What to do? Buddhism and many other philosophies tell us that desires are the very things that will hamper us getting what we want. Law of Attraction (LOA) principles state you must desire, then ask for it, then be willing to receive it; and then there is the more traditional, Western approach to goal-setting, where you are encouraged to set a goal and do what it takes to achieve it. This is all so confusing! Who is right? Well, my answer is all and none of them. Continue reading →
This week’s article is a true story told me by a friend when he heard about the fun you can have with a £50 note (see last week’s article).
“My wife and I had been on a rare trip to Plymouth to do some shopping and pick up some cash owed to me by a charity I work for. This meant that, unusually, I had a £50 note in my pocket. On the way back home we stopped at a busy farm shop/café for a cup of tea. Standing at the counter, we turned around with our tray of tea and cake, to see a very crowded sight before us. There was nothing for it but to share a table with someone else, not something I would normally choose to do! Continue reading →
When you are in the business of spirituality, or have a spiritual business, or even simply aspire to conducting your business in an ethical, authentic manner, you are going to have to deal with money. Without money coming in and going out, you don’t have a business at all. So money is a hot topic when it comes to business – and it’s also a hot topic when it comes to spirituality! Can money and spiritual principles live side by side?
Over the many years I have been in various businesses, I have heard other self-employed people struggle with the concept of charging well for their services. It comes out in statements such as: Continue reading →
When I was a psychotherapist,I used a very simple model of exchanging my time for the clients’ money. A session was arranged, the time went by, and at the end of the hour, the client would hand over money to me, often in the form of cash. The agreement was clear – payment was being made for my time. When it was cash, any trust involved ended at the point of the cash being handed over. When payment was made by cheque, trust began immediately to operate in a far larger way – I trusted that they had the money in their bank account to honour their cheque. I trusted that the bank would do its job properly. Once again, though, when the payment had gone through the bank, the trust involved in that transaction ended.
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? Continue reading →
Remember how the word ‘massage’ used to only conjure up an image of a seedy backstreet in a red light district, and catering to unusual sexual tastes? That was over twenty or thirty years ago, and now the term massage is widely accepted to mean what it is – a treatment covering many different modalities, dealing with many different health issues, but all of them about bringing the person into better health. In other words, it is perfectly respectable and well-accepted by the general public.
I think the term ‘spiritual business’ is going to become more and more acceptable, too – it might take another twenty of thirty years, but especially in the light of so much evidence of corruption in recent years, the credit crunch and the disillusionment with banks and the banking system, something has got to change. Continue reading →