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The Spiritual Entrepreneur’s Guide to Setting High Ideals

Last week, we focused on identifying our life’s purpose. This week, we concentrate on setting high ideals. From the Spiritual Entrepreneur’s perspective, we want to set our ideals in alignment with Spirit (or the Universe).

Let’s begin with a definition of ideals. As a noun, the word ideal refers to a person or thing that you regard as perfect. For example, you might say of someone you love, “You’re my ideal of how a man (or woman) should be.” Other words that can be substituted for the word ideal include: perfection, paragon, epitome, shining example.

When I first read this chapter in Bruce McArthur’s Your Life, I felt immediate resistance to the idea of perfection. How many people live highly unsatisfying lives attempting to live up to some unrealistic standard? In fact, when I first read through the chapter, I remembered a meme someone posted about women who insist upon “waiting for Mr. Right.”Setting High Ideals

The last thing I want to become in my business is the person for whom nothing is ever good enough.

A Holistic Approach to Working With High Ideals

McArthur says, “One of the most important steps in beginning to transform your life is to establish your ideals, then work diligently to achieve them. Your ideals set standards for you, and they are excellent guides for choices which can transform your life.”

Let me tell you why this matters:

Ideals provide a guide for changing our thinking. In the absence of an ideal, we show up for life as the person we have always been, which means we end up with the same stuff we’ve always gotten.

To build a new life and a better business, we have to change the way we routinely think and feel every day. Otherwise, as we continue along the same thought and feeling patterns we’ve always had, we create the same sets of circumstances that we wish to be free of.

By definition, our ideal will always be greater than we are today because it’s an ideal. The way we avoid the quest for perfection and adopt a holistic approach to setting high ideals is to stop reaching for the ideal. Instead, we must learn to think and act from that high place in consciousness.

Sound like semantics? Maybe. But go with me a for a second.

Everything in your business — the way you acquire new business, the way you send out invoices, how you respond to setbacks and challenges, the people you interact with on a daily basis — continually remind you of where you are in business. And, you…we…tend to think equal to our present circumstances. Unless we adopt a better way of thinking, we can expect to keep the same circumstances in play.

Only when we endeavor to think better than our present circumstances can we expect better results.

Everyone Has a Set of Ideals that Guide Them

Listen to what McArthur says ideals do for you:

  1. Your ideals are the standard by which you make your choices. They are like a road map which you use to guide you to your destination.
  2. Your ideals set the attitudes by which you live.
  3. Your ideals determine the path and the direction in which you are moving in consciousness.
  4. Your ideals determine what and whom you attract to you as you put them into effect.
  5. Your ideals provide the balancing tie among, body, mind, and soul. Through them you coordinate the Spirit within, the mind, and your physical aspects.

Now, you may not know what set of ideals you are working from. But, in reality, everyone has ideals. Today, we will take time to consciously set ideals for the major areas in our lives. Join me tonight for the Bible Hangout for a LIVE demonstration of the material covered in today’s blog post.

Setting High Ideals Takes You Off Cruise Control

For many people, their ideals are equal to or lower than their present circumstances. When they speak about their lives, they talk about being on cruise control or perhaps being in a rut. Thinking and acting from a set of high ideals takes you off cruise control and pulls you out of any rut you may find yourself in.

A high ideal will help you change your mindset, which, of course, can shift your life for the better. Very often in our businesses, we hit a wall and do not know which way to go. Or, we have multiple directions that we can take and each direction seems equally good. Ideals act as a guide for those kinds of decisions.

When you carry high ideals you can be a positive influence on the people around you. I think about the spiritual ideal that Rev. Della held for herself and represented for our church. I remember when she daringly took on CBS to demand the same pay that the other stars of Touched By An Angel were receiving. Guided by her ideals, she took a stand for what she believed was right and ultimately received the level of money that she felt she was worth.

Here’s an example from a wonderful book I just read of letting someone with a higher ideal challenge you to come out of your comfort zone:

The thing about comfort zones…if you live in one for too long, that becomes your norm.” David Goggins

A Gentle Approach to Setting High Ideals

No, you do not have to have a Navy SEAL move in with you to raise your ideals a little higher. 🙂

McArthur offers a much more, shall we say, measured approach to establishing high ideals. And, it’s the one we will use for our conversation tonight during the Bible Hangout.

Rev. Sherri Note: All the material that follows is copied directly from Chapter 16 in Bruce McArthur’s Your Life: Why It Is the Way It Is. You will need multiple copies of the Blank Circular Ideals Chart. You will also need a pen or pencil to complete the chart as we go.

Step #1 Selection of Your Area of Focus

A. Select from the following list an area of your life that you would like to make more joyous or choose one of your own:

  • Spouse
  • Self
  • Children
  • Job
  • Finances
  • Health
  • Spiritual Growth
  • A Relative
  • Recreation
  • Social Life
  • Family
  • Time
  • School
  • Church
  • Education
Circular Ideals Chart

Circular Ideals Chart with Quadrant #1 Filled In

B. When you have selected the area, write it on the Circular Ideals Chart on the line marked #1 in Quadrant A (see image).

