Enhance Your Intentions

No matter what your intentions are for 2012, I have one suggestion to add to your list, so you may step more fully into a Fertile Business (which includes a joyful day to day life too).

Make 2012 the year of moving from what you know in your mind, what you know intellectually, to drawing that knowledge deep within you and living from it, rather than just thinking about it.

We all carry so much knowledge within our heads. Yet, when we want something different in our lives, we seek out new knowledge instead of deepening into what we already know.

In order to do this, there may be a little ‘clean-up’ work to do:

  • Releasing old beliefs that have kept you from stepping fully into what you know in your heart and soul to be true.
  • Committing to making a choice about how you want to feel over and over again.
  • Being willing to write a new story for yourself — past and present.
  • Committing to being gentle with yourself.
  • Trusting in your own divinity.

What is one piece of knowledge, one piece of Truth, you know intellectually that you are ready to step into fully and completely, right now?

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

Is Your Windshield in Your Floorboard?

Are you someone who loves driving? I do. Okay, to be more honest, I love being a passenger on a road trip — especially at night. There is something about being cocooned in darkness, feeling the absolute freedom of speed and movement.

Perhaps this is why the latest analogy from Abraham-Hicks spoke so strongly to me (and I paraphrase):

“The next time you get a new car, make sure to tell them to rip the windshield out from the front of your car. Instead, ask them to put it in the floorboard. After all, you spend more time in your life paying attention to where you are than where you are going.”

Where is the “windshield” focused in your day-to-day life and business?

Are you more caught up in the details of today or expectation of what is coming? Your ‘story’ or your dreams? Your commitment to your vision or trying to live to other people’s standards and visions for you?

What I love about this analogy is that it creates an immediate picture of where you are in relationship to what you want to manifest.

Since I heard this analogy, when negative or difficult emotions come up, I simply ask myself, “where’s your windshield” and almost immediately I am able to change my focus, my emotions shift, and so does my vibration.

How about you? Where’s your windshield pointing right now?

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

A Consistent Mistake Heart Based Business Owners Make

For me, the definition of a successful business is one that satisfies you heart, mind, and soul. The work brings you joy. You impact the world with your gifts and your gifts are acknowledged. You are rewarded in many ways, not the least of which is financially. You have all the time you need. You continue to grow as a person and as a spiritual being, and you elevate your work and ability to bring your gifts to the world each time this happens.

Sound good?

In order to allow this kind of business and personal life to unfold, there is one central tenet you must follow: you must fully and completely allow yourself to be YOU. You must fully value the gifts you have to offer and how you wish to bring them to the world.

The Trap

What I see consistently with heart and spirit based business owners, however, is that they are very uncomfortable claiming full acceptance of their gifts and abilities. They seem to be constantly waiting for something external to prove the internal.

Waiting for the high paying clients. The unending flow of money. The big list. The big endorsement from a respected member of their community.

Energetically speaking, this is completely backwards.

How can you be magnetic to a flow of your perfect customers when you are waiting to claim the right to those perfect customers until they show up?

The Mistaken Belief

The mistaken belief that we heart based business owners continue to create from is that there is something wrong with claiming our divine gifts; that something bad will happen if you completely claim your gifts.

I believe this stems from a fear that stepping in and claiming these gifts will somehow turn you into an egotistical megalomaniac who cares about nothing but your own success. That by simply stepping fully into your light, you will cast a huge shadow that will end up hurting those you intended to help.

This mistaken belief is accidently imprinted into our unconscious in many different ways: religious traditions, judgment from people who see our brilliance as threatening (because it shows them where they have work to do), wanting to be liked, and many more.

The Truth

When you operate from full acceptance of your divine gifts, you are operating from your divine spark. In this place, it simply isn’t possible to turn into that egotistical megalomaniac.

When you are operating from your divine essence, you are not only holding yourself as sacred, but all whom you touch. In this sacred space, you only have connection. In this space, you are nothing but authentic and your clients can sense this immediately.

