Posts Tagged ‘Connection



08
Mar
10

Infatuate Your Customers

Everyone has some experience of infatuation and the changes it brings. It takes you beyond the mundane, rising you above ordinary concerns –everything appears new as old boundaries are released. Two worlds become apparent; both immanent and transcendent. The immanent world is the ordinary world, apparent to our senses –material, changing, subject to time. The transcendent world is beyond material –eternal and timeless. Infatuation can be the gateway to transcendent reality and our access to extraordinary awareness.

Learning how to be in love all of the time with ourselves and our customers (including alliances) allows for the quality of awareness accessible thru infatuation. This deep awareness allows you to pierce the mask of appearance and separateness, view from the heart, and unconditionally give to your customers.

An unconditional way of business is the opposite of a conditional or depending way. Conditional business is a usual way to do business –I give you this, you give me that –because you need me, you depend on me, and I need you, so I depend on you. Unconditionally buying yourself first reminds you that the truth is you need nothing else but yourself. If you need nothing other than yourself, this is true of your customers as well. This means that nothing other than profound mutual benefit is worth offering. It takes a great deal of discipline, foresight, and trust to unconditionally serve customers, but it does come together –just ask Google.

Relating to your customers unconditionally –always looking for the extraordinary in the the ordinary –allows you to access your own extraordinariness, deliver profoundly, and fulfill deeply. Operating from a place of customized infatuation with every transaction of your business opens channels for the next right action.

Look deep, see within. As you look you will be able to see what your customers are searching for …then deliver the miracle …creating mutual infatuation and ultimately evolving your love-power as well as theirs.

Reference: Deepak Chopra, Kama Sutra: Including the Seven Spiritual Laws of Love. London: Virgin Books Ltd., 2006.

Read more about how to infatuate your customers in the eBook Becoming a Source of Good

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12
Jan
10

Lean your graceful plan towards spirit

Look what can happen when you lean your graceful plan towards spirit, look at all that amorous light you can catch which will illuminate your customers and loose your soul.

Imagine your business as a garden that Spirit steps into. When you plant the seeds, whether it is the germination of an idea or the strategic evolution of an existing business, Spirit is immediately with you enjoying your creation.  Lean your graceful plan towards Spirit and watch the light on your garden increase and sparkle.

The most important reason to create or evolve a business plan is to design a tangible framework in which you are free to co-create with spirit.  Between your eye and your plan Spirit stands waiting.

5 reasons to have a Business Plan:

1 – To design a tangible framework in which you invite spirit to co-create with you.

2 – To encourage you to ask yourself and others the right questions –right questions include hard questions.

3 – To serve as a guide for the lifetime of your business by providing guideposts and tools to analyze growth, as well as exit points.

4 – To communicate to others who may want to participate with you (as investors, lenders, partners, etc.) what your business is about and where it is going.

5 – To allow you to be in the “now” of the day-to-day tending of the business of your business.

Whether your plan is 5 hand-written pages or a leather bound 100 page document, without it your business can be rudderless and invisible in terms of impact; day-to-day activities will be randomly reactive. Think of your Business Plan as an invitation to Spirit to co-create, guide, play and….shine on you.

Photo: Color Shaman : Shekhinahshaman

Read more about how to lean your graceful plan towards spirit in the eBook Becoming a Source of Good 

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30
Dec
09

Six Spiritual Reasons Why Twitter is Good Business

A while ago a friend of mine turned me on to a post by Frederic Brussat of Spirituality & Practice outlining 25 Reasons Why Twitter is Spiritual. I took several of Brussat’s reasons that I thought particularly resonated to business, added a few of my own, plus some from Stephen Dinan’s seven-point argument for The Spiritual Importance of Twitter –which one resonates the most with you?

How Does Spirituality, Twitter, and a War to Make Money Go Together?

08
Oct
09

Love is the Bottom-Line

IMG00243This week has seen a rally on Wall Street ~ bottom lines and company outlooks are improving as costs are cut and jobs are lost  ~ those who hold shares in public companies are seeing an increase in their wealth …..on paper for most.  We are shaking off the collective madness that it takes to whole heartedly accept that this is good for all without looking deeper and more attentively.  The fundamental frameworks by which we relate to each other and the world is being recreated. We are awakening to our deep interconnection and interdependence with each other and all living things.

Business is a far-reaching, powerful vehicle through which to apply conscious practices based on basic tenants that we are all connected and that our well-being is the well-being of all.  Principles that focus attention on love as the ultimate bottom line assist in the conscious awakening and rebirth of “business-as-usual” and can decrease the likelihood of decisions made purely by metrics:

Love is the Bottom-Line Principles

  1. Business is a vehicle thru which to manifest our creative dreams.
  2. We are ourselves creations.  And we, in turn, are meant to design new creations.
  3. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source.  As we move towards our dreams we move towards our divinity.
  4. The ability to create is a gift to us.  Using our ability is our gift back.
  5. As we open our creative channel, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected.
  6. It is safe to open ourselves up and give attention to greater creations and possibilities.
  7. As we open ourselves, we are present to deep interconnection and interdependence with each other and all living things.
  8. We understand that our well-being is the well-being and joy of everyone.
  9. Actions to be taken and transactions to be made are by-products of our focus on joy and sacred connection.
  10. Our day-to-day experience of business is the experience of the ecstasy of love.
  11. Sources Love’s Guide to Business


12
Sep
09

Shaman Media Revolution

“The lamps are different, but the light is the same.” ~Rumi


A great blog post by Rick DiBiaso (formally the Affluent Artist) on the book Socialnomics, by Eric Qualman inspired me to consider social media as a strong thread that is weaving Business & Spirituality together.