C. Your ideals for this area of your life will be entered on this upper right-hand quadrant of the chart.

Step #2: Selection of Your Spiritual Ideal

A. Study the following “fruits” or “seeds” of the Spirit, any one of which would make an excellent spiritual ideal:

  • Love
  • Truth
  • Hope
  • Persistence
  • Patience
  • Faith
  • Goodness
  • Contentment
  • Mercy
  • Gentleness
  • Kindness
  • Self-control
  • Brotherly love
  • Fellowship
  • Consistency in Acts and Speech
  • Forgiveness
  • Meekness
  • Peace
  • Obedience
  • Humbleness
  • Harmony
  • Understanding
  • Selflessness
  • Joy

B. To make your selection, use either option 1 or 2 below — whichever feels right to you:Circular Ideals Chart

Option 1. After a period of meditation, turn inward and search in your mind for the most joyous, fulfilling spiritual experience you have ever known. This might have been a conversation with someone, a dream, a vision, something you have read that was meaningful to you, or another form of experience. Review it in your mind, trying to experience its essence, and describe it in one word or short phrase. This will be your spiritual ideal. Write it on the Circular Ideals Chart in the center circle labeled SPIRITUAL IDEAL (see example).

Option 2. To select your spiritual ideal, attune yourself in whatever way works best for you and use your preferred method of obtaining guidance. Ask what your ideal should be, or select from the list above. When you have found or selected it, write it on the Circular Ideals Chart in the center circle labeled SPIRITUAL IDEAL (see example).

Step #3: Selection of Mental Ideals

A. The mental ideal you are about to select is for application in that area of your life that you wish to make more joyous. This is the area your selected in Step 1 and marked on line #1.

B. The mental ideal is a “be”-attitude, the attitude you will hold in this area of your life. It needs to be in accord with your spiritual ideal. It is as if the spiritual ideal actually flows into the mental attitudes or emotions and together they produce the mental ideal.

C. Therefore, ask yourself: “What ‘be-attitude,’ what attitude of ‘be’-ing, should I hold and use that is in accord with my spiritual ideal and will make this area of my life joyous?”

Some possible suggestions:

  • BE-loving
  • BE-self-controlled
  • BE-hopeful
  • BE-gentle
  • BE-brotherly love
  • BE-persistent
  • BE-kind
  • BE-merciful
  • BE-truthful
  • BE-content
  • BE-positive
  • BE-good
  • BE-joyous
  • BE-meek
  • BE-peaceful
  • BE-humble
  • BE-confident
  • BE-trustful
  • BE-one
  • Circular Ideals ChartBE-understanding
  • BE-appreciative
  • BE-harmonious
  • BE-constructive
  • BE-generous (giving)
  • BE-encouraging
  • BE-happy
  • BE-moderate
  • BE-sincere
  • BE-compassionate
  • BE-temperate
  • BE-faithful
  • BE-selfless
  • BE-thoughtful
  • BE-tolerant
  • BE-cooperative
  • BE-forgiving
  • BE-disciplined
  • BE-honest
  • BE-a servant
  • BE-just
  • BE-graceful

D. You may wish to select more than one of the above or ones of your own choosing. Enter your choices on the ideals chart in the section of the circle in Quadrant A marked MENTAL IDEALS (see example).

Step #4: Selection of Physical Ideals

A. Your physical ideals are what you will be “do”-ing to bring into expression/manifestation on the physical plane the spiritual and mental ideals you have set for this area of your life.

B. The physical ideals can be expressed through the ways in which you use various aspects of your physical body or your possessions. For example, ask yourself, “How can I use my ears to manifest my mental ideal of being cooperative?” Your answer might be: “Listen to Jane.” That would then be one of your physical ideals. You may wish to select several for each area of your life.

  • Ears
  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Mouth
  • Car
  • Money
  • Voice
  • Sharing know-how
  • Sharing possessions
  • Sharing facilities
  • Furniture
  • Recipes
  • Clothes
  • Energy
  • Legs
  • Feet
  • Hands
  • House
  • Face
  • ToolsCircular Ideals Chart
  • Food
  • Sex
  • Words
  • Song
  • Time
  • Arms
  • Effort

C. As you make your selections, write them in the section of the circle marked PHYSICAL IDEALS in Quadrant A.

Step #5: Completion of Ideals Chart

Return to Step 1 and select another area of your life you wish to make more joyous. Enter this on line #2 in Quadrant B.

Skip Step #2 — The spiritual ideal you have selected applies to all areas of your life.

Do Step 3 and Step 4 for this same area of your life.

Repeat this procedure for as many areas of your life for which you wish to set ideals.

To be effective you need to review your ideals daily, to make them a part of your consciousness. Work with each, trying to achieve it. As you achieve each ideal, you will need to change or modify it. Your ideals should grow with you.

A Tip for Setting High Ideals That Help You Break the Habit of Being You

I borrow that heading from Dr. Joe Dispenza’s groundbreaking book, Breaking the Habit of Being You. He explains the value of high ideals this way:

If you want to change, you must have in your thoughts an idealized self — a model that you can emulate, which is different from, and better than, the “you” that exists today in your particular environment, body, and time. Every great person in history knew to do this…

The only way out of where you are is to break the habit of showing up the way you have always shown up. Establishing high ideals gives you the best chance of re-wiring your consciousness and establishing a new you.

This kind of work is not easy because it’s far more comfortable to slip into old habits of being. To avoid this tendency, I recommend putting yourself around people who embody the kinds of ideals you want to express. In this way, you force yourself to stand, as Lisa Nichols says, “on your tippy toes.”

