Feeling Vulnerable?

As I was in meditation last week, I talked with my Soul team about the changes I’ve been noticing within myself. I’ve been noticing I’m finding it easier and easier to put myself, and my ideas, out into the world. But, even with the greater ease, there is still a period of time of vulnerability.

As I brought the topic up, the image they gave me was that of a crab. As a crab grows, she sheds the shell that has been her home and a new, roomier shell begins to harden. While the process is relatively fast, considering all that is going on, there are still several days while the outer shell is still soft and vulnerable.

As humans, we go through the same process of growth and expansion. Instead of shedding a hard protective skeleton, we shed old thoughts, old ways of seeing the world, and allow ourselves to grow into a more expanded version of ourselves.

Nothing speeds up this growth and expansion as running a business based on our gifts and talents. In fact running a purpose based business forces the growth and expansion like nothing else I’ve experienced. You HAVE to keep expanding or your business goes nowhere.

As much as we all want expanded businesses, the personal expansion isn’t always comfortable. As much as we all say we want the personal expansion, the time between shells, between belief structures, can be scary.

After all, even if the transfer is quick, there is that space of time where our underlying “skin” is exposed. That beautifully soft pink new born, vulnerable skin of the new “us” meets the air for the first time and it’s there for all the world to see.

What my team shared with me is those who are most successful have mastered the art of growing and changing their shells because they know they are safe in that transition. They know they are safe in transition because they understand at a deep level who they are.

In other words, they know their Inner Capital™: their Truths, their purpose, the truths of the Universe, their connection with Source, their inherent safety. These truths make the process of expansion less vulnerable and therefore, they are more willing to allow the process to unfold.

I’m still working with the depth of this message from Soul; amazing what rich information comes through when you open and allow the flow. If you are ready to allow a much roomier shell and the resulting expanded business, I invite you to take some quiet time to connect with the Divine, with your Soul team, and ask, “What do I get to release to have a more complete understanding of my own Inner Capital?”

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 You “Diss-ing” Money?

What is your favorite form of abundance or prosperity?

Not the form of abundance or prosperity you NEED, but the one that is your absolute most favorite?

For me, it’s the full sense of abundance I feel when I am sitting around the dinner table with my husband and three kids. My oldest will go off to college next year and so I am soaking up the abundance of love and laughter with her every second I can.

Family is my absolute favorite form of prosperity. We all have our favorite forms, what’s yours? Prosperity of time, love, people, relationships, family, money?

However, this designation of a favorite can come at the expense of experiencing other forms of prosperity.

At the end of the day, I want to be known as a Mother. To be surrounded with love. No amount of money could ever fill me the way being a Mother does.

Ah. But there the reasoning begins to take me in a wonky direction: judgment about the types of prosperity. Mothering comes ABOVE money. This creates a huge stop sign to money saying, “No thanks, family is all I need from the Pot o’ Prosperity. I’m good.”

Not exactly the message I wish to send.

For many heart and spirit based entrepreneurs, I believe we unintentionally “diss” money. Perhaps it’s as strong as believing there’s something wrong with wanting money. However, I actually believe it’s a little more subtle than that in many cases.

We’re simply ranking how we wish to experience prosperity; feeling like perhaps we only get a couple of options. Or, that we want to make sure we get the kind that will make us the most happy and joyful.

In reality, we can have the whole Pot o’ Prosperity. Every last drop.

Take a moment and consider how you rank the types of prosperity. Where could you invite more kind into your daily experience?

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.

Why Do We Manifest Lack?

If we live in an abundant universe, and money is just energy, and we are Source and therefore have access to all the resources of Source…then why do we still experience lack?

If the key to running a successful business is to have structures, marketing tools, connections to Social Media, a list, and making offers, why do we do all of that and STILL experience lack?

We humans are such funny creatures! We take the gift of Free Will and we use it to create all kinds of conditions to receive. Our outer world is a manifestation of our inner world. Always. If there is lack of something showing up in your business or your daily life, there is a part of you that is carrying a lack belief.

