A few weeks ago I awoke to a feeling that something was off…
I got out of bed for my morning practice, and the curiosity grew stronger. What was going on inside of me felt important — not to be dismissed or ignored.
I grabbed my journal and allowed the information to flow through me. The feelings that came out on paper took me by surprise. I had been experiencing tremendous satisfaction in my work, my witnessing of its power, and my recognition of how truly power the work is for others. What my inner wisdom told me, however, was that I wasn’t feeling completely trusting of myself to communicate its power.
Waves of grief began to move through me as I allowed myself to be with what was presenting itself. A new layer, now on top, lifting itself to the surface for the sake of my desires. How could my desires for this work to benefit so many spread into fruition, if I, myself, could not communicate the power of this work and its benefits? My vision was showing me that there was something within me to release, so that I could.
I was scheduled to do a podcast in a few hours. The thought of showing up to attempt powerful communication about my work, when what I felt inside was a discombobulation of old wounds doing their part to heal, was uncomfortable. Forcing a layer of our expansion down while it’s trying to come up isn’t in my vocabulary. Nor is forcing change to happen before its ready.
After a brief email exchange, I discovered that the podcast host, who had been attempting to interview me for over a year, was headed off to Nepal the next day. Rescheduling did not feel like an option.
Creation speaks to me through dancing with it, and it was clear that the dance move of the day was to flow with the discomfort.
I made a choice not to actively work on clearing the discomfort before the podcast. However I would show up would be exactly as required — for the listeners, the host, myself. Because what is required isn’t always what we expect it to be.
Little did I know that Steven, the host of the podcast, was experiencing his own form of discomfort that day. Though I find myself perfectly normal, I’m also a mystery to many. I don’t do this on purpose — however I’ve learned to embrace showing up as a mystery, understanding that the work I hold reveals mysteries. It will give each and every person drawn to it exactly what they’re desiring — whether it’s through the mystery, or the revelation of its simplicity.
What I found during the interview was a mystery of a different kind. It was ease.
Ease, itself, has become an expanding partner in my life. Yet, the embracer-of-discomfort that I am, I was prepared for the discomfort to lead the way. I was ready for anything, and open to whatever the experience had to show me.
And yet, I realized, I’d become such a pro at sitting in discomfort, that ease was pretty much the only way to do anything any more. This doesn’t mean that my life is perfect — but that life has it’s own perfect ways of taking me to my desires. And that, in honoring that in all moments, life feels perfect.
In this interview I’m shifting. I’m changing. I’m expanding. And I’m releasing layers of my own not-enoughness.
And yet, it felt great. It was fun. It was easy.
Two people in their own versions of discomfort. Ease and flow resulting.
This, my friends, is what discomfort sounds like for me now.
My work teaches us to “love it all”. And I wish that for all of us.
In abounding love and joy,
As we were putting the finishing touches on “From Soul to Business: Love Letters & Lessons from Experts with Successful Businesses & Fulfilling Lives,” we felt something was off, that a piece of magic was missing. We soon discovered that the soul of Modern Day Sorcerer had something to say and was eager to speak directly to its participants.
The message below was channeled from MDS and it’s the first love letter included in From Soul to Business. We decided to share it with all of you, as well, because the energy felt powerful and pure and important for you to receive, regardless of whether or not you even have a business!
More than anything, this letter is an opportunity to anchor into the energy of what opportunities are unfolding in your life right now and an invitation to start dancing with your life in a new way.
We’re choosing to keep the language intact, so if you don’t have a business, we invite you to replace that language with whatever vocation, passion, opportunity, or purposeful work you’re called to do.
Here’s your special message from the soul of MDS:
Imagine walking up to someone on the street who appears to need your help, and jumping right in to help without asking any questions about what they actually need. That wouldn’t be true service – you’d just be imposing your intentions on them.
The same thing happens when we impose our intentions on the souls of our businesses: we stop being in true service to ourselves and our vision.
Business is an amazing dance. When we stop listening to the music, or when we keep trying to dance after the music stops or the rhythm changes, the dance ceases to be fun.
And business was never meant to be stripped of fun. It’s not intended to be a dry space where we force ourselves into exertion simply to make money or to be of service; it’s a party where you and your business and the people you serve get to dance til the sun comes up!
