Let’s talk about grace but before we do let’s feel it
Let’s breath into that space that in us all that trusts that it know what it knows that can let life dance, surrender and be present in the moment and let go, that wise part of our being that hears and sees and feels the most outrageous things and smiles!
Let’s open with some words from Rupi Kaur
It was when i stopped searching for home within others
And lifted the foundations of home within myself
I found there were no roots more intimate
Than those between a mind and body That have decided to be whole
Last week I was speaking with a graceful man and without prompting he said ‘oh grace that’s hard’ and like all things it is simple and it isn’t. It’s our natural state. It’s the baby that lies in the crib amused, entertained, giggling, looking at nothing and everything, checking out it’s toes and fingers. Fascinated !!!
Grace is beyond control and fear. It just is. Where there is grace, there is no interference, no gap between two people, no hidden agenda.
We all want grace, to be graceful. Yet few of us can master it.
It’s all in and it’s truly unattached. It’s pure power. It’s presence.
It’s forgiving, curious, non judgemental
To cultivate this trait, one needs awareness of one’s shadow and to have owned it. One needs integration of the anima and animus that we spoke about in #05 Divinity.
You need to be aware of how your actions impact others. Become empathetic and thoughtful, so when you meet or interact with others, to be graceful you enter the conversation with an open mind and heart, with no hidden agenda or secrets.
You wear no mask and others allow you to penetrate theirs.
To review the journey to grace:
1. The first step is Commitment
In every life you are meant to commit. That is why the word is commit-meant. Commitment gives you character.
Character is when all your characteristics – all facets, flaws and facts – are under your control. You’re being and doing natue, yin and yang masculine and femines are balanced. Character gives you dignity.
Dignity is when people start trusting you, liking you, respecting you because you have character and they see you walking your talk. You may still be doubting yourself but you are well on your way to becoming your future self. You are living your values and consequently you are building a reputation of a person of value. Dignity will give you divinity.
Divinity is when people have no duality about you. They trust you right away. They have no fear about you. They feel you are who you say you are. Divinity gives you grace.
With grace, there is no interference, no gap between two people, no hidden agenda. Grace gives you the power to sacrifice which we’ll talk about next week.
Now let’s bring it back to tangible circumstances and contexts for creative leaders and entrepreneurs. Using our guiding principles of the yamas and niyamas, here are five points illustrating the embodiment of grace when harnessed through their principles lead to freedom, success, fulfillment, and meaning.
Ahimsa (Non-Violence): When you are a successful entrepreneur or creative leader there are real pressures of maintaining a polished image while excelling in a competitive environment. Infusing your actions and intentions with kindness and compassion helps you stand out as you maintain poise under pressure. You have the power of presence while those around you may be losing their cool. You know that true grace stems from treating yourself and others with respect and understanding. Riding the wave of balancing the demands of looking good, feeling good, and doing good, you foster a supportive and inclusive environment, uplifting those around you by being a role model for prioritising your own well-being.
Satya (Truthfulness): Honesty and authenticity form the backbone of your endeavors. You lead by embracing the power of clear communication, in her work and personal interactions. By communicating your ideas, opinions, and intentions with transparency, you cultivate a reputation built on integrity and trust. Through your commitment to Satya, you forge meaningful connections with clients, collaborators, and yourself, paving the way for ongoing success in environments that traditionally are rife with burnout and ageism.
Asteya (Non-Stealing): In a highly competitive landscape, you navigate the demands of success while adhering to the principles of Asteya. You understand that abundance is an inside out practice and attitude of generosity. Sharing your knowledge and wisdom and creating your own unique contributions creates satisfaction, freedom and long term success as you build your reputation and brand legacy. You shun unethical practices, and actively acknowledge the intellectual property and ideas of others. By valuing the collaborative and co-creative nature of the work you practice fair play and ethical conduct, which further enhances your reputation and makes you a sought after role model in your industry by delivering excellence while demonstrating the principles of grace.