You can do that in person. Find someone who is giving and living at the level you want to and do what you can to be next to them. You can do that remotely. With technology, you can lovingly stalk anyone and observe the way they do things. And, you can do that in a book or via audio or video. I have many “dead heroes.” In fact, I was just remarking to Jon Miller (As a Man Thinketh The Movie) that I need a 24-hour return visit from Zig Ziglar and Rev. Ike. I didn’t know much about them when they were alive and they didn’t hit my radar for personal study until after they’d made their respective transitions.

What’s Your New High Ideal?

Now it’s your turn. Download the sheet and choose an area for Quadrant #1 to work on. In the comments, let me know what area you chose and what spiritual, mental and physical ideals you’re reaching for in that area of your life. Be as specific as possible. You never know whom you might inspire with your comment.


A Testimony for The Money Poems

“I experienced how The Money Poems work one day while cooking dinner. I’d just started reciting my poems two days prior, when our internet went out at the house.

My mother had gotten out of the hospital a few weeks prior. Since my parents are retired, the hospital stay altered their monthly income. Basically, things were tight and my father needed an extra week to pay the full amount.

He called to get an extension and reconnection of services. The customer service representative told him there was nothing that could be done until the full amount was paid.

When my dad told me what was said, I encouraged him to call back. I also suggested my mother be with him on the phone for the second call.

As my parents sat in the home office waiting to speak to a representative for the second time, I completed dinner and picked up my copy of The Money Poems. I began reciting, softly, the poem of the day, which was Wednesday. I would recite the poem and go back to reading the book.

Once I heard them on the phone with the new representative and his supervisor, I continuously recited the Wednesday poem. I was relaxed and smiling every time I recited the poem. Once I felt completely at ease, I stopped and continued to read the book.

When my parents completed their phone call, they informed me that the supervisor saw they’d never been disconnected before and agreed to turn on the internet service within the hour. I smiled to myself and announced dinner was ready.”

~ Dee Johnson (Houston, TX)

The Spiritual Entrepreneur’s Guide to Finding Your Life Purpose

Periodically Reassess Your Life Purpose

Probably more than anyone, the Spiritual Entrepreneur understands the value and power of establishing purpose. As a business owner, whether you run a multi-million dollar company or sole proprietorship, you know that your success runs in direct proportion to your ability to establish clear purpose for every activity in it.

Misused time leads to loss in revenue. Misdirected money leads to trouble — sometimes immediate — in your company’s financial health. Mis-aligned employees lead to slow downs in productivity which play out in your production schedule as well as your revenue cycle.

So, you know firsthand that purpose matters. Every little detail of your business depends on the quality of your attention to its purpose.

It turns out that purpose matters just as much in your personal life. We must bring the same degree of meticulousness that we use in running a business to our personal lives.

In the same way that you must reassess your business to make sure that your actions and your results align with your stated purpose, you must also reassess your life purpose to make sure that your daily actions and corresponding results align with your stated life purpose.

I recommend bookmarking this page and setting a reminder to return to it on an annual basis. Why? Because as you evolve, your understanding of your life purpose will evolve. Your priorities will shift and you need a system for checking in with yourself regularly.

Do Not Confuse Purpose With Mission

At UP Church, we teach that your ultimate purpose is to express God. Of course, that statement is very general. You fill in the blanks on what that looks like.

Based on your interests, gifts, skills, and talents, you may choose to express God as a carpenter. Or, you may choose to express God as a writer or as an advocate for a group you care deeply about.

The ultimate life purpose — to express God — does not change but the means by which you fulfill that purpose will vary across your lifetime.

You may begin your life with one mission and, as you get going, you uncover another area of expression that feels far more satisfying for your soul. Or, life may happen in such a way to nudge you into a new area of expression.

Video blogger and actress Franchesca Ramsey experienced this. She started her “career” on YouTube making hair videos. Essentially, her purpose for creating those videos lay in providing hair care tips to people with locks.

She incorporated her penchant for being funny, which made her videos stand apart from the pack. She later became a writer and contributor for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central. Today’s she’s the host of the MTV News web series Decoded.

From hair vlogger to host of an MTV News web series, Ramsey proves that the ultimate purpose won’t change but the way that purpose gets expressed will change. In a recent interview with fellow vlogger Marie Forleo, Ramsey shares the way her mission evolved.

The reason you can benefit from an annual assessment is that doing so will give you a chance to look at how you’re fulfilling your ultimate mission whether there are some tweaks or improvements you can make to what you’re doing.

Rev. Sherri Note: This rest of this blog post contains material lifted directly from Chapter 15 in Bruce McArthur’s Your Life: Why It Is the Way It Is and What You Can Do About It. During tonight’s Bible Hangout, we will go through this material in depth. If you find this blog post after October 12th, simply follow the written instructions and use the recorded class as a guide. You will need a notepad to complete the following exercises.

Determining Your Own Basic Purpose

To determine your basic purpose, proceed as follows:

  1. Read through the following list of typical ones given in the readings; check any that feel right.
  2. Prepare yourself with meditation; use these possible affirmations: “I am guided in all ways” or “I am perfectly guided.”
  3. When you have attuned yourself, ask “What is my life’s basic purpose?” If you are given one — use it. If not, select from the following list or create one of your own as guided.
  4. Write it on a blank sheet of paper, expressing it in your own words:
Rev. Sherri Note: Each statement expresses the same idea — that our basic life purpose is to express God. What you’re looking and listening for is the phrasing that resonates most deeply with your soul. Look for the statement that lights you up when you read it or speak it.

