Unleashing Faith In Business

After being an entrepreneur for almost a decade (at the writing of this article) I can guarantee you that things are not always a “bed of roses,” sometimes that “bed of roses” has some thorns in it. What do I mean by that? I mean that there has been ups and downs, trying times, and times when I felt like “Is this business stuff really meant for me?” Yes, it’s all good now, almost ten years later, but it sure wasn’t always that way.

What kept me going? One of the biggest things that kept me motivated was faith. I prayed and asked God for divine direction and divine wisdom. I also asked Him for divine strength. And I remembered that I wasn’t in the business world all alone. Entrepreneurship is fun and rewarding, but that doesn’t mean that there are not struggles.

One of my biggest struggles as an entrepreneur was when my 2 week old grandson passed away. I was going through a lot, but I still had to stay focused on what I was doing in business. I had to tap into my faith and divine strength so that I could keep going “in the midst” of so much pain. Maybe you haven’t faced what I faced, but we all face something, but the key is not to give up.

Remember that God has called you to business for a reason, but that doesn’t mean that things will always be easy, but what it does mean is that you will have the grace to overcome any roadblocks, and can be an amazing and successful entrepreneur. And it means that because you are operating in divine purpose you can live a more meaningful and fulfilling life. One that makes you excited to get out of bed and looking forward to serving others. A life that is built on the foundation of faith, happiness, and peace. A life that gives you an abundance of freedom emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and financially. And a life that you deserve. So remember that faith works in life and in business.

Dr. Shauntel Peak-Jimenez is the founder of The Character and Self-Esteem (CASE) Institute where she provides life coach training and certification to purpose-driven individuals. She specializes in providing inspiration and education to help others transform their purpose into profit.

Wisdom From the Universe: Navigating Life’s Daily Challenges

Can you imagine a day in which you wake up feeling good, no pressure ahead of you, and everything that transpires over the course of the day is calm, relaxed, and uneventful? More importantly, could you imagine an entire week like this, one in which there is nothing pressing to worry about, such as bills or an overly-demanding job?

It certainly sounds wonderful on one hand and yet on the other it may read like an article of fiction, as life to you was never designed to be that way. Problems are a natural part of life. Being in debt is the dark side of the American dream, and for many, getting ahead seems to be an elusive ideal. A time to escape all of these hectic feelings is supposed to be a planned vacation, yet a lifestyle mindset cannot be switched off with the snap of a finger.

Personal Transformation

So then the idea of personal transformation sounds appealing. Somehow the many self-help practitioners available will tell you about religious or spiritual principles and teachings. But those teachings usually involve dependency on a being, the teacher, a Source, or some other divine presence. Then when nothing changes and life goes on as it always has, the reality of a life of struggle feels acceptable over time.

Eventually a person will begin to believe they are less than in some way because they are underpaid, under-valued, under-utilized, under water with debt, and/or working non-stop to try to fix it all. It creates an inferior attitude and mindset, ensuring the pattern continues.

A Time of Awakening

But then someone begins to awaken and see the world around them differently. How does this happen? When they discover they have the ultimate power of control, they determine how their life unfolds, and there is access to wisdom of the universe they can find through their own mind.

This is the message this teacher has for you. You need never be dependent on anyone. You need not wait for a divine being, the universe, a spiritual teacher, or anyone else to impart words.

Even the words written here are available to you as you learn to concentrate and focus your mind, switching from conscious to the subconscious thoughts. There you can seek wisdom and knowledge. There you can seek the purpose of your life and what steps you should take.

Everything and every place serve a purpose, yet when you are in a receptive mindset you can gain greater clarity and understanding, which means you can find peace. Instead of treating life as a struggle, you can treat it as a puzzle, following the path according to the plan.

A universal truth is this: Your unique outcomes all have a purpose and meaning. There is nothing mundane or meaningless. All has value in life, all jobs and all relationships.

Will you solve every problem with the wisdom you access as you learn to control your thoughts and listen? Not likely or not right away. But you will gain the insight necessary to know the best course of action to take as you navigate your life.

