It was over 5 years ago, when I left corporate America to “transition” my financial planning business into a spiritual money business. It has taken me 5 years to call it exactly what it is. It is a spiritual money business. Pure and simple because to create change the spirit by any name must be touched to begin to make a change in money behavior. Anything else is fear driven, and it will not last. Once the fear is away, the behavior may very well return.
And it is important to mention that what I do with Empower Excellence is a business; it is not my life. That took this whole last year for me to learn, and I am slowly putting boundaries in place. And my illnesses for the last 12 months are slowly disappearing as I do. It is also important to mention that I am NOT in sales, I am doing spiritual work. That is also something that took a long time for me to acknowledge. When the spirit hurts enough, that is when a client and I are brought together by the Universe. Until there is hurt in the Spirit, the same old, same old continues. The Christmas season is a great example of that…every year people promise themselves not to overspend and every year they still do…we have all seen this with ourselves or friends or family.
The client relationship is different in a spiritual business. I care very deeply for each client as I learn where the hurt is and how hard they work to clear the hurt. But I have also learned over the past year that my clients are not my responsibility. I am their coach to accomplish what it is they want to accomplish. I do not do their work while I do tons of work to help them; there is a big difference.
It is quite different having a spiritual business rather than simply a business. I have to portray the message I am sending, and that is not how to become rich and famous with money. It is to be peaceful and confident with my money relationship, and I am. But I also have to be brutally honest with clients. Where are they now? Where do they want to be? What are the steps to reach that point? Is it possible to reach that point from where they are right now?
In this process, I have to be nonjudgmental, kind, brave, loving, fierce, and vulnerable myself. But I also let them know I may not have all of the answers they need, but I will work with them to formulate the right questions and help them find the right answers! I also have to be flexible with strong boundaries and the ability to listen and still be open to change. In the process, I do try to teach my clients to love themselves, and that is a humbling process.
With all of this, I am the teacher but I am also learning that this is a mission I have worked every day of my life to arrive at. It is unfolding, and with that unfolding I am becoming more me every day. I meditate, I have spiritual discussions, and I find peace every day with my life and my money. This past year with my move to Oberlin, which a speaker last night called a “religious Utopia”, was a move to continue fidning inner peace and the ability to allow the unfolding of what I am creating in a spiritual money business. Why Oberlin? I can now answer that a year to the day that I found my physical home here. Oberlin was founded to be inclusive for all women and all men in the area of education. That intention lives on in all ways: when you truly find Oberlin, you have come home to inclusivity. It is not perfection; it is not a Utopia, but it is a quiet, peaceful place where I am finding me, and that is a personal utopia.
Janice Litterst firstname.lastname@example.org