I want to share with you a story about a woman called Thecla – a woman who stuck to her courage of conviction regardless of others attempts to break her down and silence her.
As I was reading Thecla’s story, there was one line in particular that really stuck out to me. By using her voice, she gave other women permission to use theirs.
WOW. Now that is a powerful legacy.
By freeing her voice, she freed the voice of many.
As Highly Sensitive Entrepreneurs and Leaders, using our voice to express ourselves is a direct path to true freedom and to being able to positively effect change.
We are each being called to RISE UP to serve like never before and to lead differently as a result of these times we are graced to be experiencing – together.
If you sense that you’re meant to join with others and dive into a deep training process to position yourself to effectively use your voice to create what you want and to fulfill your purpose in your business and life as a highly sensitive, then I invite you to click here to speak to a Business Miracles Enrollment Coach, who will help you get clear on whether this is the best next step for you at this time.
By freeing your voice, you can free the voice of many, in whatever way that is meant to look for you.
Today on A Course In Business Miracles, we are featuring Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur Nikki Kourpias, founder and instructor at Aware Hot Yoga in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Nikki had suspected for years that she was different than other people in a really fundamental way. After years of searching for a diagnosis to try and figure out what was wrong (and how to fix it), she finally stumbled on the Business Miracles community, and she has been part of it ever since.
Since joining, Nikki has rediscovered her Highly Sensitive strengths that were being underutilized or misunderstood in her business. With these, she has found a new sense of security and freedom in her work, allowing her to open a yoga studio in the midst of a pandemic.
Learn how Nikki Kourpias discovered her Highly Sensitive nature and turned what she thought were defects in her life into her most important strengths.
Typically as we enter into a new year, there is a slew of resolutions that are set.
We hear people — and the Global Pandemic doesn’t seem to have changed this much — stating their New Year’s Resolutions and these resolutions often have to do with the body.
I’m going to lose weight.
I’m going to make more money.
I’m going to take better care of myself.
I’m going to exercise.
I find the process so fascinating because a resolution is an act of the mind, but the focus of the resolution — for most people — is on the body.
So then, typically, the resolution gets lost by February 1st, if not sooner.
But what if we Do Things Differently this year?
What would it look like if we set New Year Intentions that were focused on the mind, where the real change and healing happens?
What miracles might we experience if, instead of focusing on the body, we commit to intentionally using our minds as a consistent core practice — whether that be through meditation, journaling, energy management or any other form of consistently engaging your mind.
If you really want to support yourself with beginning anew in this new year, make a commitment to consistently and intentionally exercise your mind and watch the MIRACLES of expansion and healing that happen as a result. ✨✨
The words, “Happy New Year!” have never felt more tentative or like they should be followed by, “YES! PLEASE.”
Which is why, rather than share what I’m reading, watching and listening to as I usually would on the first Friday of the month, I’d like to invite you to come have a conversation with me about everything that 2020 taught me is absolutely needed for us to excel as highly sensitives as we head into and through this new year and these new times.
If 2020 brought us anything, it brought us the opportunity to master radical change. We now expect that we don’t know what to expect, but we know it won’t be the same as anything that came before.
So, we must choose to rise to the occasion of these times. Let’s come together to talk about how to do just that.
This is a pre-VIP invite. Seats are very limited and are only for those who are truly serious about answering the call of these Exceptional Times.
On today’s episode of A Course In Business Miracles, we’re talking about flipping the switch from your HSE shadows into your HSE strengths. You’re probably wondering what it is you’ll need to buy or what books to read or exercises to do to get this massive change in your life. But what we’re talking about today is something totally within your control: the privilege of agency.
Growing up and living in our world as HSEs, it can often happen that we are treated as the “others”, as “different”, and this can leave us wanting for support and for care. But it doesn’t have to be this way!
Listen in to learn about the privilege of agency, how you can use this to protect yourself from your stories of the past, and how to start.