I am a teacher of the Laws of the Universe, and the wisdom I share helps to address questions people have as they embark on a journey of self-discovery, self-development, and self-awakening. This knowledge is not affiliated with any religion or religious institution as it is based upon the wisdom of mankind. I do not claim to have any special powers or gifts, only a natural ability to listen to a higher frequency, and through focused listening I am able to tap into this endless source of life and wisdom. This is my story, my journey, and I am ready to share it with others. To learn more about the resources available, please visit

Finding Emotional Intelligence in Negative Emotions – Positive Purpose in Sadness Anger and Fear

Emotional Intelligence is severely undervalued. When you feel stuck, frustrated, stressed, upset, or overwhelmed, skillful emotional awareness is the key to moving forward. Underneath your upset is a specific emotion that can guide you. The key, then, is to understand the messages in your feelings and become skillful in using their energy appropriately.

Even so-called “negative emotions,” such as sadness, anger, and fear, convey important information and energy to carry out specific actions that can help you and others. Emotions arise with a purpose and when this purpose is fulfilled the feeling subsides. Unfortunately, as a society, we have not learned to understand and sufficiently value emotional energy and information, so we tend to deal with these feelings crudely.

For example, with an emotion like anger, you might express it explosively or shove it under the surface, because you do not want to act angrily. Either you express your feelings reactively or cease feeling altogether.

Emotional Intelligence expert, Karla McLaren, describes a healthy third alternative. She says you can facilitate the healthy flow of emotions by consciously “channeling” the information and energy that emotions provide. In other words, emotions contain meaningful messages along with energy to do something related to those messages. This is true for so-called “negative” emotions as well as “positive” ones.

For example, McLaren suggests that:

• ANGER arises when you, or someone or something you love, is threatened and you need to take protective action or set a firm boundary.

• SADNESS arises when you need to let go of what no longer serves you or what is past, so you can move forward.

• FEAR arises to prompt you to take preventative action.

• JOY prompts you toward expansive, expressive, creative action.

• COMPASSION prompts you to care for others.

So, every emotion has a MESSAGE and ENERGY to carry out a specific type of action. Tuning into your emotions helps you to receive these messages and take these actions.

Let’s explore the first three of these emotions in more depth. Sadness, anger, and fear are often misunderstood and handled poorly. We tend to repress them, stay stuck in them, or express them unskillfully, with negative consequences.

So, as you work with these emotions, it’s important to do so Mindfully. Approach them as a curious observer with an attitude of paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment. Know that emotions are simply information about yourself, others, and events, along with energy to do something about this information. They do not define who you are and they will pass as you gather their information and take appropriate action.

(Note: If you feel overwhelmed or paralyzed by feelings to the point where you are unable to consciously process them yourself, seek the assistance of a counseling professional who is trained to work with intense emotions.)

The Positive Purpose of Sadness

The purpose of sadness is to enable you to let go of what is no longer working or what is past and finished. Sadness is a watery downward-flowing energy that enables you to release what no longer serves you, so you can return to fluidity and flexibility in your life.

By allowing appropriate sadness to flow through you, you’ll make space for new energy and new possibilities. If you do not consciously acknowledge sadness or don’t know how to flow with it, you’ll bury it inside, where it will perpetually cycle, or you’ll get lost in the feeling and be overwhelmed.

Here’s a practice adapted from Karla McLaren’s book, “The Language of Emotions,” that can help you consciously process feelings of sadness.

1. When you feel sadness flood into you, take some quiet, private time to center into the feeling. Tune into the sensation of sadness, locate where it resides in your body, and approach it with curiosity to learn what it has to tell you.

2. Take a deep in-breath as if you are filling your whole body with your breath. As you exhale, make a sighing sound, and feel the energy of your sadness flowing like water down through your body, through your legs and feet, and down into the ground.

3. Stay centered in your inner space and ask your sadness the question: “What needs to be released or let go right now?” Don’t rush to fill in an answer. Instead, keep the question open. Listen and feel inside.