Not good enough. Not loveable. Not safe. Unimportant.

However, instead of recognizing that the external is just a mirror of the internal, we desperately push for the external conditions to change first, so we can finally have the evidence we need to feel good about ourselves.

Waiting until you have proof simply doesn’t work. Even if you are able to create enough action to drive some income into your checking account, as long as the internal beliefs are still out of alignment with abundance, the flow will not be sustainable. You just end up stuck and in lack all over again.

The way to keeping a sustainable flow is to come into alignment with what is really true: you are good enough. You are loveable. You are safe. You matter to Source.

These aren’t just esoteric self-help statements. These are the building blocks that when assembled, create the firm foundation that will lead to the fertile business and life you desire.

When you heal the internal lack, the external lack evaporates and in a very sustainable way. At some level, healing the internal lack is all about making the decision to do it. And yet, it’s often not as simple as someone telling you that you must do it and you just say, “Oh, okay. Now I love myself.”

But when you get enough gunk cleared out of the way to shift your consciousness, you are able, one step at a time, to keep making the choice, making the decision, being the person who is love, who is enough, who is safe, and who does matter.

Then, evidence of your very fertile life and business shows up in droves and lack shifts to prosperity.

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.

Connect with Your Biggest Cheerleader

Something that I have discovered in my 12 years of self-employment: you must have SO much belief in yourself if you are going to continue to move forward and stay in business.

However, when you are a heart centered, spirit centered business owner, being a cheerleader for yourself can get tricky. Here are the stumbling blocks I ran into:

Will I be just all EGO if I become my greatest cheerleader?
Isn’t it vain?
Will I be brash and obnoxious?
Will I be laughed at because I’m so confident about something no one else knows or understands yet?
Am I simply fooling myself?
Am I just setting myself up for heartbreak?
How can I really know there are people out there for me?

When these questions are bouncing around, it’s so easy to slip into fear. Doubt. Loneliness.

They also keep you from following the rhythm of creating — from drawing in inspiration to allowing it to germinate to finally bringing it to the world.

So what is the answer? How do you generate the belief?

Ah. That’s actually a trick question!

What I have discovered is that it isn’t so much generating the belief, but rather tapping into the greatest possible cheerleader you could ever have: Source.

You contain Source within your physical body. You are OF Source. So, how can Source see you as anything other than perfect and divinely inspired?

You are OF Source. So, how can your desires and purpose have anything but the complete love and support of Source?

If you are anything like me, it’s easy to look around at the lack in your life (and the world in general) and say…really?

The ah-ha comes when you realize the lack in your life and the lack of your belief in yourself are symptoms of the same problem: disconnection.

When you allow yourself to become fully aware of your connection, you feel the love and appreciation Source has of you and your gifts. When your belief in yourself flows from this love and appreciation, you never have to worry about being brash. Or Ego driven. Or setting yourself up for heartbreak.

Tune in. Regularly. And allow the love and appreciation that Source has for you to fill you. Now you have complete access to the biggest, most supportive cheerleader you will ever have and that will keep your business alive for as long as you desire.

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.

Tired of Spinning Your Wheels?

There’s no sugar coating the Truth: it’s your vibration in the moment that matters to your prosperity.

That Truth actually carries both sweet and bitter. When you look around, you know you’ve created what’s here. Yup, I know, that awareness brings a certain amount of frustration. Of sadness. Of fear that you’ll never be ‘good enough’ or vibrate ‘well enough’ to make any changes. Yes, I feel it too in certain areas of my life.

At the same time, this Truth holds so much power. And promise. And hope.

The trick, if there is such a thing, is to be aware of your vibration in the moment — not every moment of every day. That would be overwhelming.

Check in throughout the day. Ask yourself, where is my vibration?

If you, “Created from my thoughts in this moment…what would I be creating more of?”