The Invitation

What can you release to allow yourself to more fully step into full acceptance of who you are? What can you release, right now to fully and completely love yourself?

The more you are able to step into this divine place, the more your ideal business will unfold around you.

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

Are These Your Objections Too?

Is it really worth investing your time and resources to clear out your old thoughts, patterns, experiences, and beliefs?

I’ve heard from many clients that even though they understood the concept, there were several basic thoughts that stood in the way of committing themselves to this kind of work — and now that they know differently, they wished they’d known sooner.

Here are the top three misconceptions about energy work and business:

I don’t have the time — I need to focus on activities that will bring money in NOW. I can finesse the beliefs later.

This is a little bit like saying, “I don’t have time to take the car into the shop. I know that ‘check engine light’ has been on for weeks, but I can push it a little longer.” And then something explodes in the engine and now you have no car for weeks along with a huge repair bill.

When you aren’t getting the results you want, it’s your body’s “check engine light” lighting up for you. Life is truly supposed to be joyful, and full of ease and flow. When it isn’t, something is keeping you out of alignment.

When you take the time to come back into alignment, everything flows so much more easily. The Universe is able to bring you the experiences that will provide the results you are looking for. Investing a short amount of time saves you loads of time in the future AND the time is much more joyful. Those spikes of fear, anxiety, and doubt simply disappear.

Playing around in these old memories and beliefs is just “Dumpster Diving.” I’ve moved on. Those experiences are in the past.

First, there is no “past” when it comes to memories and beliefs. They are literally woven into the fabric of your energy system. Any time you have something happen in the present that triggers the same type of emotions, it’s as if your body reaches in, pulls the lid off the old emotions and beliefs, and all of a sudden you are acting as if the past were the present. You may not realize that you’re doing it, but your energy system sure does.

Second, energy clearing is very specific. When I work with a client about a present moment issue, we look only at the experiences and beliefs that are keeping the energy out of alignment for that issue. We don’t just go digging around for the fun of it; the process is very specific.

I don’t want to feel like a victim. I gave that up a long time ago. I don’t want to go into the old story one more time.

Energy clearing is not like therapy. Energy clearing goes in and releases the old, so you can make room for the new. It’s not about blaming. It’s not about being a victim.

Getting back into alignment through energy clearing is a powerful choice. You are choosing to make new decisions. You are choosing to come into alignment with your new goals. You are making a very bold declaration to the Universe: I am ready for my new life. I am ready for my new business success. Bring it ON!

I’d love to help you use the power of energy clearing and re-alignment so you can more easily bring your gifts to the world. There are people waiting for you to more fully step into your gifts. Make it possible for them to receive what they need by first attending to what you need.

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

The Universe is Powerful, Wouldn’t You Agree?

So, why don’t we get what we want when we want it? Why does it seem like easy success, where results simply continue to roll in as we put ourselves out in the world, remains elusive?

We are Motivated by Fear

When clients first come to me, they generally come because they are looking to fix a problem: not enough cash flow in the business, a feeling of being completely stuck, no progress towards the big goal they want to achieve, business activities that aren’t matching with the lifestyle they want.

They are in pain and they want relief. Moving away from pain is a HUGE motivator. This is especially true for us humans; we’re hardwired this way.

In doing the work with clients, we work on releasing the fear, build in some new tools, results start coming in and they start feeling better.

Unfortunately, just like the many other humans on the planet, they stop the new practices they were using. Predictably, results stop flowing, fear sets in, and they go back to the new practices. Does this sound like a familiar pattern? I’ve certainly experienced this over and over — and I’m fairly conscious of the process.

The problem is that this creates very, very slow momentum. Imagine taking a driving trip and each time you see a mile marker showing you are moving towards that city, you stop the car. Sure, you could get there eventually, but what are the chances you’d get frustrated and give up the adventure?

Our Basic Biology is a Major Roadblock

Add to this story our basic biology: our systems don’t like change, even when it’s positive.