For most people, not learning to dance with the soul of the business itself is the missing key to what feels “off” in their business.
The soul of our business is intertwined with our own soul – it’s an intrinsic connection that exists regardless of what drove us to business in the first place.
Because these souls are intertwined, they lead each other and are equally invested in each other’s growth. It’s a reciprocal relationship, one that takes the visionary and the vision to the greatest depths and highest heights.
And while we are powerful creators and are meant to act as such, the souls of our businesses know who we are in ways that run far deeper. There is no need, then, to direct our business – there’s no need to push it forward or guide it blindly. When we learn to listen to it and dance with it, we get to become way more powerful than we ever conceived.
This dance is a choice.
We can choose to step into full alignment with our greatest potential – both the infinite version of ourselves that our businesses want us to become, and the fullness of our vision eager to come through in its highest form.
Or we can choose to continue with business as usual. There is nothing wrong with this – doing so will not necessarily stop us from making money or even from helping people. But it will put on hold the greater purpose brewing inside of us and that BIGNESS we’ve felt from a young age, the bigness we sometimes resist being open about because we’re afraid of sounding delusional. It leaves us with an emptiness inside that could be easily filled if only we would listen to, and learn to dance with, the soul of our business.
The soul of your business knows how to lift away the heaviness of the work you’re here to do for the planet. It knows how to guide you to the heights that look dizzying and the dreams that seems ridiculous but are actually more than possible when we’re truly aligned with our work.
This is why we at Team MDS listen when MDS itself speaks – this is how From Soul to Business came to exist in the first place.
There’s so much wisdom within the love letters (and videos and interviews and advice) included in this offering. That wisdom is inside of you and the soul of your business too, it’s simply choosing to come through in the words of other powerful beings and successful business owners who have been where you’re at and are eager to make your path easier.
Tomorrow, you’ll receive access to ALL of this content, and you’ll have a full week to play with it and incorporate it into your business and life. (Of course, if you’d love lifetime access to it, there’ll be an opportunity to get that before the week ends!)
There is one simple thing you can do to truly make the most of the magic available to you here. Tonight or tomorrow, before you dive into this juicy content, start to dance with the soul of your business in a new way. Turn on your favorite music and allow the soul of your business to speak to you through the words of the song or the beat of the music or a snippet of conversation outside your window or a voice you hear in your heart.
Find out where your business is ready to go and get ready to move in that direction with us as your guide. Share with us in our Soulful Brilliance Facebook group any questions or insights that come up for you after doing this. We’re so happy to support you!
You’re on a beautiful journey, and we honor you for showing up!
I did something today that I’ve taken countless tries at, but could never seem to get right. Something I’ve tried in three different countries, with various people, and with plenty of “tips” from experts that simply didn’t seem to work.
I did it for myself. I did it for my business. I did it for the well-being of the world.
I stood up surfing. Finally, I caught a wave and rode it in standing.
As fun as it was to ride that wave, the exhilaration in my body came even more from knowing why I caught that wave.
Often, the need to know “why” only stops us from surrendering, from letting things work their magic.
But today the “why” was where the growth was. I needed to see what had been stopping me from doing something that always felt like it was supposed to be easy, but never was.
So what was my secret to suddenly catching waves?
I slowed the f#@% down.
Truly. That’s all I did. My instructor (who, in my defense, was only the second “real” instructor I’ve ever had try to teach me) pointed out how quickly I was trying to stand up… and how much more time I had than I thought to get up on the wave.
In that moment, everything changed. It became simple. Easy.
But one minute before, it wasn’t easy. I was running on only three hours of sleep and extreme jet lag, on the second day of my moon cycle (a day I would normally devote to internal practices involving plenty of stillness).
One minute before, I had a story made up that today must not be the day and that the circumstances just weren’t right.
And then I caught myself. I stopped and asked myself what I really desired to create. And I mustered up the courage to supersede my exhaustion and move forward, letting mother ocean guide me. I even said to myself out loud, “Okay mama ocean. Let’s do this.”
Before I knew it, I was riding a wave — and realizing that mama ocean had been trying to guide me the entire time. I just hadn’t been willing to slow down for long enough to realize it.