Examples of Your Life’s Basic Purpose

  • Live the Christ Consciousness
  • Become godlike
  • Make the world a better place
  • Become a god or goddess
  • Be an ambassador here for Him
  • Live the fruits of the Spirit
  • Be a channel of blessings to others
  • Be a servant to all
  • Manifest the love of the Creative Forces/God
  • Purify self
  • Strengthen and develop my soul for greater service
  • Expand my view of the Christ
  • Be a living example of oneness with God
  • Learn patience
  • Manifest (truth) (principle) (universal laws) (God)
  • Be a helpful force to others
  • Learn my lessons for greater soul expression
  • Be a light to others
  • Be and do all in accord with God’s will
  • Know the spirit within that I may be of greater help to others
  • Be one with the purpose of the Creative Forces/God
  • Become aware of my relationship to the Creative Forces/God/Spirit
  • Work in cooperation with others for the good of all
  • Become more aware of the Divine within
  • Be one with and an expression of the Creative Forces/God
  • Live and move and have my being in the Creative Forces/God/Spirit
  • Magnify the Creative Forces/God rather than the self
  • Prepare to be a companion with the Creator
  • Be a living example of the fact that God is

It is my basic purpose to: ________________________________________________.

Determining Your Mission in Life

To determine your mission, proceed as follows:

  1. Read through the following list; check any words that feel right to you or add your own.
  2. Prepare yourself with meditation; use these possible affirmations: “I am guided in all ways” or “I am perfectly guided.”
  3. When you have attuned yourself, ask “Which of my natural qualities of spirit do I most love to use in my life?”

Write your answers on your notepad. Select from the suggested nouns below or use your own:

Rev. Sherri Note: For this section, you’re listening again with your heart. Which words speak to what my life is about? When I consider what I’ve been through, what is Spirit trying to me so that I can be an example for others? You might say something like, “When I consider all that I’ve been through and overcome, my life has really been about…achievement or possibility.” What’s the one or two words that sum up what your life has been about?

Select from the suggested nouns below or use your own:

  • Alertness
  • Attentiveness
  • Awareness
  • Beauty
  • Beliefs
  • Centeredness
  • Commitment
  • Communion
  • Compassion
  • Consistency
  • Confidence
  • Courage
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Direction
  • Enthusiasm
  • Endurance
  • Expressiveness
  • Faith
  • Friendliness
  • Generosity
  • Geniality
  • Graciousness
  • Guidance
  • Health
  • Honesty
  • Humor
  • Image
  • Independence
  • Insight
  • Intention
  • Intimacy
  • Intuition
  • Joy
  • Laughter
  • Leadership
  • Love
  • Nurturance
  • Open-Mindedness
  • Peacefulness
  • Patience
  • Security
  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity
  • Serenity
  • Stability
  • Supportiveness
  • Tolerance
  • Trust
  • Vision
  • Unconditional Love
  • Vitality
  • (Others) ____________________________________

Write your top two selections on your notepad.

Determining Your Talents and Abilities

To determine your talents and abilities proceed as follows:

  1. Read through the following list; check any words that feel right to you or add your own.
  2. Prepare yourself with meditation; use these possible affirmations: “I am guided in all ways” or “I am perfectly guided.”
  3. When you have attuned yourself, ask “What talents, abilities, or other means of expression should I use in my life?” Write your answers on your notepad.
Rev. Sherri Note: You may not find your talent or ability on this list. In that case, feel free to list what feels true to you and describes your talent and ability.

Select from examples below or use your own:

  • Accounting
  • Artistry
  • Acting
  • Building
  • Cooking
  • Caring
  • Centering
  • Composing
  • Coordinating
  • Counseling
  • Dancing
  • Communicating
  • Designing
  • Encouraging
  • Engineering
  • Fishing
  • Healing
  • Inspiring
  • Leading
  • Learning
  • Listening
  • Managing
  • Massaging
  • Meditating
  • Nursing
  • Organizing
  • Painting
  • Parenting
  • Performing
  • Planning
  • Plumbing
  • Sculpting
  • Serving
  • Sharing
  • Singing
  • Studying
  • Sporting Activities
  • Supporting
  • Teaching
  • Training/Selling
  • Writing/Creating
  • Homemaking/Gardening
  • (Others) _______________________________________________

Write your top two selections on your notepad.

Now Put the Three Parts Together

It is my life purpose to:

Part I: _____________________________________________________

Part II (and to use my): _________________________________________

Part III (in/to): _______________________________________________

Rearrange, revise, or add words to make your statement a clear, smooth, and satisfying statement for you.

Write it on your notepad.

Review your purpose daily to make it an ever-present part of your consciousness. As you grow and change, be aware that it will change. Modify your purpose as you feel it is necessary. Use your purpose in your planning and decision making. It will make a vital difference!

Identify Hidden Talents

This material comes appears in Your Life but McArthur attributes it to Arnold Patent:

The way we locate the particular talent that is perfect for us at any specific time in our lives is to look at what we love to do. For what we love to do naturally is what we have a natural talent to do. The two are really one and the same.

