I love Star Trek. As a child I used to wish I was on the starship Enterprise setting off on a five year journey into the unknown. I was ready to seek out new life, new planets, new experiences. That memory came back to me today during a mentoring session.
I was discussing someone’s plans for starting a new enterprise. They had done some business plans that were really helpful. But had perhaps lost sight of the overall mission for a moment or two. We talked about the issues running a spiritual business encounters. Not least that recurring debate about doing something for the greater good of all yet not feeling able to charge what might be appropriate. And that assumption that I know pops up frequently – the idea that everyone agrees on the direction the venture is supposed to be going in. I know it can be hard when I want to collaborate but also have to accept that I’m the leader in my business. Others may share my business but are the willing to take some of the risks too?
These questions often brings on a root chakra wobble. A business chakra wobble. Whatever the enterprise and no matter how able I might have felt at the beginning. My root chakra needs to feel it is going to get it’s basic needs met. So I have to check that my business is setting off from a firm and clearly understood foundation. Have I got all the paperwork in place? Does everyone understand the rules of conduct and what is expected? Am I ready to deal with people who might not agree with me about my business direction? Sorting out the business root chakra also involves being clear about the business identity and how the business will relate to customers or users. Because a root chakra wobble inevitably spreads upwards to sacral and solar plexus chakras if not dealt with.
That’s what reminded me of the Enterprise. There was clearly a captain who had a lot of willing support. Because everyone understood what they signed up for. Even when drama and disaster caught everyone unaware the starship sailed onwards. The captain and crew felt the wobble, took action and stuck to the purpose of the mission. So remember to tune in to your business chakras. It could save you a lot of time, effort and drama.
I’m back home and working through my emails and messages. It’s an interesting experience responding to requests for readings, healing energy and other work. Yesterday in my Letter From The Light Side I found myself talking about how I value myself. How we all value ourselves. And sometimes feel that we are valueless.
Another word for valueless is worthless. Cubic Zirconia gems are often considered valueless because they are man made. Whilst Diamonds can be priceless because they are Earth made. Synthetic versus naturally occurring if you like. That made me think about my experiences. I arrived on the planet so I am Earth made. A naturally occurring human being. But my life has shaped me in so many ways that I could be classed as ‘man made’. Is my life experience worthless then? Or is it a very valuable part of me? Sometimes it’s really hard to get a balanced view of that. Especially when I have to tell people what I charge for my services. This is not a new discovery for me. Or for the many, many people who work int he holistic and alternative therapies or practices.
Even setting up a business can attract a great deal of comment about ‘God give abilities’ being meant to be used for free. That’s what the Inspirers wanted me to recognise yesterday. My experience isn’t valueless. In fact I need to be very sure to include it in my calculations about my own worth. Instead of dismissing the many years of searching, questioning, trying and testing I need to own those things. I have arrived at this energy level because I have done a lot of things. And studied many more. I have also worked to refine my abilities so that they are active at the best level I can presently achieve. So it’s important not to believe that I am valueless. I have a value.
And I know that I add value to the lives of the people I help and support. Therefore I have to make a charge for my work. In order to honour what I can offer to others. This is true for everyone on the planet. We need a wider debate about the distortions money makes to our ideas of self value. In the meantime, until there is a better balance, I will continue to charge what my study and experience is worth. Is it time you did the same?