Joy or fear?
Faith or doubt?
Abundance or lack?
Busyness or centeredness?
Service or servitude?

Where are you — right now in this very moment? This is the only moment that counts.

If you find yourself creating out of an emotion that you know you don’t want more of, that’s the time to shift. Do whatever you need to do, right then, in that moment, no excuses, to shift.

What happens when you can’t shift the vibration simply by wanting to shift? You use a tool, you use a coach, you release the old beliefs that keep that vibration in place, you go out in nature, you dance, you sing loudly, you clean up the gunk from your chakras… So many options, really.

So often, we wait until we can “do it right.” Or we think that because we’re feeling so low, so sad, so hopeless, that it isn’t possible to shift. Those are the times that you MUST shift. Otherwise, life will stay the same.

There’s no perfect way to do this.

There’s only the perfect moment: 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.

In Your Dance with the Divine, Have You Tied the Divine’s Hands?

What does the phrase “co-creation” mean to you?

When using this phrase in conjunction with spiritual teachings, it means creating together with the Divine. This is an amazing gift available to us here on Planet Earth. We have the absolute power of the Divine available to us in every moment; the Divine literally ‘has our backs’ in every moment of every day.

If you are going to be a co-creator with the Divine, be in partnership with the Divine, there is only one rule: you have to let the Divine in. You have to let the Universe truly be your partner.

In partnerships, you each have distinct roles, right?

In co-creation with the Divine, your job is to focus on what you want and then follow through on the Inspired Actions that come.

The Divine’s job is to move the powers of the Universe to make that happen for you.

Sounds simple, right?

Well, honestly, if it were that simple, we’d all have everything we want.

Here’s one issue I see getting in the way. I’ve seen it in myself and I’ve seen it in my clients: we want to control the entire relationship.

Sometimes it comes down to trust.

Sometimes it comes down to having a skewed understanding of the Divine.

Sometimes it comes down to impatience.

Sometimes it comes down to the old stories that we hold about ourselves.

Sometimes it comes down to the value we see (or don’t see) in ourselves.

Sometimes it comes down to fear.

Regardless of what the underlying reason is, the result is that we push away the Divine. We hold so tightly to what we want, trying so hard to control what happens in our lives and businesses, we push out the Divine.

And, the Divine let’s us do it. We’re running the show. If that’s the co-creative experience we want, then the Divine says, “So Be It.” And it is done.

But this makes life hard. And joy-less. And we aren’t able to be in our purpose as effectively.

Take a moment and consider how you handle your role as a co-creator.

What can you let go of today, in this very moment, to allow the Divine a more powerful role in this co-creative relationship?

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.

Making Room for the New

As we prepare to begin anew, stepping into the energies of 2012, what are you willing to release to make room for all the good that is coming your way this year?

What I am hearing from my clients, and feeling myself, is 2012 is a year that will truly be amazing. Give yourself as much room as you can by releasing what no longer serves you.

Ask yourself:

Where are my energy leaks?
Where am I sidetracked from what I know to be true?
Where do I lose my connection to what I want?

Here are the top two release intentions from my list this year:

  • Unsubscribing from every “expert” whom I don’t resonate with at a deep level. While I don’t have to agree with everything someone has to say and I admire those people who can simply take the ‘nuggets’ of good information and release the rest, I choose to no longer follow someone whose style makes my stomach clench.The reason why there are so many experts out there is because there are many different styles. I choose to release those who don’t match mine.

    Honestly, I began doing this about a month and a half ago, and feel a substantial difference in my ability to stay tuned into my own value and way of being in the world.

  • In the same vein, I am choosing to release — at an even deeper level than before — comparing my work to what others are putting out in the world. We each are here with a divine purpose and we can’t follow it if we are trying to be like someone else. This also means stepping into full and complete trust that we have a tribe of people waiting for us to fully step into our gifts.

Your turn. What has been hanging around, taking up space? What are you ready to let go of, fully and completely?

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.

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.