We all know what it is we love to do. However, we often keep this information from our conscious minds. Doing the following exercise will put you in touch with what you love to do right now. When you are in touch with what you love to do, you will have discovered your talent…

Make a list of the things you love to do. Limit the list to those activities that create an excitement in you at the mere thought of them. The shorter the list, the easier it is to reach the desire result…

It is best to do this daily. Keep a separate book for this exercise. Do not judge the ideas that come to mind as you do this exercise. Write down every idea that flows through your mind, no matter how silly or meaningless it may seem. The purpose of the exercise is to stimulate your creative mind. After doing the exercise for a period of time, you will have developed a habit pattern that will continually produce creative ways to express what you love to do. The number of ways you can express yourself by doing what you love has no limit. Using your creativity to produce these ideas is one way to experience the abundance of the Universe…

When you discover a hidden talent,you may wish to incorporate it into your life’s purpose by doing this workshop again.

Declare Your Life Purpose

Now it’s your turn. In the comments below, write out your life purpose statement after completing the workshop. Make sure you put your life purpose statement on a note card that you carry with you in your wallet or purse. Make a point to review it once or twice daily to keep it fresh in your mind. When you find yourself with a dilemma and you don’t know which way to turn, pull out your life purpose note card and let that help you make a decision that is in keeping with your values.


A Testimony for The Money Poems

“I experienced how The Money Poems work one day while cooking dinner. I’d just started reciting my poems two days prior, when our internet went out at the house.

My mother had gotten out of the hospital a few weeks prior. Since my parents are retired, the hospital stay altered their monthly income. Basically, things were tight and my father needed an extra week to pay the full amount.

He called to get an extension and reconnection of services. The customer service representative told him there was nothing that could be done until the full amount was paid.

When my dad told me what was said, I encouraged him to call back. I also suggested my mother be with him on the phone for the second call.

As my parents sat in the home office waiting to speak to a representative for the second time, I completed dinner and picked up my copy of The Money Poems. I began reciting, softly, the poem of the day, which was Wednesday. I would recite the poem and go back to reading the book.

Once I heard them on the phone with the new representative and his supervisor, I continuously recited the Wednesday poem. I was relaxed and smiling every time I recited the poem. Once I felt completely at ease, I stopped and continued to read the book.

When my parents completed their phone call, they informed me that the supervisor saw they’d never been disconnected before and agreed to turn on the internet service within the hour. I smiled to myself and announced dinner was ready.”

~ Dee Johnson (Houston, TX)

The Spiritual Entrepreneur’s Guide to Courage

Can We Talk About Courage?

Defined, courage is the ability to do something that frightens you. It is strength in the face of pain or grief.

Because of our study of Universal Law, we know that nothing just happens; rather everything happens just. The ability to do something that frightens you or display strength in the face or pain or grief does not just happen.

In times of great stress, we do not rise to the level of our hopes or even our aspirations; instead, we fall to the level of our training. What have been doing every day? What kind of mental muscle have we been building?

There is a Law of Choice. It is a sublaw to the Law of Manifestation. It says: “Life is the experience of your choices.”

Life is not what happens to you. Rather, life is the result of little itty, bitty choices you make every moment of every day — the choice to hit snooze, the choice to grab a muffin instead of eating a balanced breakfast, the choice to do just one more thing instead of leaving the house on time, the choice to look at social media while you do your work instead of shutting out all distractions…

None of these choices, by themselves, are bad or wrong. But when you look at them over time, you begin to see a direction these kinds of choices take you in.

To develop the courage that allows you to do what frightens you and to stand firm in the face of pain or grief, you must make small courageous choices every day. McArthur writes in Your Life: “By the choices you make throughout your day, you create your life.”


Do you have the courage to make the right choices?

Make the Courageous Choice

As a Spiritual Entrepreneur, you have dared to believe that you can generate profit as well as make a difference in the lives of the people you serve. Everything you do, and especially the way you do it, infuses your product or service with an energy that your customers and clients feel…even if they cannot articulate that feeling in words.

Everyday you must make choices as to you spend your time, allocate your resources and deploy your people. “Behind each choice presented to us is this basic question: Will I do it the way I have chosen in the past or will I choose a higher way, that of the Spirit within me?” (McArthur)

What is the most courageous choice I can make in this moment? Sometimes the most courageous choice you can make is to shut down social media and block out all distractions so that you can concentrate on one thing. In another moment, your most courageous act might be holding your tongue instead of giving in to the urge to respond in anger.

If we wish to change our companies and increase the impact we make, then we must change our choices…our daily, moment by moment choices. “If our level [of consciousness] has not changed since the last time we made that choice, there will be no change in the result” (McArthur).

As a Spiritual Entrepreneur, we have an obligation to make the courageous choice. Do not simply claim to be led by something higher. Actually be led by something higher. Reach within to discern divine blueprint for your business and coach yourself to follow it.

Rejecting the Zero Sum Approach to Business

It takes courage to rely on divine power within us rather than trying to gain, develop, acquire, or use our own power or influence others on our behalf who seem to have power. We have a promise we can stand on: “You shall be my people, and I will be your God” (Jeremiah 30:22).

From a worldly standpoint, there are winners and losers. This mindset believes that for one entity to gain market share, another must lose it. The idea that the marketplace could expand cannot find a home in this mindset. When we approach business with a mentality that someone must lose, then we try to manipulate or control others. We put our faith in what is going on around us and believe that is all we have.

