I never went into Entrepreneurship thinking I was going to be building a Spiritual Business. Honestly, I don't even really consider myself a spiritual person. I never thought of myself as a business owner that fit those sorts of titles or labels. It wasn't until I kept noticing a common occurrence where I was being referred to as a Spiritual Entrepreneur that I realized, well maybe I am? That question is still up for debate, because, what really is a Spiritual Entrepreneur anyway? I don't consider myself as a religious person. I didn't grow up attached to or devoted to any one school of thinking, and it wasn't until I was in College and found myself falling in love with Philosophy that I first started actually questioning what I truly believed in. I have never been someone who has been really into Religious Schools of thought, but that then calls in the question of what is the difference between being Spiritual and being Religious?
Of course, this is my own personal opinion, but to me, the different in being Spiritual and being Religious is that Religions tend to have rule books, where as Spirituality tends to be pretty open ended. Instead of following a written out set of ideologies that most religions contain, spirituality seems to be very flexibly focused on listening to your own intuition and simply doing the best you can to be a decent human being so that you can live a fulfilled and happy life. Something that has often left a bad taste in my mouth in regards to religions is that many of them seem to bring about a lot of fear tactics that scare people into following the set of rules laid out in the religion itself. Personally, I don't like to do anything because I am feared into doing it, and I actually don't really like to do anything i'm told to do unless I also am choosing to do it *cue in never really resonating with religions*. I've found that more often than not, being religious is having to conform to the religions belief systems, where as being spiritual allows you to discover your own rule book. Now, this is where things can get tricky because A) People in general love to be told what to do *insert sheep or herd mentality*. Usually, this desire to be told what to do comes out of fear, and I believe a lot of that fear is rooted in fear of self and fear of how others may perceive your true self *Insert where my love for unlearning/rewilding comes in*. Organized Religion, to me, has always been something that can very quickly create separation within the collective, where as Spirituality seems to be all about creating unity and oneness. Now, i'm not against religion, quite the opposite actually. I am for living a life with meaning; with existing for a purpose and putting belief behind all you do. However one does that doesn't matter to me, because I think its beautiful to simply be someone doing just that! Maybe that, in itself, makes me spiritual; the fact that I accept all ideologies, see the good in all ways of thinking, and respect every individual no matter how differently they believe. I'll leave that for you to decide.
The point of me starting this discussion off with a background on the differences I see in being religious versus being spiritual does, in fact, have a point, and that is to create clarity on what it means to be a Spiritual Entrepreneur. To me, being a Spiritual Entrepreneur means to be all inclusive, all accepting, and driven by wanting to allow intuition to lead one back into their wild alignment and oneness with the collective. There are plenty of people who claim the Spiritual Entrepreneur title, but are still assholes. There are plenty of people who wear the Religious badge and are also assholes. Don't get too wrapped up in the titles here, but rather the concepts I am rolling with behind the titles. I believe that Spiritual Entrepreneurs, at least the ones I resonate with, are the ones doing the work to disrupt the ideologies, programs, and rule books that are creating division and separation within the collective. The Spiritual Entrepreneur is the ones redefining what it means to be successful, and are the ones leading with integrity, values, authenticity, and with the highest good of all in mind. The Spiritual Entrepreneur is the individual that is advocating for change, shining light on the dark places, encouraging collaboration and true belonging, and are following the guidance of their own inner voice. The Spiritual Entrepreneur is creating work that is aligned with their passions and higher purpose, and they are allowing their deep calling to impact the world in a positive way to lead them to sharing their medicine with the world. The Spiritual Entrepreneur is doing their own work out loud, and allowing that inner work to contribute to collective transformation. They are on the transition team.