In terms of biology, change is dangerous, not safe.

So, when things start moving and shaking and we’re just getting started to get the results, all those old parts of ourselves will do anything to draw your attention away from the conscious goals you’ve set.

So what do you do? How do you break these patterns and step into forward momentum and real results?

Two steps will help ease you out of these repeating patterns, which slow down your success:

  1.  Create a very powerful vision. Add the element of vibration to the vision with emotions. Let this vision pull you forward. Let this vision be the motor that pulls you towards what you want. Let this vision communicate with the Universe so the Universe can begin sending you the experiences that will naturally allow your success to unfold easily and effortlessly.What this does is end the pattern and habit of reacting based only on fear. Reacting from fear only keeps the status quo alive; it doesn’t give you the results you want.
  2. Keep releasing the old parts that no longer match your new vision. I can’t stress this enough: you must stay in alignment with your vision. These old thoughts, patterns, experiences, and beliefs are hard to work against. But, you don’t have to work against them; energetically release them. Make it easier for yourself (and more joyful, peaceful, and loving).

The more you incorporate these steps into your daily actions, the more easily your results will unfold. Soon, you’ll be looking behind you to see who flipped that light switch.

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

Appearances Can be Deceiving

Isn’t it interesting when we look at individuals who are successful in their businesses and from the outside, it appears as if everything is going their way? Such an interesting phenomenon.

I know from talking with enough high level coaches, mentors, and healers who are willing to be authentic that the vast majority of the time this is just an appearance.

The truth is that running a business is messy. Messy emotionally. Messy in the specific details. The people who are most successful are the ones who know who to go to when the messiness is getting in the way of success.

But many of us who have the drive to bring our gifts to the world also come with the sense that we should just know how to do it, that we should be able to step up the plate and just go full steam ahead without any assistance from others. Somehow, there’s this part of ourselves that thinks we are somehow going to be “less than” if we admit to someone else we need assistance.

What kind of assistance am I talking about?

Well, there’s help with learning business principles. This seems to be a little easier to ask for, as it is tangible and understandable that if you haven’t run a business that you wouldn’t know those kinds of details.

More commonly, it’s the help keeping ourselves out of our own way that seems to be the part we don’t give ourselves the luxury of receiving.

I’m giving you permission right now to ask for help. I’m giving you permission right now to create the village you need to build your success. That village may look like bringing on a Virtual Assistant, a bookkeeper, a CPA, a sales associate, a partner.

However, if you only look to external assistance, you are leaving your village without a vital resource — kind of like building an actual village where there is no water source. You must bring into your village someone who will assist you with the emotional messiness too, someone who will help you past the fears, past the procrastination, past the voice of your inner critic.

Just as you wouldn’t visit the village blacksmith on a daily basis, this resource doesn’t always have to be engaged, but you need to take it into account. You must give yourself permission to have this kind of a person on your team. Your success and your happiness as you reach that success depends on it.

It is as life giving to your business as that water source is to an ancient village. Perhaps this sounds a bit self-serving, as I am someone whom you could consider as a resource. At the same time, it is my duty to my gifts and knowledge to share what I know. Over the years, I have talked with so many business owners who tell me, “I just need to break through the fear,” while feeling like unless they do it themselves, it doesn’t “count.” Or that investing in those kinds of resources aren’t “good” kinds of expenditures.

Break through the appearances and past the part of you that believes you were supposed to do it alone. Dive deep into your passions, build your village, get yourself out of your own way, and bring your gifts to the world in a HUGE way.

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

Witnessing the Birth of a Negative Belief

A couple of seasons ago, I was at a soccer field watching my then 9-year-old play with her team. Sitting next to me was a mother who not only had a daughter on the field, but she also had an 8-year-old, 2-year-old, and an infant with her.

Being a mother of three children, I know we all have days when we’d win “Mother of the Year” and days when we would be the last person in the world to accept it that day. So what I am going to say next doesn’t come from a place of judgment, but more from a place of observation.