There is another approach. We can put our faith and trust in the Creative Force and “as a co-worker with that Force, [we] will be taken care of — problems and all — no matter what the conditions around us may be” (McArthur). It takes courage to believe that business does not have to be a zero sum game where someone loses in order for you to win.

As Spiritual Entrepreneurs, we must reject the zero sum approach to business and dare to turn to the Creator of all. We must courageously attune ourselves to the source of life within, knowing that every business problem we face has a divine solution. And, if we can quiet our minds, we can hear the right direction to go in. I do not buy into the idea of winners and losers; instead, I can turn to my inner resource of all wisdom, all good, and all abundance.

The Courage to Say Yes to God!

Being a Spiritual Entrepreneur is not about being an entrepreneur who believes in God. You can be a “believer” who does not operate like a Spiritual Entrepreneur. Lots of people do it.

The decision to be a Spiritual Entrepreneur turns on your approach to life and business in general. Are you willing to accept yourself as divine and approach all that you do as the god or goddess that your spiritual birthright offers you? Are you willing to take the high road even when it does not benefit you or your bottom line?

When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Mattress Mack immediately opened his doors to anyone who could safely get to him. The cost of sheltering people would ultimately cost him $30,000 to $40,000 each day that they occupied his showroom floor. And, yet, for him, there was no other option but to be available to people and provide for people.

The high road will cost you something to take it. And, it will most certainly challenge you. But you can take that road as a Spiritual Entrepreneur because you know that “as we put Spirit first, we will be cared for” (McArthur). You can move with an unflappable sense of expectancy that my business will be provided for. I am not here simply to make a profit; at the same time, my giving shall prosper me.

The Courage to Believe in Infinite Supply

“If you make the great choice for the high road, the only requirement is that you attune yourself to the Spirit of God instead of to the illusory spirit of the world. Along with that requirement goes a better guarantee than you can get anywhere else: a guarantee of an infinite supply of all that you need. It is the law of supply: seek…first the spirit within and all shall be added you have need of” (McArthur).

Now that’s big talk!

My mentor, Rev. Mary, gave a talk on belief and how it is constructed. She said belief happens in the conscious mind — the intellect. Whatever you accept in your conscious mind becomes your belief and it governs your experience. Most people cannot fathom unlimited supply. And, because they cannot believe it, it never finds expression in their lives even though it is a reality of our universe.

The mind believes whatever you give it to pay attention to. The reason most people cannot fathom infinite supply is because they give the bulk of their attention to lack and limitation and their belief forms around it. Instead of noticing all that’s going right, they notice only what’s going wrong. Rather than highlight the positive, they zone in on the negative.

Then, at the end of the day, after they have given the majority of their attention to the world, they say a prayer. And, they want that one moment before they drop off to sleep to course correct all the mental destruction created throughout the day. The courage to believe in infinite supply begins by paying attention to all the little ways that infinite supply shows up in the forms we need just when we need them.

The Courage to Seek God in Our Businesses

I should probably mention that I see spiritual development and personal development as synonymous. Everything I do to develop myself personally is for the purpose of expressing God more fully in my life, world and affairs. The work I do to write better blog posts or deliver better content allows me to positively influence more people to wake up to their innate divinity.

So, the courage to seek God in our businesses comes from an understanding that even if I make a non-spiritual related product, I am still a representative of Infinite Good in the world. The people I serve depend upon me to deliver the fullest possible quantity and the best possible quality of service in whatever capacity I serve. Therefore, I make it a priority to seek God in my business.

“You seek the Spirit just as you seek a station on your radio or television set — you tune into its frequency (vibration)” (McArthur).

Tech entrepreneur May McCarthy shares her technique for seeking God in her business. When she built her company’s org chart, she listed herself as CEO — Chief Executive Officer — of course. But she put another position above the CEO and that was the CSO — Chief Spiritual Officer. That position belongs to God. And, every morning, she conducts a meeting with the CSO to go over the business of the day and to decide the priorities for the company. You can learn about her morning meetings with the CSO in her book The Path to Wealth.

Pathways to Developing Courage

Courage is a skill not a character trait. We tend to think of it as something that some have and others don’t. In reality, courage is a skill you can cultivate through the choices you make every day.

Let me give you five specific daily actions to develop courage:

Meditation

The daily practice of meditation teaches you to withdraw our attention at will. Without the skill of withdrawing our attention at will, we cannot make decisions based on upon infinite supply because we do not know how to pull our attention away from lack and limitation long enough to see something better. Meditation gives you the skill of being able to withdraw your attention from lack and limitation long enough to recognize it for the lie that it is.

Prayer

Prayers offers us the only avenue for lasting inner change. In the absence of prayer, we show up for life in the way we’ve always shown up for life. We make the same kinds of choices over and over and over again. But, when we resolve to meet our CSO every morning, we have an opportunity to ask for the courage to make the highest choice we can make at every point in our day.

Auto-Suggestion

Before you go to sleep each night, take a few minutes to program yourself to receive the answers to your most pressing business questions. About five minutes before you drift off to sleep, your conscious mind is at its least active and lowest ability to block any suggestion you make to the deeper mind (your subconsciousness). Say to yourself: “Thank You Spirit for the answer to this specific problem.”