Here are 5 lessons for the Spiritual Entrepreneur, in my definition:
1. You are following your inner voice, your creative gifts, and driven by a higher power larger than yourself: To me, the Spiritual Entrepreneur that's on a mission to create a soul-aligned, Conscious Business is allowing their own inner compass to guide them to the creative power and unique gifts they have been given. They are trusting that there are bigger things at work here, that give life meaning and purpose. The Spiritual Entrepreneur is dedicated to strengthening their intuition and learning how to activate their personal guidance system because they trust that the answers are within and that they will be guided back to their oneness with self, collective, and Source (Whether you believe that is God, the Universe, or what have you). The Spiritual Entrepreneur strives to raise their own awareness so that they can create conscious work that aligns with their souls purpose, in knowing that living in their souls purpose can also impact the world in a positive way.
2. You are doing your inner work out loud, sharing your medicine and evolution: The Spiritual Entrepreneur, in my opinion, is someone dedicated to self discovery and personal development. They know that they cannot change what they do not face, and are committed to not only working their light but also working their shadow so to help them raise their own consciousness to states that allow them to live more fulfilled and in service for the greatest good of the world. The Spiritual Entrepreneur is committed to their own practice of growth because they know that the more they grow, the more their purpose will grow...and the more their purpose grows, the more clarity they will gain in understanding what they were put on this world to do. This type of person does their work out loud, as a way of sharing their medicine with the world, because they believe that their way of doing their unique work is where their power lies in helping others.
3. You lead with a deep desire to be of service, to give and to be of value first and foremost: The Spiritual Entrepreneur is all about redefining success, and leans into the concept that success is the sum of the amount of impact, change, and transformation one is having within themselves and within the world. The Spiritual Entrepreneur disrupts programs and unlearns patterns that try to tell them that success is defined by the norms of societies, cultures, families, or otherwise, and breaks vows that claim that money, superficial gains, accumulation of 'stuff', and any other shiny pennies are what define success or fulfillment. This goes without saying, Spiritual Entrepreneurs can love STUFF! The Spiritual Entrepreneur doesn't have to be anti-materialism, they just are about bringing deeper meaning, purpose, intention and service into the world in way that doesn't depend on STUFF in order to feel fulfilled, enough, or like a change maker. The Spiritual Entrepreneur is about giving first and being of value first, because they trust that with serving as the focus, they will always be supported in return.
4. You're not here to force anyone into your box or beliefs, you are here to help others discover their own: The Spiritual Entrepreneur is not about bossing people around or trying to convince those around them to conform to their way of doing things. Rather, they are about triggering others to discover their own beliefs, their own power, their own intuitive guidance and their own answers. The Spiritual Entrepreneur doesn't follow one set of rules and is not about creating exclusive spaces; they are about creating communities of oneness and exclusivity, where individuals are accepted and encouraged to be fully who they are. This goes without saying that sometimes the Spiritual Entrepreneur has to call themselves and others out on bullshit when they see programming showing.
5. You're not afraid to go against the grain, rattle some cages, and shake up the norms if it means living as your fullest expression and encouraging others to do the same: The Spiritual Entrepreneur is courageous, vulnerable, and brave...or trying to be! They are the individuals that are speaking their truth and encouraging others to do the same. They are the individuals calling out the collective shadow and doing their work to illuminate the areas where we are playing small, masking our potential, sleep walking through this world unconsciously, and allowing our power to lay dormant. The Spiritual Entrepreneur does whats right and in alignment with their intuitions guidance, which isn't always whats easy. They aren't afraid to go against what they've been taught, what society deems as normal, or what they have been told to believe is right if it means that, in doing so, they could create positive transformation and collective consciousness expansion for the highest good of all.
So, maybe you are a Spiritual Entrepreneur, maybe you're not. To me, it doesn't really matter what title you go by, because truthfully I think titles are a part of the problem that many of us who may be labeled as Spiritual Entrepreneurs are trying to dismantle. Regardless of what you find resonance with in regard to what you like to call yourself, I hope this article at least helps you discover whether of not you find resonance in leading your business (and life!) in the lens of this label. To me, after writing this blog post I came to realize that, hey, maybe its not too bad of a thing to be labeled this by so many. I think it may be one of the only titles I may not cringe at having placed on me. To be Spiritual, to me, is to be boundless; free from rule books. THAT gives me some wild alignment.
Until next time,
In peace and abundance <3