The two year old kept wandering away. “GET OVER HERE,” mom would yell, “I have a game to watch.” Then when that didn’t work (after the third or fourth time) she would stalk over to the little girl and drag her back.

After this happened a couple of times, the next time she dragged the girl back she sat her down hard and said to her, “Why don’t you ever do what you are told? You KNOW better. How STUPID are you? Grow up and do what you’re told. You better start listening up.” And on and on. After the screaming stopped, the little girl sat and didn’t move while Mom watched the last half hour of the game without saying anything to her.

First and foremost, my heart hurt for this little girl. I offered multiple times to hold the baby, so the Mom could pay more attention, but she’d just give me a cheery, “Oh, I’m just fine!”

But what I really became aware of was that not only was the little girl receiving all these harsh words, but the infant on her lap was soaking it all in too.

As someone who helps adults heal their underlying beliefs, it struck me how ingrained our patterns are. Here was a seven month old and a two year old soaking in all their Mother’s words and making decisions based on them.

Now, I can’t know for sure, but some of those decisions might be:

I better do what’s right, or I’ll get yelled at or punished.
There’s a right way and a wrong way to be.
I’m a bad person.
I can’t ever do anything right.
In order to get attention I have to be perfect.
People in my life are unpredictable; I better walk around on eggshells to keep them happy.
I’m not worthy of someone paying attention to me.

These are the exact same beliefs that end up being roadblocks to life in general and business specifically, later on. Imagine trying to step out into new skills with your business with the belief, “I can’t ever do anything right” running in your subconscious.

If you find yourself stumbling over the same issue time and time again, have some compassion for yourself. The roots of these old beliefs, habits, and patterns can run very deep. Not only do you have your own experiences, but our cells carry the DNA of our extended family and some of the stuff that we carry wasn’t even ours to begin with. Each time we are wounded, a part of ourselves becomes rooted within our system, at that age, continuing to experience the wounding.

This is exactly why energy work is such an important component to moving forward.

By working at the level of the energy system and the subconscious mind, we can heal all these old pieces without having to know exactly how they started. We can also heal the younger versions of ourselves, heal their wounds, and help them see what they couldn’t see as a young child.

By doing all of this, you free yourself from the old, old patterns that unconsciously continue to run the show of your life.

I watch so many business owners struggle unnecessarily against these ingrained patterns; running a business can be SO much easier. Aren’t you finally ready for it to be easy?

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

The & # @ ! Will Hit the Fan and That’s Okay

Have you heard people refer to the “breakdown before the breakthrough”: that place of intense discomfort (and sometimes just plain old fear and despair) before reaching a new level of personal or business development?

But, what creates the breakdown?

Before the breakdown, there’s another step first: making a decision to leap forward. To take that next step in your business: writing that book, becoming a speaker, setting up a brand new healing practice, creating that new product.

When the decision first is made, wow, life feels really amazing and energizing.

And then all the parts of you that are more comfortable in the old way of life (yes, even if the old way of life is full of lack) start screaming and trying to sabotage all the action you are taking towards the new exciting step.

Sabotage can look like procrastination, family emergencies, relationship trouble, illness, accidents, unexpected expenses, technology breakdowns, indecision, other people telling you your ideas don’t have merit, and many, many, more.

If you don’t know what to do to get those objecting parts in alignment with your vision, they win, and you end up staying stuck and not making any forward progress.

Here’s another analogy: Picture placing a great big cooking pot over a blazing open fire and then walking away.

At first, the fire warms the water. Then it begins to softly boil. Then it becomes a rolling boil. Without any attention from you, it boils over and the fire goes out.

Making the decision about what you want lights a fire in your energy system and starts the energy flowing. The Universe listens and begins to send you all kinds of experiences that match this new vibrational reality you’ve created.

The conscious part of you that asked for these changes is ecstatic.

The unconscious parts of you that hold onto your old stories and beliefs start to panic. They start softly and eventually begin yelling. Those vibrations also reach the Universe and the Universe listens and begins to send experiences to match these vibrations.

