Trust is inherent in any business, whether it is at this simple level of trading time for money, or at a more complex level of invoicing someone for your services, and waiting for them to pay you. Of course, sometimes this system doesn’t work, but most of the time it does. The people involved at all the different levels of the business simply trust that what someone has said will happen, will.
But what happens when the systems you thought you could trust fall apart? What happens when your trust is eroded by a colleague? What happens when your bank, whom you have trusted to look after your money on your behalf, collapses?
What happens is very often a spiral down into the murky depths of fear. And when fear gets awakened, it spreads it tentacles out into all kinds of other areas. Suddenly, it’s easy to imagine that your clients or customers might also be customers of the bank that collapsed, and that they won’t pay you. And then what will you do? Or perhaps someone you know does go bankrupt and it severely affects your cashflow. You start worrying, and it’s always the same question. What will I do? Or your credit card goes missing and before you know it, someone else has racked up several thousands in debt on that card. Where does trust disappear to when things like this happen?
It gets buried under the fear. Fear feeds on itself – it is always about the past or the future (as quoted by Miranda Macpherson, on a recent workshop I attended about Cultivating Trust). It loves the past: ‘I wish I had….’, ‘Why did I do that….?’ ‘It’s happened before, it’ll happen again.’ And it feeds on the future too, in the form of ‘What if….’ (which is nearly always imagined as a negative scenario), or ‘How will I cope? Will I survive?’
Even just in these phrases you can see by the use of the verbs that these instances are all about the past and the future. There is no place for fear in the present. Yes, you can say I am afraid right now – but that is simply acknowledging the feeling in the moment, and the one thing that can be guaranteed about feelings is that they can begin to change as soon as they are acknowledged. This explains why you can be feeling afraid one minute, and happy the next, even when outer circumstances haven’t changed.
So when your business has ups and downs, when outer circumstances that perhaps you can’t control come to visit you, watch out to see whether fear tries to dominate the visit. It’s OK if it comes knocking at the door, in fact, it is often completely understandable that it does. Acknowledge its presence. Behave towards yourself with compassion, kindness, and allowing of the presence of the feeling. But turn it away at the door.
It does not need to come and stay with you for days on end. Listen to its message if it has one for you – and then close the door, and turn once again inwards, looking towards where trust IS present, what you CAN do in whatever circumstances you are in, and where love STILL IS occurring in your life. And when you act from that place in your day to day business, you will be generating more of the same, and your world will begin to breed even more trust, love and other delicious feelings. The regular practice of this is part of what being in a spiritual business is all about.