When I think of my grandmother I think of her hands. They were beautifully smooth with long slim fingers always adorned with multiple rings. My hands seemed so small, pudgy and less beautiful compared to hers, but I didn’t care as long as my hands were enfolded in hers, which they usually were.
I would hold her hand as we walked. Play with the rings on her fingers as we sat and talked. And in her final days with Alzheimer’s, I would gently bathe her hands with mild soap, water and a warm washcloth as if she were a queen or a client at a 5th Avenue spa.
What I also remember about my grandmother’s hands is that they were often holding a bible. She would read scripture in the early morning, before bed and sometimes in the middle of the day. Since my parents didn’t raise me within a specific religion, my grandmother and her hands were my gateway to the mysterious world of Italian Catholicism. I would sit with her in church, holding her hand, staring at the sun shining through the stained glass windows, not necessarily connecting to what was being said, but very much connecting to what I could sense, through my grandmother’s hands, was being felt.
Which is why, for me, this time of year is about my grandmother. The stories she would tell every year, as I helped her set up the nativity (or “persab” as she would say, slang for presepio in Italian) under her Christmas tree, of the wise men who traveled through a desert, arriving 12 days late to honor a special baby who’d been born. So, I’d set up the wise men far away from the tree (usually on the radiator) and move them closer and closer each day until January 6th, Little Christmas, when they could finally arrive within the manager under the tree.
To me, it’s always been a story of perseverance, spiritual vision and intuition. Being guided “by a star” towards what you know to be true but cannot yet see, which seems right in line with 2020, a year that, if it brought us anything, brought us the opportunity to master radical change. We now expect that we don’t know what to expect, but we know it won’t be the same as anything that came before.
As Highly Sensitive Leaders, we are being called forward, through the desert of this change, guided to something greater, asked to “follow the star” of our strengths such as intuition, empathy, and deep listening. To stay the course, hold out our hands to others, and bring our gifts to the new world that awaits each and every one of us.
In Faith – this time of year and always, XO. Heather
Something that’s really been interesting me lately is the concept that history repeats itself.
Now, intellectually we know this to be true, but actually working with this concept effectively is an entirely different experience and story for ourselves – individually and collectively.
In regards to history repeating itself, I’ve personally been doing a lot of research on the 1918 pandemic.
When I started this research, I wasn’t necessarily interested in what happened during the 1918 pandemic, I was interested in what happenedAFTER the 1918 pandemic.
As we live through the 2020 Global Pandemic, it occurred to me I was never taught anything about the 1918 Pandemic.
It wasn’t part of my schooling or even family conversations (And I’ve since learned that my great-grandmother not only survived the 1918 pandemic, but remained healthy while caring for her sick and dying family – how did I not know this?).
How did the 1918 pandemic effect everything that transpired after it?
I really got my interest peaked when my Sweetheart Husband and I watched the Ken Burns documentary on jazz, which expands through the last century plus. As it got to 1917 and 1918 I was on the edge of my seat, just waiting to see what was going to be referenced in regards to how the pandemic influenced music.
Not one mention.
In all of my research, it is remarkable to me that there are rarely mentions of, let alone direct connections made to what happened in that pandemic of 1918-1920, a pandemic that killed 50 million people around the globe, and what happened afterward.
The 1918 pandemic must have had an impact on everything that’s transpired since that time. How could it not?
What have we learned from that?
This is also not the first time in history we’ve been faced with leadership that is narcissistic, that is fascist, that has a commitment to benefitting few at the cost of many.
What have we learned from that?
This is not the first time, at all, not even close, where people of black, brown, alternate color – anything other than white – have faced injustice.
What have we learned from that?
I invite you to join me in looking through this lens of “History repeats itself” and inquiring how can it be different this time?
To ask ourselves, as Highly Sensitive Leaders, “What is the change that I am being given the opportunity to effect as a result of knowing that this has occurred before?”
