BIBLICAL MASTERS PART 2
This is Part 2 of Business Lessons from the Bible – The Teachings of Abraham with the focus on to ultimately become more successful, generate more clients by doing something you may not have thought of before and facing your dark side.
Firstly, this is something a little bit different. I have not really explicitly shared before the teachings I found inspiring and seeing how these appy to your business life. This is relevant whether you are starting a new business,you are an entrepreneur, even if you have been up and running with a business for many years or, indeed if you are in a job and want to become more successful within that.
There is a teaching that Abraham followed. He was told, the Hebrew is Lech-Lecha, which means go forth, go on a journey. Traditionally, this is talking about he is literally going from A to B, from one place to another, from the country, from Ur of [inaudible 00:01:30] where he was born and he eventually ends up in the land of Israel, but actually on a deeper level, how he is journeying within.
WHAT YOU MUST LEAVE BEHIND
He is told he has to leave three things. The land he was born in, the birthplace, his cultural background and a his father’s house. If we consider this as an internal journey, think of all the areas where you may be basically held back by either the country you were born in, in terms of the mindset. Maybe there are things culturally which hold you back.
I think of me. There is certainly a whole English thing about not speaking out. We must not have our voice heard too much or we should not be too American. When I go back now, everyone says “Oh, you’re so LA”. This is basically because I am communicating what I am thinking and am more in touch with my emotions in some way. I mean no disrespect to my fellow countrymen and women.
Also think about how you are held back by early childhood patterns, by the parental voice that says, “You’ll never amount to anything” or “You’ll be successful but don’t speak too loudly.” One thing for me was making sure I am liked by other people. “Don’t speak up too much. Don’t get rejected because that’s a great way to survive, by making sure I’m being accepted”.,
It has been a very, very helpful lesson. However by not speaking up too much, it also means that I did not share my teachings with too many people because what would happen if I upset some people? This does occasionally happen but that is not the intention today.
WHERE DOES THE JOURNEY TAKE YOU?
So what I really want you to think about is what is the journey? Like Abraham, what is the journey you need to take in terms of getting rid of some cultural baggage, unhelpful parental beliefs, ideas from your home country or culture? What is it that you need to do? Where can you speak up more?
FACE THE DARK SIDE
Stage one is to journey within. Then there is something else which Abraham does. He has the experience where, as the sun is setting we are told a great darkness falls upon him. He has a huge terror and experiences divinity, a godliness. He gets in touch with God, but only when he actually travels through and really faces this dark side. So, this is not so jolly! This is the flipside, the shadow side to the whole happy clappy spirituality. But what is the darkness within you? What is the stuff you are avoiding? Where are you not being the person you really want to be? Where are you not being as kind to people as you could? Where are you short-tempered with other people?
Again, I think back. There were certainly times when I snapped in the past or had been arrogant, things, behaviors which did not serve me well, which definitely cost me jobs and cost me clients over the years. We really have to face this. it is like looking in the mirror and thinking ugh, this is ugly! I do not want to be looking at this. I do not want to look at these parts of myself. it is much easier to blame it on other people and to say no, that person is arrogant or that person has an attitude rather than seeing okay, I had the attitude, I had to change.
So what is the darkness? What are the things you are avoiding within yourself? The easiest way to see it is often when you are blaming other people,if you are angry at someone else or if there is someone else you really dislike because of a certain behavior. I tend to use this as a mirror. If someone else bothers me these days, if something is really getting to me, I think okay, well where is this behaviour or attitude within my personality? What do I have I to cleanse within myself? And go to that place.
FACING THE FEAR
You may find you have this great terror as Abraham faced. But if you hang with it, then you can pass through it and reach a state of light. You can get to a state of peace, of purity, of godliness. You can really cleanse but only when you face this darkness. Abraham’s main quality is according to the Kabbalah is known as Chesed, which means loving kindness or absolute giving. He really gives from the heart.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
So the question is “What is the dark side of your giving?” You may be incredibly kind to other people, peaceful to other people and say wonderful things to other people but where are you not kind to yourself? Where are you holding back from saying good words to yourself? Do you wake up in the morning and think why am I not successful? Why do I not have a Maserati? Why am I still single? Why am I unable to take three vacations a year? Why do I not have more staff? I am this old; why have I not achieved more?
Now if you said this to someone else, what would their response be? I mean they would probably never speak to you again. If it was a client then forget it; it is all over. Yet we have no trouble saying this to ourselves. I will not go into which of those things I would say to myself— actually I would probably say a version of all of the above or have done at various points. Imagine what this would do if you said it to other people. Now imagine what it is going to do to your soul, to your heart. What is it doing to you if you speak in this way to yourself? So today’s practice is to take this loving kindness and really focus on saying kind words to yourself, on supporting yourself as you would like to support other people.
So point number one is journey within. See which of these cultural baggages, which parental baggages, which unhelpful beliefs you need to jettison, to let go of. Number two, face the dark side. What is the stuff about your personality you’re avoiding? Number three, see how you can be kinder to yourself.
HOW DOES THIS HELP ME IN BUSINESS
This may raise the question: “Okay, how is this going to help my business? How are you going to make more money from this? How are you going to get more clients? What is the business mastery lesson from the bible? If you are able to fully round yourself to create a stronger vessel, to be a more grounded person, to really iron these parts out of your personality then you are naturally going to become more magnetic to other people. You will attract more clients, open up for more money to come your way, become a much more stronger and solid vessel to receive. And once you have ironed these things out, there is basically more space for more good things to come your way.
Why not try this out and see how it goes? I would love to hear your thoughts. There’s a box below so please fill on how this has resonated for you, what are the beliefs you need to let go of, what success can you see yourself stepping in. You can find the Story of Abraham in the early chapters of Genesis where you can see the story of Abraham.
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