Service to Others

Something magical happens when  you give. You open another dimension in yourself. Build in to your work a spirit of giving and you will find yourself open in a way you never imagined possible.

Define Your Why

When you know why you do what you do, what you do (and how you do it) takes on new energy. There’s a reason teams play better on the home court, or that you perform better when your mother is in the audience. Between every transition during your day from one activity to another, take a few minutes to clarify why you are doing what you do. Just this little change will shift everything for you.

Go Be Courageous

Hopefully, I have demystified courage and reminded you of what you already knew — you can develop the courage you need. Begin to make simple courageous choices today. Condition yourself for the big moments of life when you must face what frightens you. Practice standing firm in the face of whatever arises.

As a Spiritual Entrepreneur, you have consciously chosen the tougher path. The path itself is not innately tough. What makes the path tough is that it calls for you to show up differently than other entrepreneurs. The low road may be easier to find and certainly will be well worn. But the Spiritual Entrepreneur dares to take the high road.

In the comments below, let me know which of the daily action you will incorporate into your morning routine. Our lives are the experiences of our choices. Let us reach for the highest choices we can make and dare to live the spiritual life!


A Testimony for The Money Poems

“I experienced how The Money Poems work one day while cooking dinner. I’d just started reciting my poems two days prior, when our internet went out at the house.

My mother had gotten out of the hospital a few weeks prior. Since my parents are retired, the hospital stay altered their monthly income. Basically, things were tight and my father needed an extra week to pay the full amount.

He called to get an extension and reconnection of services. The customer service representative told him there was nothing that could be done until the full amount was paid.

When my dad told me what was said, I encouraged him to call back. I also suggested my mother be with him on the phone for the second call.

As my parents sat in the home office waiting to speak to a representative for the second time, I completed dinner and picked up my copy of The Money Poems. I began reciting, softly, the poem of the day, which was Wednesday. I would recite the poem and go back to reading the book.

Once I heard them on the phone with the new representative and his supervisor, I continuously recited the Wednesday poem. I was relaxed and smiling every time I recited the poem. Once I felt completely at ease, I stopped and continued to read the book.

When my parents completed their phone call, they informed me that the supervisor saw they’d never been disconnected before and agreed to turn on the internet service within the hour. I smiled to myself and announced dinner was ready.”

~ Dee Johnson (Houston, TX)

If You Only Read One Article About Self Mastery, Read This One

Aristotle says, “The hardest victory is victory over self.”

That victory — the path to self mastery — begins with knowing yourself. Unfortunately, as McArthur writes in Your Life, “it is easy to turn away from the task of finding self because we do not realize its importance nor fully understand what it means…Finding self is the most important thing you have to do — it is (or should be) top priority.”

I believe that, more than anything else, humankind lacks in self awareness. If we really knew who we are, all divisions of race, class, gender, etc would fall away in an instant.

The more you grasp your true nature, the less you feel the need to compare yourself to others. The truly self aware woman is afraid of nothing!

Self Mastery Rule #1: Stop Seeking a Co-Signer

“Realize that you are the most important person in your world. What you see out there and what you think, feel, experience, and know is your own world. In fact, it is your universe. No other person sees it the way you do” (McArthur).

When you learn to rely completely on your self, you obliterate fear of what others may think or say and you kill any fear of an inability to accomplish whatever you set out to do. You do not need a co-signer to realize your dreams.
The moment you decide that what is true in your heart shall be true in your everyday life, all the universe conspires to help you. People show up from near and far to support you.

As that early New Thought pioneer Helen Wilmans wrote in The Conquest of Poverty, “all the world falls into step with the woman who walks, careless of who follows, with the air of one who knows she is a master.”

Paradoxically, the moment you stop looking for agreement and approval from others, you get it.

Self Mastery Rule #2: Take Your Mask Off

“People are afraid of what their friends or the public or society will say, and most of all are afraid of failure if they attempt anything other than that which, in some accidental way, they find themselves to be already engaged in doing” (Wilmans).

We are so afraid to stand out, to be different. All the joy you could ever imagine lies on the other side of your fear of rejection. Inevitably, when you take off the mask of personality and dare to step out into your individuality, the people who most relate to you come forward.

You didn’t even know they were there until you dare to step one foot outside of your comfort zone. What would happen if you would just go ahead and throw that other foot out there? You may find that you have a veritable army of supporters standing with you. But you will never find out until you take a chance and be your true, authentic self.

Self Mastery Rule #3:  No One is Greater or Lesser Than You

“All of us come from the same source and were created equal, each being a child of God and each having God within us…Your true needs, wants, desires, hopes, dreams, wishes, and their fulfillment are as important as those of any other soul in existence” (McArthur).

No matter where you fall on the spectrum of believing in or denying your self worth, your goal is to come back to the middle and realize that no one is greater and no one is lesser than you.

My needs do not trump yours and your needs do not trump mine. In the eyes of God and those who have surrendered to God, we each matter equally.

So we need to master those thoughts that  pump us up and make us feel like we’ve got a leg up on someone else; in like manner, we need to temper those thoughts that put others who admire on pedestals as if they’re better than us.

This rule of self mastery applies to present day people as well as those who have died.

Self Mastery Rule #4: Grow Through Service to Others

“Service to others is one of the basic requirements for spiritual growth…As you honor, respect, and love your own unique individuality, so you honor, respect, and love the individuality of others” (McArthur).

