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Tuesday’s Business-Diminish the Fear

Well isn’t this just ducky.  We had a potential melt down in the financial markets almost two weeks ago, then a marathon session to create a bail-out or rescue plan.  And what happened?  The plan failed in the House.

Certainly this is something that is of concern to anybody whether you own a business or not.  I did let out an audible gasp when I saw the headline on the failed bill.

But isn’t it ironic how in a moment of fear, the universe can show you that fear can be overcome…or at least put into perspective.

In my last Tuesday’s Business post, I discussed fear; the internal fear that keeps us from moving forward. I mentioned that YTD sales are down and that I am not participating in the fall Paradise City Arts Festival.  Certainly that is enough to make me feel a little depressed and fearful.  And yes, I did gasp when I read the headlines online.

But I also felt a sense of calm and here is why.

In the midst of all this craziness, I read a post by Christine Kane on how to stop the recession in its tracks.  In her post Christine reminds us that we can consciously choose to participate in the bad news or not.  In other words, we can get wrapped up in the drama or we can take a deep breath and not fixate on it.

Okay, I get that.  So I limit my reading of online news coverage and watch any news programs with a neutral attitude.  I call it information gathering.  And then I keep doing what I’ve been doing in the studio.

I remembered a comment SARK made on a recent Craftcast interview with Alison Lee.  She reminded us that we cannot deny our emotions.  Because when we work through our emotions, a shift can happen on the other side.

Okay, I’ll let myself feel scared for a while, understanding that in the big picture there isn’t much I can do.  What I can do, however, is think about what I can do to move my business along.

I was moved by recommendations of Molly Gordon whose presentation I just listened to on the SmARTist Telesummit.  Molly’s presentation was on the money dramas we find ourselves involved in and how to work through these situations to get back to the present.  The basis of Molly’s recommendations come from Byron Katie’s “The Work.”

The Work consists of identifying a stressful thought, asking four questions and turning the thought around.  The four questions are:

  • Is it true?
  • Can you absolutely know it is true?
  • How do you react when you think that thought?
  • Who would you be without that thought?

The turnarounds are reversals or opposite answers of the one you gave to the original thought.  For more information on Byron Katie’s The Work, visit The Work.

Ironically, the example provided in Molly’s presentation on how to apply The Work dealt with how businesses fare in a recession.  The stressful thought was “it is going to be harder to make a living.”  I’m going to take this same thought and apply it to my own situation and Byron Katie’s four questions.

Finally, I had a motivating conversation with Dayle Doroshow.  We were talking about how these slow periods are a great time to experiment, to work in a different medium, or to create work in a format other than what we typically create (jewelry, sculpture, miniatures, large format.)  You never know what ideas may emerge during this period of experimenting.

And what has happened during these two weeks while working through the fear?  Two small local art show opportunities have been presented to me and I received a significant wholesale order.  For each one I am grateful.

I hope some of the ideas and recommendations I’ve shared will help you diminish any fear you may be feeling during these fragile times.  I expect that I/we will still have fears, but not ones that will stop me/us.


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Its All About the Stuff: A New Earth Webcast Chapter 2

The webcast for A New Earth started delving into the ego this week.  Ouch; my brain hurts.  This is deep stuff and, admittedly, some may look at it and think What is this airy-fairy, meta-physical psycho-babble?

When you think about ego, what comes to mind?  A person who is “full” of him or herself?  Donald Trump?  Someone who is really confident?  A show-off?  Arrogance?  Aloofness?  A mansion with a Ferrari in the garage?

Whatever comes to mind are most likely labels; words used to describe someone or something.  And it is within these labels that we find ego.

Eckhart refers to all this as “self-talk;” that voice in our head that doesn’t like to shut up.  It is this self-talk that impairs our ability to relate to each other.  By labeling people and situations, by putting each other into mental boxes, we desensitize ourselves to the aliveness in each other.

Now naturally we all identify ourselves by labels, roles, opinions, nationality, race.  And this is certainly appropriate, has its place, and should be honored.  However, when we become lost in the world of labels, of conceptualization, that is when we let ego take over.  When we become so identified with these labels that we become defensive when our identity, our self-labels are questioned, we are living in ego.

The political season is a perfect example of this.

The ego creates a false sense of self based on labels, concepts, and things we identify with.  Think about advertisements in magazines and commercials on television.  It is more about selling an identity than a product.  When I harrumph at some ad, my husband always reminds me that I’m “not the target market.”  In essence, I don’t identify with the product being sold.

When we bring awareness to these old conditioned forms or behaviors, or ways of thinking, then they will drop away.  Is this easy?  No, not necessarily.  But when we increase our awareness, when we make note of these thoughts, when we bring ourselves into the present moment, then we can start to let go of ego.  And there we will find peace.

CHECK IT OUT: Christine Kane was interviewed by Alison Lee on Craftcast.  To listen go here.