Kai Sacred Business Section:
Sacred means "devoted to a single purpose". This section can be used for both personal reasons as how do you devote your energy during the day and what is the dream you are creating? How do you align with this dream? It is also a section for Kai facilitators to explore when they are looking into how to set up a business for themselves that aligns them with their spirit, creativity, heart and purpose. The world of commerce is shifting just like everything else and there is a new way to approach business. This portion of the manual is exploring these changes and how to apply some unique ways to align, grow and flourish.
Sowing, Germination, Sprouting, Proliferation, Budding, Blossoming, and Fruition
The seed: Everything begins in nature from a seed. Find your deepest inner truths and align them into a direction you wish to follow. This is like finding your "north star", your purpose and yet it's more open to possibilities and nurtures thru cycles. Finding your SEED and tending the soil is a process clarifying, intention setting, and or dreaming. Knowing what you want to manifest can be done with both sides of the brain ( a left sided approach would look more like a traditional business plan, and a right sided approach more like a collage or the like). Get it down on paper...somehow. This part can always be tweaked and will need that constant pruning as you go along.
Sowing the seeds: Sowing is the process of tending the earth that you are planning to put seeds into. For our purpose of sacred business, it's the inner reflections on what you truly want and how much energy/time/dedication you want to spend taking care of those seeds. This is the important task of asking within some deep questions. "Do I feel passionate and deeply drawn to these desires?" "Will this passion and drive be rich enough soil to feed my seeds when there is a drought, or problems come in?" Creating is a natural desire and healthy side effect of being in balance and harmonious with
ourselves and world around us. Creating and making a living at it is a relatively new concept as the "old" statement of "starving artist" is still in the mind constructs of our society. We need to tend all these places so our seeds have rich soil. Noticing and releasing thought patterns that take away nurturance in the soil we are planting.
Germination: Wikipedia states: Germination is the process by which a plant grows from a seed. The most common example of germination is the sprouting of a seedling from a seed of an angiosperm or gymnosperm. However the growth of a sporeling from a spore, for example the growth of hyphae from fungal spores, is also germination. In a more general sense, germination can imply anything expanding into greater being from a small existence or germ, a method that is commonly used by many seed germination projects.
This is the stage where you have stated your business plan, got it on paper, got clear. Now you are taking steps, and seeing things happen. What do you do with the outcome? You may be faced with all kinds of challenges as you surely will if you are re- directing your energy away from a previous direction and re-aligning to something quite new...the universe works this way. The moment you say you want something, there is bound to be some conflict resolution and refining that you'll have to do to stay on course. From a coaching perspective this is where you refine your strategies....you notice all of it, the good , the bad , and the direction you want to go and you stay flexible to finding creative solutions. Tending to a sacred business means there is no separation between you self and your business- it's all connected. You expanding and sprouting is a process of personal growth...Energize the positive evidence of growth, ALOT....and also stay grounded in the truth and always looking for ways to keep the momentum moving forward.
Sprouting: Sprouting is when your sacred business/goals have gotten moving; you have reached or feel the direction that your business is flowing, you've overcome many obstacles and yet still are watching closely and navigating with deep attention to detail. You are past some of the "start up" investments, and yet still learning and watching. This is in the range of 3 months to 3 years. In a baby it's the phase where the baby can sit up, creep and crawl and you still have to really watch and make sure baby is safe and it's needs are cared for....yet there is a deeper relaxation as a parent that the child has overcome some of it's more vulnerable years.
Proliferation: This is a state of intense growth. New cells form systems and new parts are created. This is a stage that truly encompasses finding others: finding people to collaborate with, finding "networking allies" (people in a similar field that you can work with to make business expand for all). Sustainability in nature is dependent on everything around it, the whole...this is a new sense of responsibility we can take in growing out of the old competition model and into a collective webbing of support to lift each other up and co-create.
Budding and Blossoming: This is when you start to see rewards; the visual evidence of your creation taking shape. You can sit back and really see all the beauty of your hard word. It's a beginning of another kind as it's still a baby...but it's HERE. Feel the strength in the vulnerable...stay real. Keep finding those "pushes" to bring your creation forward in a bigger way. How big do you want your bloom? This is a great time to reaccess and go back to the strategies as it's a time to plan- not to back off too much. Re do your business goals, define a new marketing strategy, look for new ways you can make things grow further. You are not out of the woods. A great tip is to find a mentor, coach or friend to help you stay energized! This is often a time people get tired, feel they've reached their limit or get bored...Allow the beauty of your creation to inspire you to take it to the next level.
Fruition: Websters says: completion: a state or point in which something has come to maturity or had a desired outcome. This is where your goals have been reached, you have created something you can be proud of and let it go...enjoying the intended outcome and letting it go...for a fruit tree this is when a tree makes the fruit that has the seeds for other trees to be planted. You might think of this stage as the stage of having a dream that reaches beyond your small dream...that you can then see will continue on in some way with all the lives you've touched, all the people you've inspired who have witnessed you, and the gifts you have brought to your community. It is truly a blessing to keep creating...and offering your beauty to the world.
Business can be beautiful, inspiring, life giving, enriching to a community and supportive of art while also making GREEN ENERGY—or money. There are lots of resources to explore your personal beliefs and create new ones you'd like to hold regarding making money. This is important work to do not just for yourself but for a changing shifting world. Here are a list of recommended reading regarding sacred business and money:
Love is the New Currency by Linda Commito
Life Organizer by Jennifer Louden
Leadership and the New Science: Discovering order in a Chaotic World
The Vortex by Esther and Jerry Hicks
The Right Brain Business Plan by Jennifer Lee
Beeing Attraction: What love has to do with Business and Marketing by Jan Stringer and Alan Hickman
The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
Money: A love Story by Kat Northrup