 

Did you know that the Social Media Revolution is the largest revolution since the Industrial Revolution?  The democratization of media led by blogs, Facebook, and Twitter has leveled and expanded the marketplace playing field.  Big advertising budgets no longer rule the world.  Real people, connected across the globe as never before, control the conversation in real time.


From a Shaman’s point of view, being real (authentic, unveiled) and connected are fundamental spiritual practices. Shamans show us that what we experience as our separate self is illusionary – they teach us to give birth to a truer sense of who we are and to recognize our connection to all things.  The current media revolution is all about experiencing connectivity and demonstrating authenticity.


Referring back to Rick DiBiasio‘s post, the main message I got is that if you are trying to build a business, any business – forget Email blasts, forget web sites, forget banner ads – you don’t need an ad campaign.  You not only can, but must, use social media to find your customers and give them what they want  ——- AFTER they get to know you through social media — THEN pay really close attention to how you treat them.

Being real and authentically connected matters – social media forces us to practice being in the NOW and to profoundly pay attention.  Being cognizant of the power of social media to make or break you in real time should be an ongoing practice – a dissatisfied customer can negatively saturate your market fast —–on the flip-side well-networked “fans” can exponentially increase sales. The more we understand our connection to all things (our authentic selves, to each other, to nature) and how our actions immediately generate impact, the truer and brighter we will shine in the marketplace.

Here is an entertaining video on the Social Media Revolution~ the facts may astound you:

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28
Aug
09

We are all Shamans Sharing Sacred Space

In order to heal, Shamans routinely permeate boundaries; boundaries of mind and body, boundaries of consciousness and sub-consciousness, boundaries of space and time, boundaries between people and circumstances, between humans and nature, and between matter and spirit. Lifting the veil of boundaries (filters) is not always pleasant and can be disturbing, but ultimately Shamans show us that what we experience as our separate self is illusionary – they teach us to give birth to a truer sense of who we are and to recognize our connection to all things.

On the world stage, we are going through a collective shamanic healing process, a genuine death/rebirth experience. As Paul Levy, writes “our species and its civilization are currently in the throes of a collective nervous breakdown. If what we as a species, are doing to ourselves (destroying the biosphere, the very life-support system of the planet, to use one example) isn’t collective madness, then what in the world is? Our underlying institutionalized and incorporated structures that are helping to keep us asleep are breaking down and coming apart. The false, illusory separate self, which experiences ourselves as alien from one another is dying as is the fundamental framework by which we relate to each other and the world. As we recreate ourselves we awaken to our deep interconnection and interdependence with each other and all living beings.”

Interconnection and interdependence awakening are transcendent boundary breakers. Recreating ourselves and redesigning frameworks from this expanded space is incredibly exciting…..and challenging. Relying on our innate Shamanic abilities such as listening and touching deeply, exchanging healing energies, and relying on intuition will assist us in meeting the challenge. As our awakening evolves, we become aware of a curious familiarity with ancient practices ……and come to recognize that we are all Shamans sharing sacred boundless space.

Seven Practices

We are the Sun ~ Rumi

27
Jul
09

Five Keys to Measuring Productivity

I wrote an article about this topic several (and I do mean several) years ago published in the Houston Business Journal.  Here are the original Five Keys:

  1. Keep it Balanced – Incorporate both leading measures that drive performance and lagging measures that are outcome, or results-oriented.
  2. Know the Organization – Align productivity objectives with the mission and strategy of the organization.
  3. Establish Credibility – Make sure there is buy-in and keep it simple.
  4. Ensure Integrity – Use measures to track progress against goals or targets, not to create competition among teams, business units or individuals.
  5. Share Results  – Establish who will receive what results when.

The context in which the keys were originally designed — “productivity is an expectation that employees produce output that gives rise to, and forwards, company goals” could be altered to “productivity is the innate ability of every individual to express, produce or give rise to” — period.  From a Shaman’s point-of-view it could be said that the only reason we do anything is to express and connect with other people.  It could be said that business is really a construct for people to do that – express and connect – and only that. From this context, the Five Keys to Measuring Productivity would be:

  1. Keep it Un-Balanced – Incorporate both leading measures that drive performance and lagging measures that are outcome, or results-oriented.  Focus on the leading measure – have more leading measures than lagging, include measures that express expression.  Allow individuals to design their own leading and lagging measures – incorporate them.
  2. Know the Organization / Individual Connection – Align productivity objectives with the mission and strategy of the organization.  Include the mission, vision, and values of individuals involved in the organization.
  3. Nurture Credibility –  Credibility should be nurtured, never established.  Make sure the company keeps it’s word. Make sure there is buy-in to productivity measures, that people are aligned and inspired, and keep it simple.
  4. Ensure Integrity – Don’t have a whole lot of goals or targets, and never design measures that encourage a breach of an individuals ethics, or pit them against one another.
  5. Share the Good and the Bad Results  – Establish who will receive what results when e.g. everyone whenever they want them.

Measures are important…..they set the edges of the garden in which a business can grow.  Measures should never, however, rule us and they should above all, support every individual to view and expand their expression and connection – ultimately creating a profitable bottom-line that everyone can feel good about.

View the original article published under my non-pen name, Brenda Rarey, as “Get all employees on board when dealing with productivity issues” Houston Business Journal






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