Before that, I wanted to believe I was listening. I could feel the wave rise up beneath me, and would immediately pop up, expecting it to be the right time because I’d felt it.
But our feelings aren’t necessarily meant to be acted upon instantly.
Yes, our feelings are our truth. Yes, they are a perfectly messy and beautiful guidance system to everything we truly desire.
But we forget we have time to go from a state of feeling to a state of action, and so as a society we’ve learned to act instantly.
Scarcity, fear, worry, insecurity, doubt, mistrust… the list goes on.
We have so many reasons we perceive deep down that we must act now.
But what if we never needed to act until we felt ready?
What if every time a feeling came on, we were to allow ourselves time to ride that feeling out until it brings the inspiration we had been thinking we’d found when we jumped at it?
The inspiration we think we’re acting on when we act before it’s time is a false sense of creation.
We become so dependent upon believing our enoughness relies on our perceived accomplishments, that we don’t even stop to ask what the milestone for that accomplishment is.
In the scheme of things, done is not actually done if the desired result isn’t reached. But for our fears, our doubts, our scarcity, our worries, our insecurities, and our mistrust, the result is reached when the thing we think comes next gets checked off of the list.
But checking things off a list never promises results. It’s aligning them with the inspiration, the desires, and the feeling of the moment that does.
Mama ocean taught me today that even when I think I am already doing that, I can always benefit from waiting that extra moment to feel whether it’s the right time to act. She taught me that in that moment I’m waiting, I’m actually creating.
Our creations don’t actually come from the tangible. We create the tangible through connecting to the intangible. That’s the joy of creation — and where the fulfillment comes from.
If I asked you to sit down and create something tangible with an exact prototype in front of you, and all of the physical pieces already in hand, would it ultimately be as fulfilling as creating it from scratch? As going through the journey of inspiration, trial and error, and, ultimately, making something amazing out of what looked like nothing?
For me it wouldn’t. Not one bit.
My joy in creating comes in my increasing relationship to how much of the intangible I can take from my heart, my mind, my soul, and turn into the tangible in the physical reality of my life and the world around me.
For the sake of my creations, for the sake of fulfillment, and for the sake of the world, I’m choosing to pause and listen for that extra moment.
Will you choose the courage to do the same?
This is a blog I originally wrote for Purpose Fairy, one of my favorite blogs. Because it made so many people so happy over there, I thought it best to share with my readers over here. Happy reading 🙂
“You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!” ~ Eckhart Tolle
I’ve known since I was very young that I was destined for big things. I mean really. The first thing I knew I wanted to be when I grew up was the Easter Bunny. And I’m Jewish. Now as you cut through your giggles, here’s what I’m pretty sure I actually meant by that — I knew from very early on that societal constraints, “shoulds”, and rules didn’t really mean anything. I could be and do anything I wanted.
And then I found road blocks; or maybe just the speed bumps of life. I kept reaching for more, but encountered fear, doubt, challenging situations, and naysayers. Thankfully, I never stopped believing. I always knew it was possible to live into the vastness of my visions, and become as big as I wanted. It’s taken time to align the my beliefs with this truth inside of me so that I could live into my knowing, but it’s been worth it.
And I’m definitely not alone. This beautiful planet is crawling with those of us who want to make a difference; who know we are capable of anything. Some of us are there living it fully, some are in the midst of the dance of taking a few steps forward and a couple of steps back (hint: good old self sabotage; something I know well), and others are just beginning to wake up to the realization that this knowing has been inside of them all along, and it’s time to do something about it. But no matter where you are, fear not. Often it’s just the stuff we think gets in our way that’s actually supporting us in getting there! So, to prove it to you, I’ve compiled 8 signs that point out that likelihood that you’re probably meant for something bigger; and that you’re destined to get there.
1. You suck at working for other people.
You’re a born leader and you know it. Or maybe you don’t know it. But either way, you’re just NOT into doing things that aren’t catalyzing big change. You feel stuck working for others. You want freedom, flexibility, creativity, and expansion, and you just don’t feel you can fully achieve that while working for someone else. You know that your vision is worth something, and that getting to apply ALL of your gifts is the only way you’ll be fully satisfied.