Whenever I have trouble with this rule of self mastery, I remind myself that I am created in the image/likeness of the Original Giver, God. Giving is an indispensable part of my divine nature. I give because that’s how I was created.

Mahatma Ghandi said, “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Something comes alive in you when you give generously to others.

If you truly desire self mastery, make service to others a non-negotiable priority.

Self Mastery Rule #5: Prioritize Your Self Care

“If you wish to help others…[let] your first priority be to care for self spiritually, mentally, and physically…You must first ‘save’ self if you would ‘save’ another” (McArthur).

You cannot give what you do not have. In a recent class, I asked a student to hand a $100 to demonstrate this lesson. She looked at me with a quizzical look but I insisted. Finally, she said, “Rev. Sherri, I don’t have that amount of money.”

My response: “Exactly! You cannot give me what you do not have. Therefore, there is no such thing as loving someone else more than you love yourself.”

Whatever you want to give to another — whether it be your child, your family, or society in general — first give it to yourself. Before Moses could free the Israelites from Egyptian rule, he had to spend 40 years in the Midian Desert freeing  his own mind from the bonds of slavery.

Make your daily self-care your highest priority. Be willing to start with five minutes per day. As you stretch to make you a priority, others ideas for self care and self nurture will come.

Self Mastery Rule #6: Trust Your Gut

“Give of yourself…only to that point at which you do not feel depleted — physically, mentally, or emotionally. You do not move in opposition to what feels right for you, even if this conflicts with another” (McArthur).

I learned this lesson years ago when I belonged to a church in Philadelphia. Caught up in the euphoria that comes from giving, I over-gave. I volunteered so much that they literally created an award to give me for volunteerism.

When I left that church because I was moving to Los Angeles for film school, I found that I had no desire to join a church. Even though I was doing good, my giving depleted me. I learned in a very visceral way that you can only give from the interest, never from the principle.

My classmate, Rev. Doral Pulley has an excellent example with a cup and a saucer.  He explains that what is in the cup is for you and only what spills over from the cup onto the saucer is for others. I am responsible for filling my cup (through self care) so that something spills over onto the saucer. But if nothing spills over, then that’s my clue that I have nothing to give right now.

Challenge yourself to give but never give when it does not feel right in your gut.

Self Mastery Rule #7: Mind Your Own Spiritual Business

“You and I are responsible for our own well-being and not that of anyone else. You came into the earth alone and will leave the same way…You have others with whom you experience life, but with this existence you are not responsible for them” (McArthur).

As wise as you are, you do not know what is best for another person…not even your child. As a parent, you must stay in constant communication with Spirit to know that you are making the right decisions for your child’s development.

How often do we get to adulthood and it’s the thing our parents didn’t do that puts us on the therapist’s couch?

Self Mastery Rule #8: Form Good Habits

“We can restore the power we have given away to others or to our lower nature, fears, doubts, and confusion…As we become master of our lower self, so all things, conditions, and elements become subject unto you” (McArthur).

We spend an inordinate amount of time trying to control things in the outer, not knowing that the control we seek would readily give itself to us if we prioritized controlling things in the inner.

Good habits are hard to form but easy to live with; conversely, bad habits are easy to form but hard to live with. Give yourself the gift of good habits. Yes, it takes some doing to wake up thirty earlier to get some spiritual development into your day. But the rewards are great for the one who will commit.

Yes, it is easy to take a shortcut or cut corners when no one is looking. But the universe always mirrors back to us exactly what we have done. Push yourself to do the right thing even without the promise a reward in the end.

As you release bad habits and replace them with good habits, you develop an inner control that brings all things under your control; you come believe as David believed: “You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, all sheep and oxen, and all the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the path of the seas” (Psalm 8:6-8).

Your Next Step

You always have a choice. Will you step onto the path of self mastery? Or, will you shrink from the challenge of conquering yourself? It will be hardest victory you ever accomplish but it will be the one that means the most.

Self mastery belongs to everyone not the privileged few. Each person who elects to put in the daily work it requires shall receive the prizes it promises. We may not each arrive at the same time but the victory has been assured for the one who commits to begin and refuses to give up.


A Testimony for The Money Poems

“I experienced how The Money Poems work one day while cooking dinner. I’d just started reciting my poems two days prior, when our internet went out at the house.

My mother had gotten out of the hospital a few weeks prior. Since my parents are retired, the hospital stay altered their monthly income. Basically, things were tight and my father needed an extra week to pay the full amount.

He called to get an extension and reconnection of services. The customer service representative told him there was nothing that could be done until the full amount was paid.

When my dad told me what was said, I encouraged him to call back. I also suggested my mother be with him on the phone for the second call.

As my parents sat in the home office waiting to speak to a representative for the second time, I completed dinner and picked up my copy of The Money Poems. I began reciting, softly, the poem of the day, which was Wednesday. I would recite the poem and go back to reading the book.

Once I heard them on the phone with the new representative and his supervisor, I continuously recited the Wednesday poem. I was relaxed and smiling every time I recited the poem. Once I felt completely at ease, I stopped and continued to read the book.

When my parents completed their phone call, they informed me that the supervisor saw they’d never been disconnected before and agreed to turn on the internet service within the hour. I smiled to myself and announced dinner was ready.”

~ Dee Johnson (Houston, TX)