We both know that the best ideas and opportunities come from being empty, being calm, having no thoughts or distractions, and being in perfect peace with yourself and the world around you. Add a pinch of curiosity and you have the perfect breeding ground for the opportunity. It will slip in and make your dreams come true.
But how to get there?
I want to tell you the story about the biggest opportunity I received. One that showed up when I was really desperate. It gave me the profound understanding that we are literally surrounded by opportunities all the time, we just need to overcome what’s keeping us from them.
OK, let’s do this.
I was working on a big project last year and I was so enthusiastic about it. I worked hard, day in and day out, mornings, evening and even weekends. I really put all my heart in it.
Everything was looking really good at the beginning but soon I began to realise that I was headed for a roller coaster. My circumstances were simply not what they needed to be. My Mom was losing her battle with Cancer and it was taking its toll. Much more than I realised.
So, my project didn’t turn out as I expected. There was a lot of money involved, of course.
I called a friend and she said something I will never forget.
She said: “Shanti, remember what Einstein said. Energy can never be destroyed. It always transforms in something else.”
She wanted me to open my eyes.
There is opportunity waiting for you… just around the corner.
But I had my blinders on. Very dangerous, as you can imagine. (Check your blinders while you are reading this.)
Then I heard my mentor chime in: “Don’t act if this very opportunity is the only one you have.”
OK, another hint in same direction.
But I still didn’t see anything. I was lost and desperate, I didn’t sleep, I was easily irritated, and I was hopelessly searching for the solution. I acted by more doing. Ugggh.
When I just could’nt fight anymore, I hit my edge. I couldn’t go for more will-power, masculine way of pushing through. I have used my fuel.
I felt like Jesus in the cross for a moment. Shall I give up? Or is there a deeper learning in it for me?
I wanted to find my money opportunity. I was doing a lot of manifesting exercises and they didn’t bring results … there must be a way out.
In that moment I was just flooded with emotions. There is Sun behind the clouds, but I can’t see it. I want my way ooooout!
“No shortcuts, baby. You need to F.E.E.L. your way out.”
I got it. I accepted it. I gathered my last energy and embarked on a F.E.E.L. journey.
I made myself available to feel. F means “make yourself available to feel” and this is always a crucial first step. If you have or haven’t heard it before, you know what a difference it makes when you truly decide.
The moment I made yourself available to feel, a whole new world opened in front of me. It was like my world widened and my present moment became so vast and broad. What it did was actually it helped me stop focusing on “doing” and focus on “being” instead.
What a relief!
When I sensed the being, I started to use my body. The first E of the F.E.E.L. stands for embody and your body is always your best ally when removing the obstacles to your dreams.
I found so many sensations when thinking of my failed project. I felt like a loser. I felt pain. I felt fear and despair. I felt restriction and anger. It felt unfair and I was so disappointed. All sorts of things, as you can see.
I had an excellent excuse and story all cooked up to circle round and round about how unfair the whole thing was. How my circumstances were not fair. I could’ve blamed and played the victim.
That would’ve been easier than to feel the pain.
But here is the crossroads. You can choose your story, to blame, and be a victim or you can go to the second E, express, and own and express what you feel.
After years of practice I was able to choose the latter. I knew I didn’t need to have a solution to my challenge yet to express what I feel.
I am lucky to have a family who can listen and I have also “trained” them not to take anything personally. I have told them that all I need is someone to witness in compassion and not someone to save me or take me out. Years of expressing what I need are paying off in moments like this.
Saying how you feel and crying out loud is so vulnerable. You admit you feel like a loser. You admit you are falling apart and actually, it feels like dying. Indeed, a part of you, that doesn’t serve you any longer, IS dying.
But the hard part lasts only few minutes … and then I was able to L, just let go.
I let go of the idea of how life should be and how the project SHOULD turn out. I let go of disappointment and I let go of an attachment to the success. I was able to feel my inner light despite to what “happened” to me.
Never try to go the light straight away. Though it is there, I assure you. It’s just you need to go through the clouds in order to see the light again. Doing so, the results are effortless, lasting and not just temporary, requiring willpower over and over again.
OMG. Now I was in that juicy empty place. I had released my project idea and there was nothing new. Yet.
But I didn’t have to wait long. A day or two later a friend sent me a note about a new investment opportunity. I always wanted to dive into investing wisely, but I had it planned “for some day in the future” so this came by a surprise and it added fresh mojo into my life. Learning about projects, startups, supporting new business ideas with your money and making money with it … yes, this is something I always wished for.
Diving into investing will also provide financial back up as I work on bringing F.E.E.L. into the world and make it accessible for everyone.
OMG. Universe, you have it all planned!
I just needed to open myself to something else that I hadn’t seen in my despair, and F.E.E.L. through my clouds so the sun could appear again.
More money than I made in my entire business year. F.E.E.L. widens your abundance container more than anything ever could!
I can only express gratitude now. And even deeper committment to spread the F.E.E.L. to you so you can meet your great opportunity.
So, now it’s your turn. Where are you stuck when it comes to your income level, even though you know, deep in your gut, that you deserve more?
Go and do what I did. I tell you, the Universe has it planned out for everyone!
Never forget, I totally trust and believe in your success!