism is more than just a faith or religion; it is a way of life. It is an individualistic and yet community faith. Yet understanding and explaining spirituality are 2 different things.
To keep it simple, let us define spirituality as being the experience of spirit and actions that lead to productivity and embracing the life of a Karma Yogi (one who is dedicated to duty and service to others) as described in the Bhagvad Gita, For the purposes of this post, I am going to use this precept to explain why you too need to unblock any barriers to your spirituality to thrive and save your sacred business.
Spirituality in business then would stand for those practices and actions that help you to find your purpose in life using your business as the vehicle for achieving your true potential. It consists of those beliefs and actions that would feel your soul while helping you to run a profitable business while being of service to the very audience that you want to help when you take the decision to work for yourself. It keeps the expensive hobby syndrome at bay.
So how do you bring spirituality into your business?
Very simple – carefully while holding your vision of what you really want to create and the best way forward that would keep you in integrity both with your personal and professional life. In other words a Vision Statement that includes your needs as well as those of the people whom you wish to serve through your business. For example, you can create a clear philosophy that for your business (here’s the one for Karmic Ally Coaching) and a personal manifesto that ties up with your business goals (this is my personal unapologetic manifesto)
You know something, you don’t have to use fluffy woo woo words while creating your vision. What’s important is that you remember to keep that vision to guide you.
Remember the saying ‘Actions speak louder than words”? That’s what you need to implement here. Simple practices that will help create the vehicle or vessel through which you will work in your business while acknowledging your spiritual side.
Your practices would include
- Your vision that will act as a compass to navigate the business world
- Actions that demonstrate a high level of integrity and service
- Ensuring that the content that you write in your marketing literature, website and social media engagement reflects a genuine desire to be of service, that you value your clients and prospects and are supportive of them for their needs while valuing your own needs (in other words, don’t undercut your prices for the sake of getting business unless it is part of a business plan to create more continuing business.
- Focus on your continuing personal and professional growth
- Practice what you preach
The practices that I’ve outlined above are easy to write but require effort to make them work especially if you have been ignoring your spirituality or have created a block and need to jump start the process of embracing your spirituality.
So as an intuitive, coach, mentor and consultant, I decided to bring out my Tarot deck to provide more guidance on unblocking your spirituality for your business. The wonderful part about running a spiritual-based practice is that everything seems to come together as you will see from the reading.
Tarot reading guidance for unblocking your spirituality and build the business of your dreams
The question asked: What guidance can I give a business owner to help them reconnect with their spiritual side for success?
For the purposes of the reading, I used a 3 card spread representing the past, present and future if you act on the guidance of Card number 2.
I’ve used the Rider Waite Tarot Deck also known as the Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck to acknowledge Pamela Colman Smith as the designer of the cards. This is the deck I use when I want clarity on what is going on in my life and business and the one that I use in my Creative Visualization workshops and with my coaching clients when my intuition tells me we need to go further into a particular matter.
Different people have different ways of using the tarot deck and interpretations. For example, I don’t read reversed cards as being bad and if a card ‘pops out’, I pay attention to it before beginning a reading because I know there is a message for me or the person for whom I am doing the reading.
So imagine my surprise when the 3 of Swords flew out of the deck while I was shuffling the deck and concentrating on the question. As you’ll see, this card corresponds to my query!
Pop out card: 3 of Swords
The Swords are the suit of intellect, thought and reason. They are concerned with justice, truth and ethical principles. Swords are associated with the element Air. This suit is also associated with states that lead to disharmony and unhappiness. Our intellect is a valuable asset, but as an agent of ego, it can lead us astray if it is not infused with the wisdom of our Inner Guide.
The three of sword symbolizes experiencing heartbreak, loneliness and betrayal. As you can see there are 3 swords piercing the heart and dark clouds in the background.
The scenario when this card turns up is a sense of disappointment, suffering emotional pain, feeling rejected or being deserted in a time of need, having your trust betrayed and a literal meaning of being stabbed in the back and similar situations that have led to disappointment. Was a breaking point reached where you had to get out or sink?
Perhaps that was the reason you quit your job and decided to follow your heart and start a business where you would be the boss and run a business that was more aligned with your ideals and core values?
That’s exactly what the image on the 3 of Swords describes – the pain.
For sure life’s curve balls can throw us out. It’s up to us to decide if we wish to soldier on the same path or change course and create something new, something that will give our lives and work a meaning.
So when the card popped out, I realized it was referring to the soul inspired heart based individual who wanted to do things differently and as the actual reading cards will show, it all falls together as the missing pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
A word of caution is in order. This card can also mean that you may be contemplating hurting someone else too or may already be hurting someone by taking out your frustrations on them. I suggest stop in your tracks and course correct. Hurting others is never a solution and heart-based entrepreneurs who’ve embraced spirituality in their business don’t mete out on others that which they themselves have not chosen for themselves.
Past Card: IX Hermit
The card that came up for the Past position was the Hermit, a major arcana card. The Hermit card is associated with introspection, searching for answers within and seeking greater understanding. It also symbolizes going on a personal quest and desiring a new direction. The Hermit card indicates a person who has experience and is in a position of receiving or giving guidance, capable of being a mentor or needing one and a person who has the ability to offer wise counsel, trusted teacher or be a mentor.
The traditional hermit is a bearded character who has withdrawn from society to live a life of seclusion and hardship. He has a lantern with which he is lighting his way to find the truth.
The Hermit represents the desire to turn away from society to focus on the Inner World and find the answers that will only come with quiet and solitude.
