Last year, my word for the year was “SURRENDER.” Okay, to be more accurate, I didn’t pick that word, I just actually surrendered.
Because my word for the year was more like, “Seriously I don’t give a f*ck.”
Haha! True story.
What happened was, I stopped doing anything that didn’t bring me joy. I stopped marketing my business. I only worked with private clients that came to me by referral. I thought I was going to quit business altogether, actually.
From the space of truly letting go of any attachment to what I thought I ‘should’ want (or what the old me may have wanted at some point but which shifted), I came back to WHY I got into entrepreneurship in the first place.
And it came back to the desire to be free to exist in the world as me, connected to what matters… and to my surprise, Else Society snuck into my consciousness and demanded to be born. So wow, what an unexpected creation of surrender!
This year, my word is “EASE,” and it’s kinda funny how the deeper part of me decided to interpret that.
Basically, I have been unable to push-force-drive-make things happen. I can no longer create in the way I used to create. My body refuses to work hard.
Even though I’ve been saying for years I don’t want to work so hard, it’s actually been frustrating at times… It can be like swimming through molasses. Seems like it takes me a month to do what I used to bust out in a day.
So what’s required is that I learn a new way to create. As in, easeful creation.
For example, in my business? Stop DOING so damn much and let the team take the leadership they are fully capable of, and actually enjoy.
Harder than it seems to pass on the doingness, by the way — not because I don’t trust their abilities, but because I’ve had to let go of this weird and stubborn belief that I must ‘pull my weight’ in order to deserve any fruits. Done. pulling. weight.
Well, I gotta tell you, the wildest miracle recently happened from this space of ease.
And I have to give mad massive props to the seriously beyond magical Lisa Berkovitz for this. (Lisa is one of the top people in the world to follow, learn from, and work with if you want to accelerate pulling dreams from the etheric into waking reality, on the deep-in-your-cells level of energy).
I reached out to Lisa because I felt like, even though my body was forcing me to ‘take it easy,’ there was still a sense of stagnancy… like I was coming up against an upper limit, a static, a blurry fuzzy fog that was preventing me from accessing *true* ease. I felt held back by the invisible.
I have to acknowledge that my life is amazing. If I could show a snapshot of my life now to myself a decade ago, I would pass out.
I have a business that’s pretty much designed around my version of play, I’ve had a work-from-anywhere lifestyle for 7 years now, I get to call this dreamboat dude named Myles my husband (score!) and I somehow have landed the cutest dog ever (like a childhood favorite plush toy come to life).
We happen to be in Portugal right now – just cuz – and we recently wrapped up a 10 day road trip exploring the country in search of a town to call home for the coming months and a flat to rent. Life is good.
And, nonetheless, we humans are creatures of expansion, and there’s more. Even in all the amazingness, I had a feeling of contraction.
The shoes feeling tight, the snake ready to shed a layer of skin. Time for the next level.
So Lisa guided me through a process where I connected with the version of me that already has *everything* I want. That *knows* the abundance that’s here available at any moment — the “FUTURE” me, you could say.
In this process, I saw myself laying in a beautiful landscape of green green grass on beautiful acreage with a water view, being rained on (yup) and loving it. I was soaking up the rain, and the grass was so vivid in this vision. I was looking closely at these blades of grass and rubbing them between my fingers.
(By the way, this isn’t the first time this landscape has appeared in a meditation… apparently it wants to be known)!
In addition to the beautiful vision, I also saw clearly the disconnect between that version of me soaked in rain feeling the grass (“future” me), and the version of me sitting on the phone with Lisa (“now” me). So Lisa guided me to my ask rain-drenched self for some information about what is required to dissolve the disconnect and call in the future I desire…
Suddenly, I had this overwhelming urge to cut my hair and change my clothes. I mean, overwhelming. I could barely sit there without ripping off this old drab sweater that I kept on wearing for some damn reason.
The rain-drenched me was like, “Cut your hair. Wear clothes that feel fresh and beautiful. Move your body how it wants to move.”
That’s it. That was the advice.
Lisa prompted me to ask this rain-drenched me if it’s really that simple. Good question because, I mean, could those basic actions *really* remove the fuzzy foggy upper limity thing?
My rain-drenched self (sassy lil minx) was liiiiiike, “Yessssss, bitch! Duh!”
Lisa laughed and agreed – Of course! Maybe in the 3D muggle world it would be preposterous for a haircut, new clothes, and inspired movement to be sources of creation, but in the world of energy?
Well, the truth is, the future you want is already here. You just have to call it in. And you call it in by aligning with it. Now.
Ask the wildly successful, ask the ridiculously happy, ask the quantum physicists. That’s just how it works.
So I did my homework. Got me some dresses (that’s what rain-drenched me demanded). Did my best to walk with swagger (which, by the way, takes a surprising amount of courage for me).
That’s it. Simple actions to align with “future” me. I listened to “future” me and, before I even had a chance to cut the damn hairs, guess. what. happened.
Remember how we had just finished up our Portugal housing search?
This is the miracle of creating with ease, by the way…
So, our search was done and it was time to decide on a place. We had some good options, but nothing was completely tickling our fancies. (Umm? haha). Well, on a whim I remembered a town we had passed through and I had the urge to go back there.
Rain-drenched me was like, “yessss queen.”
So we found some places on Airbnb, reached out to see if they’d consider a longer-term rental, and set up some appointments.
Look. Just LOOK at what we found. There is a sweet little flat on top of this gorgeous house that’s the perfect size for our little family of three, on green green acreage, with a beautiful water view where a peaceful river flows to the sea.
That appeared in our life. That happened. In real life. And now we live there! Holy crap. The physical world decided to match the energy world. The future me merged with the now me.
THAT is the kind of crazy-ass miracle that happens when you do the work on an energy level, which Lisa Berkovitz facilitates.
And, THAT is why the team at Else Society and I have put together a resource for you… the Not So Distant NOW Challenge.
It’s 7 days of taking new actions to create a new reality. You choose the actions — they could be hard-fast-get-sh*t-done actions like hunting for a new job and making those scary phone calls you’ve been procrastinating.
OR they could be seemingly subtle actions that shift the experience of being alive, like having a kitchen dance party every morning or standing in the sun.
The point is — new actions, new reality.
AND, guess what, I asked Lisa Berkovitz if she would facilitate a meditation for you – like the journey she took me on – because I knew it would amplify the power of this challenge by at least 1000%. She said, and I quote, “Hell YES.” Woot! It’s no small thing.
Omg omg omg sooooo excited for us all. Time to call your FUTURE self into your NOW self. Let’s do this together, my friend! You can join the Not So Distant NOW Challenge right here.
P.S. Rain-drenched me and creative forces of the universe, if you’re listening, the next level is actually owning a place like this and having it be an income stream versus an expense. Ridiculous? Nope. Gonna happen. All in good time. In ease. #TheFutureIsNow #NotSoDistantNOW