This is the breakdown. The water reaching its boiling point. The proverbial &#$! hitting the fan.

If you pay more attention to the experiences sent from the old parts, their fear and worry continue to grow and eventually overwhelm and put out, so to speak, the vibration of the new energy.

When this comes up, recognize it for what it is. See the pain, the fear, or the discomfort as a sign you are on the right track, you are creating the necessary energy to fuel your vision.

Get curious about the sabotage, about what old beliefs are being revealed to you. Clear those old beliefs, stay in alignment with the vibration of the new vision, and you will take a huge leap forward in your business.

Sometimes you can do this on your own. Sometimes you need a partner. If you are tired of consistently starting the fire and asking for your business to leap forward, but somehow the fire always goes out before you can reap the rewards, connect with me. I’d love to help you put your gifts out into the world in a much bigger way.

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

Ready for the Next Business Level?

We’re really good at pushing and striving. The problem is when we do this, we shut out the insight and wisdom we each hold. We end up working harder than we have to with more stress and less enjoyment. Today, I offer the following meditation to help allow your decisions to unfold rather than have to push hard and guess.

You can either listen here, or read the text below and follow along.

Meditation

Close your eyes and bring to your mind an image of the most sacred place you can imagine.

Take a few moments to get familiar here — notice the colors, the textures, the sounds, the smells.

Notice how your body feels, as you get comfortable here.

As you are supported in this space, imagine you can feel of the have-tos, need-to-do’s, and goals where they reside in your mind and throughout your body.

Notice how your body feels as you start to focus on these tasks and requirements.

Notice their weight. Their insistence. The amount of mental energy going to these. Really pay attention to them. What happens to your ability to feel the sacred place around you? What would your first step be to complete all these requirements? Is it clear?

And now, allow your focus to come back to your sacred place and take a deep breath in.

As this breath fills your body, it loosens the ties that these have-tos, need-to-do’s, and goals from your body. They simply begin to lift away from your body.

Feel the space, the freedom, the quiet in your body. Notice the calm in your mind. The flow of your breath. The openness of your heart. Feel the energy of this sacred place pouring into you.

From this full-to-the-brim feeling place, gently ask yourself the question: what is my first step.

Take a breath and let the answer come.

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

The Secret to Getting to the Next Level of Your Business

Heart-based, spirit-based, purpose and passion based businesses are all built around helping other people in one form or another. And, for the most part, these kinds of businesses (including my business) are built out of a problem that you had yourself.

The only way to help others is to help yourself first. You don’t have to be embarrassed that you aren’t “as far along” as you’d like. You also don’t have to be perfect in order to help someone else.

However, if you want to keep moving your business forward, you absolutely must continue to heal the core problem you help others with, within yourself. No matter what level of business success you have achieved, the more clarity you have yourself, the better you’ll be able to help others.

For example:

  • If you coach people to write books, you must continue to heal your ability to express yourself.
  • If you are an artist, you must continue to clear your connection to and expression of your creativity.
  • If you coach people to follow their passion, you must allow yourself to deeply connect to your passion and be more and more comfortable being who you are and living from your passion.
  • If you help people reach prosperity, you must more deeply heal your relationship to and understanding of prosperity.

The clearer you become, the more effective you are in the work that you are here on this planet to share and the more attractive you are to your ideal client. As a result, you business grows.

You can take as many courses, attend as many workshops, participate in as many high-level coaching programs as you have funds in the bank, but if you aren’t doing your inner work, your success simply isn’t going to happen.

To get to the next level of business, you must bring yourself into internal alignment with that level first.

The easiest way to do this is by transforming the old thoughts, beliefs, memories, and other energetic patterns that keep you stuck right in your current pattern. Gaining clarity and healing deeply may feel intimidating; but with the right coach, this kind of healing unfolds beautifully and you get to step into the next level of doing the work you love.

How does that sound?

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.