2020, as you have heard me say before, is coming to us as an opportunity. And part of that is the “opportunity” for each of us to inquire “What Is 2020 Showing Me AboutWho I Am and What I Value?”
And am I going to allow 2020 to truly change me for the better?
It is these types of questions, this type of inquiry, that is going to allow us to emerge from this year, these Exceptional Times, as stronger highly sensitive people poised to lead and create a world that’s better.
Today on A Course In Business Miracles, we are talking with Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur and visual artist Ennis Carter! Since joining the Business Miracles community only one year ago, the Business Miracles community has seen Ennis and her business grow and change so much, and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to share her experience today.
It was with her family that she first realized her Highly Sensitive nature, reading through the literature and noticing herself in them completely, particularly in her business. So she set out to find a community that would support her and thrive and found A Course In Business Miracles. But it was over a year later that she finally jumped from just being a newsletter subscriber to a full-fledged member of the community, and she hasn’t looked back.
Not only has she felt herself grow as a person, with better health and a more healthy outlook on life, but also as a business and most importantly as an artist. She has learned to better trust her inner voice and be fearless in the realization of her artistic vision. Through these changes, she has been able to better serve her family, her clients, and her community.
Learn more about how the Business Miracles community helped Ennis Carter with her business, and how it gave her the confidence to chase her artistic vision.
As we start to close out this historic year of 2020, I wanted to share with you a concept I’ve been teaching for years called V&V Energy. It’s all about your willingness to be Visible and Vulnerable in your business and your life – to be seen for who you really are.
And, oh boy, is it a mother-load of a Core Practice.
It’s one of the many reasons I run all of my Training Programs with a core component of Community sothat the Highly Sensitive Entrepreneurs and Leaders I serve have a safe space to be in V&V Energy.
As I like to say, “we practice it in here so we can go be it out there.”
Every time I see a highly sensitive resist V&V, it’s like watching another year of struggle being added to their life.
A Course In Miracles says, “you can build your house on sand or rock, but the winds and rain will always come.”
The Core Practice of V&V Energy is the process of building all parts of your life – personal and professional – on rock, instead of sand. There is no amount of information, certifications, or private coaching calls that can protect you from the necessity of being willing to be seen.
No matter how much you try to Hide or Push your way through, the real you will always glimmer in everything you do – whether you want it to or not.
So why not learn to love who you are and LEAD with who you naturally are and to stand tall and proud as the Highly Sensitive Leader that you are?
Your mind will trust a lot deeper.
Your heart will soar a lot higher.
Your conversations will flow a lot easier.
Your relationships will be a lot more fulfilling.
So, as we round out this historic year, may there be peace in your heart about who you genuinely are and may you be courageous enough to share your heart with the world.
To support you with what you need to do right now to navigate these exceptional times my high mentor recommendation is that you take 6 minutes to watch this ACTIVATION VIDEO about: Trust/Intuition/Instinct: The Trifecta for Highly Sensitive Leader Success.
I’ve created these videos because as a Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur/Leader you are being called to RISE UP and serve as the Royal Advisor you’ve been brought here to be, to rewrite the success narrative in service of saving the planet and humanity. Everything the world needs right now.
And, yet, because of the tendency for highly sensitives to lean toward our Shadows rather than our Strengths we need to constantly be engaging in the Core Practice of shifting our perceptions about who we are and what we are capable of creating. According to A Course In Miracles, this IS the definition of a miracle.
That’s what this ACTIVATION VIDEO is designed to actualize for you, a Business Miracle.
Here are some other activations you’ll find waiting for you, too:
The Ability To Create Abundance and Prosperity
The Power of Your Most Magnificent Self
The Confidence To Trust Your Intuition
Every other week I’ll be adding another ACTIVATION VIDEO so you can stay consistent with this important Core Practice as a highly sensitive and I recommend you subscribe to my page to support you with being consistent.
Just wanted you to know this super valuable (and free) Business Miracles learning resource is available to you.
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