Repeat your sighing breath down through your body as many times as you feel the need and keep your question open for your deeper knowing to respond. You may find you know right away what you need to release or you may find it becomes clear later. Either way, tuning into sadness (or any emotion) mindfully initiates a process of discovery and integration that will help you move forward.

The Positive Purpose of Anger

Anger arises to create and preserve personal boundaries and safeguard personal space. You feel angry when a personal boundary or the boundary of someone or something you care for is disrupted or violated. When you are able to identify the source of the perceived threat and use the energy available in anger to strengthen your personal space and take appropriate action, anger will recede. It will have accomplished its purpose.

Here’s a practice adapted from McLaren to gather the information and use the energy in your anger:

1. When you feel anger rising, focus inside your body and become more in-touch with the felt sensation. Approach the feeling with curiosity to learn more about it.

2. Take a deep in-breath. As you exhale, imagine and feel as if the energy in your anger travels outward into a sphere about an arms-width around you, your personal boundary, strengthening it with a brilliant color. Do this until you feel a shift in your energy, so you are witnessing, feeling, and working with the energy in your anger without being consumed by it.

3. Ask your anger this question: “What needs to be protected or restored?”

4. Then ask, “What action will restore healthy boundaries and protect what is important?”

These questions help you identify what feels threatened, so you can take appropriate action. Try this when anger arises and see how it works for you.

The Positive Purpose of Fear

We’ve been told “Fear is what holds us back” and “The only thing to fear is fear itself.” If we can just overcome our fears, we’ll be able to live full-out and realize our hopes and dreams. But, what if this perennial wisdom regarding fear is missing something? What if fear in its essential form is one of our wise guides?

Emotions have three primary forms: unconscious reactive expression, a repressed cycling state, and a healthy free-flowing state. It may be that we are only familiar with the first two forms of fear: a reactive expression that makes us cower and a repressed state which creates constant low-level anxiety.

Fear in its healthy free-flowing form is something altogether different. What if fear can signal intuitive awareness of something that needs attention? What if it can alert you to important action?

This form of fear is a sixth sense that reaches out through your personal space to pick up signals about what is happening inside you, with others, and in your environment. Fear can alert you to what is happening in your own body. It can alert you to the actions and intentions of the people around you and to conditions in the environment. When you learn to discern this information, it can help you can choose wise actions.

To learn to use fear as a wise guide, try this simple practice:

1. When you feel fear arising, take a quiet, private moment to center into the feeling. Tune into the sensation of fear, locate where it resides in your body, and approach it with curiosity to learn what it has to tell you.

2. Take a deep in-breath as if you are filling your whole body with your breath. As you exhale, imagine and feel that your breath fills the sphere of your personal space about an arm’s width around your entire body. Sense into your personal space and into the wider space around you and search for subtle signals. For example, you might be drawn to an area inside your body or to look at something or someone in your environment. You might feel the urge to move toward or away from something.

3. Stay centered in your personal space and ask your fear the question: “What action needs to be taken right now?” Don’t rush to fill in an answer. Instead, keep the question open. Listen and feel inside. See what presents itself. You may have an inspiration to take a specific action.

It can take time to learn to discern guiding signals. As best as you can, be patient. The simple action of tuning into emotional signals is a cultivated skill. You’ll grow your ability to sense inner guidance from fear and all your emotions through mindful practice over time.

You’ll also learn to discern the quality of signals that represent accurate present guidance from false interpretations based on painful past experiences. There’s a different felt quality to accurate versus false guidance. False guidance may feel alarming, stressful, or rushed. It is fixated on what happened in the past or overly-anxious about the future. Accurate emotional guidance has a matter-of-fact, present, forward-moving quality, that feels like perfect timing.

So, in summary, as emotions come up, instead of being wary of them, what if you welcome them, become curious, and ask:

• What is the sensation of this emotion in my body?

• Exactly what emotion is this?

• What is the message in this feeling?

• What is it asking me to do?