2. You tend to put things off until you’re really inspired.
So you call yourself a procrastinator. There is such a thing as self sabotaging procrastination, but if you’re meant for something bigger (which, if you’re reading this, I have a sneaking suspicion you are), there will also be times when you believe you must get something done because that’s what you think is going to get you from point A to point B. But what if you actually thrive off of inspiration, versus obligation?You deserve to be able to evaluate which is true for you in each moment. Is fear holding you back from chipping away at your to-do list? Or is it because you’re lacking inspiration. If it’s the latter, trust that doing exactly what you’re inspired to do is leading you to where you need to be. Often that inspiration knows more than we do about what’s really possible.
3. As a kid you thought adults who wore suits and went off to work were crazy.
You’ve always known somewhere deep within you that there was more to life than living a cookie-cutter, safe, pragmatic lifestyle. You knew you could have a bigger impact on the world if you did it your way, and that your way would involve more freedom and flexibility than those crazy adult-types had. And now, whether you’ve fully achieved it yet or not, you know that that feeling you had as a kid is utterly true. You’ve witnessed and felt what it’s like to live just as much on purpose in your flip flops as you have your business suit.
4. You love what you do so much you’d do it for free.
Here’s the irony – you deserve to know your value, and the more you begin to charge your full value for the contribution you’re making to the world, the more value those you serve will actually receive. However, you know you’re on purpose and meant to do big things when you love what you do so much that while you’re doing it money is not even on your mind.
5. You’re an idealist. You see the world at its best, and will stop at nothing to get there.
When I was a kid I used to get called an “idealist” all the time. At first I thought it was a compliment. I’d think “yeah that’s right, it is possible for the world to be that loving and amazing”. Then, toward early adulthood I began to get triggered by the word, as if people were saying that I couldn’t actually achieve that; that the world wasn’t actually supposed to be the amazing place I knew it could be. Now, I could care less what people think or call me. My name is Jordanna, and I am an idealist. By living in my own little world of my vision and my creations, my personal world often actually appears as “ideal” as I know one day the entire world can be. So really, who cares what’s true and what’s not if I’m having fun and serving others while doing it? Being an idealist doesn’t make you crazy, it makes you a creator.
6. You can’t always say how you know things, but sometimes you just “know”.
Visionaries don’t usually get their visions from what’s outside of them or from what the world tells them they should create. They get their visions from an internal drive to create what feels right for them. That “knowing” of what they need to create goes hand in hand with a knowing of all sorts of things. Call it intuition, call it gut feeling, call it spidey senses. If you are meant for something bigger in this world, that knowing will keep speaking up and asking you for what it wants. So really, creating big things is not an option when it’s your destiny. At least, that’s what I’m pretty sure your spidey senses would tell you.
7. You feel things. Big time.
Most of the clients I work with you are meant for big things in the world tend to feel pretty deeply. You may not have been taught that it’s okay to feel. You may have been taught, in fact, that your feelings will get in the way of being awesome. Well, let’s reframe that. Sometimes our feelings are our TRUTH. Your ability to be big, and contribute to the world in a huge way is dependent upon your truth. So allow your feelings to show up, and to guide you to where you need to be. Your creations depend upon it.
8. You’re more frustrated by having too many ideas than you are by not having any at all.
You tend to get inspired easily. In fact, the more awesome your life becomes, the more inspired YOU become. But sometimes it’s a bit of a conundrum. You know you’re meant to create big things, but if you’re not careful you can allow yourself to get stopped up by ALL of the things you want to create, without actually getting anything done. Don’t let this get to you. Be grateful that you’re so full of awesome ideas. If you’re not sure where to start or what to focus on, call upon some support. But don’t let your plethora of visions within your vision get in the way.
“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” ~ William Shakespeare
And here’s the caveat, I actually believe that we’re all meant for big things if we allow ourselves to listen to the stirring of our soul. When we let go of “perfect timing”, and recognize that “too late” does not exist, it becomes easier to allow that stirring to become a rising up of awesome. I’ve coached 13 year olds and 70+ year olds into living their visions. If they can do it, so can you.
What other signs have you seen show up in your life that are calling you to something bigger? Share your insights by joining the conversation in the comment section below 🙂