Many of us who decide to go into business for ourselves have experienced this turning point where we sense that the world as we know it is not the one we want and decide to change the status quo. We begin our search for a more meaningful existence. For heart based entrepreneurs, coaches and consultants, this is the time when the idea of manifesting our vision of a new world order is born.
This is similar to the Wakeup Call and our accepting our Call to Adventure. In business, it means taking stock of what we have and what we want to create. When we are in touch with our spirituality, the going is easier because all our answers lie within us and we know when we need to reach out to a Wise Mentor or Coach to plug the gaps. We can receive help from wise teachers, and, in turn, help others as we progress.
So the cards revealed the Wakeup Call and your preparation for your own Truth and a return to acknowledging your own spirituality.
Present Card: Queen of Wands
The Queen is a Court Card. The court cards show us certain ways of being in the world so that we can use (or avoid!) those styles when appropriate. A Queen is mature and feminine. She embodies the qualities of her suit, rather than acting them out. Her focus is inward, and her style, relaxed and natural. A Queen is less concerned with results than with the enjoyment of just being in the world. She is associated with feelings, relationships and self-expression.
Wands are the suit of creativity, action and movement. They are associated with such qualities as enthusiasm, adventure, risk-taking and confidence. This suit corresponds to the yang, or masculine principle, and is associated with the element Fire. This energy flows outward and generates passionate involvement.
The Queen of Wands symbolizes the qualities of being attractive, enthusiastic, energetic and self-assured. The Queen has faith in her abilities.
When we stay in touch with our spirituality and have sifted and distilled our knowledge during the Hermit stage, we will find lots of friends and rainmakers for our business. We will attract all that we need to make up for those skills that we might yet need to learn. Nothing will get you down and you’ll always be able to find the positive in the situation. Your faith in your abilities will be validated and reinforced. You can accomplish anything that you set out to do.
My question to you – do you feel the way the Queen of Wands does? Do you believe in yourself? What’s really stopping you from stepping out in confidence?
What you can do to create change in the Present
If you are in touch with your spirituality, then conducting your business with the grace and élan of the Queen of Wands is possible.
If you’ve lost your way from the time that you left the Hermit stage to the present having gotten so enmeshed in running a business that you’ve forgotten why you created your business in the first place then it’s time to return to basics and allow your true self to emerge and take you forward.
There are many practices that you can do depending upon your nature, disposition and what appeals to you. Here are some that I personally recommend.
Firstly, remember that the work that you set out to do is sacred and does make a difference provided you stay on track. Whenever I feel I am losing track of what I started out to do, I remember The Law of “Dharma” or Purpose in Life, eloquently captured in Deepak Chopra’s book The Seven Laws of Spiritual Practice.
THE LAW OF “DHARMA” OR PURPOSE IN LIFE
Everyone has a purpose in life . . . a unique
gift or special talent to give to others.
And when we blend this unique talent with service
to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation
of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.
There are 2 activities that I recommend for immediate action.
First, return to the Hermit State and trace back the point at which you stopped being the Queen of Wands who knew what actions she wanted to take and went about it in a self-assured manner before being hit by Shiny Object Syndrome or went into a learning new skills stage and forgot that she has to also apply her learning so she could move forward in bringing her Dream to life.
While in the Hermit State, start making a list of all your unique talents – the ones that you brought with you when you were in a job, the inherent talents and the learned skills and assess what else is really required.
It might surprise you to learn that you know more than you think you do. Any gap that you find is either not that catastrophic or is one where you can outsource the work so that you focus on what is really important. If it can’t be outsourced, then find the right teacher or course to show you how to do it. Look for recommendations within your circle of friends, colleagues and social network groups. There aren’t problems, only solutions!
The second one is a personal favorite that I’ve also seen in Doreen Virtue’s Angel Therapy Oracle cards relates to visualizing being of service to one’s clients and audience. My version means asking myself every morning, “How can I serve?” and “How can I help?” When the morning is set with the intention to be of service and with a genuine compassion, things fall in place as I work in my business.
If you feel you need to work on your mindset and do some inner work to become the Queen of Wands, then these posts are useful. (The titles will open to a new page on your browser)
And if the going feels tough, then here’s a Self-help tip for Happiness
Future Card: Ace of Pentacles
The future card in a 3 card spread indicates what your future will look like if you follow the guidance in the Present card.
An Ace announces the themes of its suit. An Ace is the standard-bearer for the best that its suit has to offer and always represents positive forces.
Pentacles are also referred to Coins and reflect trade – an exchange of goods and services in the real world. The Pentacles are the suit of practicality, security and material concerns. They are associated with the element Earth and working with matter.
When you bring your spirituality into your daily business practice and conduct your work with the grace of the Queen of Wands, then it stands to reason that your future is reflected with the Ace of Pentacles, which symbolizes possibility of achieving concrete results, having a real world impact, goal achievement, prosperity, abundance and having a system that works to support you.
When the Ace of Pentacles appears in a reading, it means that you will be able to make your dreams come true. So take those actions that will take your business forward and create tangible results. What it also means is that the time for daydreaming is over and now is the time to build a strong foundation for the future. What better way than to realign with your spirituality and experience success in the absolute sense of the word?
Parting Words on Spirituality for your Business
In this somewhat lengthy post that has been written from my heart, I have attempted to create a business case for embracing your spirituality in your business starting right from your Vision Statement, practices that you can take immediately and topped it with guidance for your Inner Self using my tarot cards with activities that I myself do to keep spirituality in my business (you can read more about the philosophy behind Karmic Ally Coaching here)
If I have been able to inspire you to take action to bring your core essence to your business, then I have been of service.
How does your business reflect your spirituality? Or do you see your business as part of your spiritual practice? I’d love to read about it in the comments box below.
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