As a serial entrepreneur, I’ve always loved having the freedom to dictate and design my own life. And at the same time, I’ve often wished I had a boss to make some of those tough decisions and tell me what to do when I was feeling overwhelmed and clueless.
It was only in the past year or so that I hit on something that changed how I operated in business and took away some of those deep-seated fears.
I discovered a number of spiritual practices that have allowed me to tap into my higher self, and have brought me enlightenment in my business.
I’m by no means a spiritual master. In fact, I’ve barely dipped my toe in to the world of spiritual enlightenment. But what I can share is how I’ve applied my insights to my businesses, the awe-inspiring effects it has produced, and how you can do the same.
Trusting my intuition at first seemed completely ridiculous. Writing lists of pros and cons and spending hours upon hours on research and risk assessments was obviously the far more sensible choice. Until I ran out of time and patience.
I didn’t just learn to trust my intuition, I learned to trust myself—all of my selves, past, present, future, and parallel. Accessing my alternatives became easier as I became more practiced and committed to my meditation rituals.
Faster decision making and intuitive thought processes have rapidly increased my productivity levels, and outputs. Plus I now have more time to commit to learning and pursuing my spiritual path, and connection to my higher power. It’s a win win.
2. Kundalini yoga:
My discoveries came quite unexpectedly through Kundalini yoga. A quick Google search will show you the popularity of this practice amongst the very wealthy, successful, and famous. It has absolutely nothing to do with getting your ankles behind your ears (although I’m told this is very spiritually powerful), and everything to do with connecting to your higher power.
Through Kundalini, my interest in the benefits of meditation, numerology, astrology, and the psychic gift was sparked.
I can’t stand on my elbows, but I can sit on a pillow for 15 minutes and listen to my breath. I openly and expectantly ask for signs from my guides and, and draw comfort and inspiration from the manifestation of 11:11, multiple 2s, and horses (my spirit energy). Synchronicity has replaced coincidence; silver linings have replaced setbacks; curiosity emerges in place of frustration; humor in place of despair; self-reflection disturbs anxiety and love out shines fear.
My belief in the power of the universe has been supercharged by my connection to my higher self. Daily meditation has proved transformational for my business, in ways I can’t really explain. Initially it felt like a waste of time. But the real power came when I could slip into meditation to ask for specific guidance. When faced with business conundrums, conflicts, and challenges, I can now go to my pillow for almost immediate answers and solutions. The commitment to my spiritual self has offered me immeasurable reward and a return on my investment.
4. Conversation with self:
Through meditation came conversation with my alternative selves. Almost like picking up the phone to my past, future, and parallel selves, to ask what they would do, and how they would deal with whichever scenario I was faced with at the time. It’s interesting to hear so many different perspectives come from me. I’m not as narrow-minded as I once thought—it certainly beats the bias of searching for answers from family, friends, coaches, peers, and the world wide web.
We already have all the answers we need inside of us. We just have to tune in to listen. The answers don’t come in a string of words in the way we are used to receiving instructions. It’s more a feeling of just knowing, and having a really calming sense of security around your decision.
Beyond Kundalini, meditation, and talking to myself, there is an awareness of emotion which has proved an incredibly useful tool to steer my business in the direction of my goals.
5. Awareness, reacting, and self-control:
Over time, I’ve learned to act with love and positive intention, to hold an awareness of self in the face of potentially damaging situations, and to choose to not react. Rising above any undesirable scenario is a fast track to connecting to your higher power. They don’t call it "rising above" for nothing. You suddenly become the yogi master of your own spiritual empire. ]
In raising your own vibration, you impact your clients, employees, suppliers, and every one you interact with in a really positive way. It’s impossible to not get your own way, even when navigating the most difficult and awkward waters. Business begins to flow in an effortless, inspiring, and joyful way. Even the unexpected will bear beautiful results, because you hold everything in a positive light. There are no negatives when you can control your own emotions.
6. Trust, love, and surrender.
If I’ve created an environment in which negativity can’t grow, then I feel I’ve also done my bit to contribute, even in a small way, to a better world. I’m holding a positive space for everyone I connect with to become the best versions of themselves, and perhaps even connect with their own power. Holding a positive space means I have a highly driven and happy staff team, clients who just keep coming back for more, suppliers who can’t do enough to help me, and an income which supports me.
In choosing to explore this world of spiritual practices, I’ve awoken within me the most powerful tool I could ever gift to my business. And I’ve learned that the power, the inspiration, and the positive vibration come from within, which means it’s accessible to all of us.
Harriette Hale is a serial entrepreneur, singer/songwriter and a mindset and business coach for creative and spiritual entrepreneurs. Harriette graduated from London's City University and The Guildhall School of Music and runs a music agency, dance studios, record label and music academy.