Brahmacharya (Self-Restraint): Amidst the fast-paced nature of your industry, you embrace the essence of Brahmacharya to find balance by sustaining your physical, mental and spiritual. you recognize the importance of a daily practice to set up your day and you consciously assign tasks to suit your energy thereby conserving it with clear boundaries in place to avoid burnout. By nurturing your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being, you tap into your creative potential and achieve success. You value the practice and discipline of accessing your imagination to channel new ideas and innovative solutions. Embracing self-discipline and developing self-mastery, you optimize your productivity and maintain a harmonious equilibrium between looking good, feeling good, and doing good. You are committed to your evolution and growth and honour your vision, mission by cultivating a sincere and co-creative relationship with the mystical and material realms.
Aparigraha (Non-Attachment): As you meet the challenges inevitable challenges of life personally and professionaly, you gracefully embrace the principle of Aparigraha - Non-Attachment. While striving for excellence and pursuing your goals, you consciously cultivate unattachment to external validation and outcomes. You live by your own values and set your own standards. By letting go of the need for constant recognition and being at the whim of others approval you can embrace the present moment, and find freedom and fulfillment in the process of evolution and growth. This mindset allows you to channel your energy into greater creative endeavors, making a meaningful impact and finding profound purpose beyond the trappings of external success - you can enjoy all the fruits of your labour without thinking they are you.
Using these principles while navigating a highly competitive compare contrast world you find immense joy in your contribution and impact. You embody grace by practicing these principles. On the journey to happiness you'll have struck a harmonious balance between looking good, feeling good, and doing good. And that's the name of the of this life game isn't it?
Journeying from committing to your future self, practicing the behaviours this person, YOU, embodies has given you the dignity to progress to own your divinity and embody the grace of someone who has earned the freedom and success, fulfillment, and deep meaning in your life and work shining as an example of the transformative power of living in alignment with your true nature. You'll definitely be a role model and a magnet for other 'who want what you're having.'
And you know what this gives you. It gives you the power to sacrifice which we’ll talk about next week.
Until then I wish you grace as you explore and discover the power of the expansive energy that is jupiter in Taurus which is perfect timing to speak about grace.
Jupiter in Taurus wants you to explore pleasure through all your senses. It invites you to apply your knowledge giving you experiential embodied wisdom. Taurus is root and sacral chakra asking your to build the foundations for the realisation of your long term goals. Jupiter has a 12 year cycle. Last year it was in Aries - house of self - taking actions to create your self-respect and self-esteem. Now its in Taurus, what does that self worth and how will you create your actions in alignment with your values in a sustainable, self-nurturing and pleasurable way.
Not rushing, patience pays.
There is power in presence. Connect with the earth, with nature, embrace who and what you are. Allow the expansive energy of Jupiter to amplify your incarnate needs for health, wealth, pleasure and desire.
This is life force energy. Vitality, aliveness, raw and real. Wonder and wildness.
Remember Taurus is a fixed sign energy. Anything can be birthed during this time. Intentionally plant your seeds well with this Taurus New Moon on May 20th so they can root and shoot with this amplified Jupiterian power. they can and realising. Enjoy and thank you for listening.
Using these 7 steps shows how you can help others love the life they are living while building the legacy they are proud to grow into. Please share and review, its how we can amplify the power of these ideas. Wouldn’t the world be better for everyone if we all behaved with grace.
Grace can only be present when you’ve realised you don’t control everything - Your ego may rebel at first but phew that also means you’re not responsible for everything
Remember the ego is striving and never arriving. In its view you’ll never have quite the right relationship big enough house or not live int he right suburb or there might be another million to make a few kilos to lose and more books to read and courses to take. Your ego is invested in its ongoing en=mployment and while you need it to imagine you can write that book or make that speech - keep it in check. Ask is this my ego talking or do I really want to go to outer Mongolia?
Next week we'll talk about sacrifice, don't worry you are not going to have to give anything up unless you want to - of course :-)
If you love these themes and topics there are two ways to work with me and some tools you can use in your day to day.
Brand Strategy Workshop - Essence, Experience, Expression
The immaterial by design collection and there are some free resources