It was the summer of 2012. There I sat crying on my meditation cushion directly in front of Marianne Williamson as she stood looking down at me.
I said to Marianne, “I’ve been studying A Course In Miracles and your work since I was 14 years old when my mother died.”
I said, “I believe everything that the Course teaches. Yet somehow, I really just feel that even though I believe this so much,” and I put my thumb and fore finger together to form a small circle,“that there’s this little part of me that just doesn’t believe that Jesus is actually there for me.”
She looked at me, and she said, “Are you doing the work?”
I said, “I am doing the work.”
She said, “How are you doing the work?”
I said, “I’m journaling about the Course every single day.” I had my journal with me and I held it up to show her.
She looked at it, and she said, “How do you work with it?”
I said, “I’ll open up the Course and whatever speaks to me, then I’ll study on that.”
She looked at me, and she said, “Page one. You start at page one.”
I realized in that moment that I had been dabbling. I was saying and looking like I was doing the work, but I was really avoiding what it would mean to start at page one and commit to the entire process and the full curriculum that is A Course in Miracles.
Flash back to a year before: this was a very dark period in my business. I was working with a marketing mentor who really was not a match for me. There was a lot of pushing to do more, more, more. How much income her clients were generating meant a lot to her. Being pushed to do more triggered the achiever coping mechanism I had developed after my mother died. I brought my business across the million-dollar mark that year, but I was exhausted and barely had anything to show for it. I was miserable.
It was an absolute dark night of the soul.
I was disillusioned with the coaching industry. I looked around and thought, what is happening here? I retreated into myself except for the love and attention that I continued to pour into my clients. That was it. I took myself off of everything in the coaching industry. I wasn’t on anybody’s email lists. I disconnected from social media. I wasn’t watching anything. I said to myself, I’ve got to figure this thing out because if this is what it means to be a successful coach, I don’t want it. What am I doing? Who am I? What am I here to be?
Through that discovery process, I came to understand that I am a highly sensitive person.
Being highly sensitive didn’t surprise me, what really stunned me was how highly sensitive I was. Off-the-charts-score. Because one of my foundational principle teachings is understanding that your ideal client is a version of you, I brought the self quiz I had taken to my highest level clients at that time and every single person in the room was also highly sensitive. I thought, huh, something is happening here.
Through my in-depth study of Dr. Elaine Aron, who’s a leading researcher and founder of highly sensitive persons, and her work I began to understand that being highly sensitive did not mean that I was weak, incapable or even shy, what it did mean was that I was deeply intuitive, empathic, creative and I began to piece together how all of this made an impact on my business.
According to Dr. Aron 20% of the entire world population is uniquely genetically coded to be a “royal advisor.” For those of us attracted to being a coach, a healing practitioner, or a creative entrepreneur, we are literally lined up, aligned for success because we are naturally coded to do so. So, I thought to myself, if this is the case then that means we are meant to be in our businesses, sell and market as a highly sensitive person in a way that is also different than the other 80% of the world.
According to A Course In Miracles, the definition of a miracle is a “shift in perception.” I began to clearly understand that this is exactly what is required for a Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur® to be successfully self-employed. We must begin to shift the perception of ourselves. Our difference does not mean we must hide in the shadows of our highly sensitive traits; it means we must claim the abilities we’ve been coded with as strengths. We must use our Highly Sensitive Strengths to create our business success, to create Business Miracles®.
I have taken everything I’ve discovered and learned to create award-winning events, classes, courses and business mentoring programs to support fellow HSEs in generating more income than they’ve ever imagined within their royal advisor role. I have also continued to generate my own 7-figure business success, but now I am much more at peace as I follow my own circadian rhythm and allow my HSE Strengths to lead the way for my productivity and creativity.
To discover if you are indeed also a Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur click here to take the HSE Self-Quiz right away.
Heather Dominick: Official Biography
Heather Dominick is the founder and leader of the Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur® movement. Her teachings demonstrate how highly sensitive traits when used as strengths, rather than shadows, can create effective entrepreneurial success. Her deep wisdom reaches close to 100,000 Highly Sensitive Entrepreneurs around the globe via her website www.businessmiracles.com and various social media channels.
Heather is creator of the 2014 Stevie Award winning virtual event A Course In Business Miracles®: 21-Day Discovery Series that attracted close to 6,000 official registrants from all around the world including: Iceland, Nigeria, Russia, Asia, South America, Australia, Europe and the U.S. She has appeared on Lifetime Television and has been published in numerous books including Stepping Stones to Success along side Deepak Chopra. Heather also received the 2015 Best of Manhattan Award in the Coaching Category for the mentoring she provides via her programs at A Course In Business Miracles.
An exceptional facilitator and teacher at heart Heather is known for creating a safe, sacred community for true transformation whether she is teaching a Business Miracles Class, delivering training in one of her online or in-person Courses or mentoring clients in her Mentoring Programs. Heather’s work is a unique combination of the “inner and outer.” She has helped thousands of her highly sensitive students and clients release life-long limiting beliefs, overcome fears and learn how to market and sell in their business in a way that actually feels so good they create solid, sustainable, high level financial success.
Before becoming an entrepreneur Heather earned her Masters Degree from New York University in 1996, where she received her first coach training. She also worked as a public high school drama teacher for 8 years which included a close collaboration with business partner, Bette Midler on projects including transforming a classroom into a black box theatre and costuming her inner city students for productions like The Wiz from Bette’s former tours.
Heather has been a student of A Course In Miracles for over 30 years and is herself a Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur who has been successfully self-employed for over a decade, including creating 7-figure success. She has also managed to joyfully live in Manhattan, NY for over 20 years (as a highly sensitive!) and is where she still lives with her sweetheart husband, Stephen.