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About Agapi Stassinopoulos

Agapi Stassinopoulos is the author of the best-selling book: Unbinding The Heart. She was born and raised in Athens, Greece. At age 18, she entered the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and afterward became a member of the Young Vic. She moved to the United States to do film and television, and later attended the University of the Santa Monica, where she completed her Master’s in Psychology. While her sister, Arianna Huffington, was doing research for her book about Greek mythology, Agapi’s love for the gods and goddesses was ignited which led to two books of her own – Conversations with the Goddesses and Godsand Goddesses in Love – as well as a one-woman show and a PBS special. She also coproduced and cohosted a documentary called “Quest for the Gods,” shot on location in Greece. Agapi has been invited to speak at various international events and global conferences, and has also spoken about health and well-being for The Spirit of Women organization, which represents hundreds of hospitals around the country. An inspiring teacher, Agapi conducts seminars worldwide for both men and women, empowering them to recognize their individual gifts and create the lives they want. She is a frequent blogger for The Huffington Post.

What to Do When Nature Calls

Surprised businesswoman with CoffeeMy last blog was about finding purpose, “5 Essential Questions to Lead You to Your Calling.” In this blog I want to address another calling — nature’s calling. And there is only one answer to that calling: When nature calls, we must honor it.

I was recently at a meeting with a young girlfriend. She’s a passionate entrepreneur, and I was introducing her to some investors for her new venture. The meeting lasted about an hour and a half, and it went very well. As we were leaving and going down the elevator to exit, my friend grabbed my arm, crossed her legs and in a panic said, “We have to find a bathroom right away because I am dying to pee.” I looked at her in amazement and asked her, “Why didn’t you go to the bathroom while we were in the meeting?” She responded, “Oh no, I wouldn’t do that. I didn’t want to interrupt the meeting.” We ran to find her a restroom at a restaurant next door and when she came out I said to her, “Here’s a piece of advice. Honor your bladder first, and if you do, you are going to be much more present in everything you do. It doesn’t matter where you are, what you are doing, how important the meeting is, who you are with. First and foremost you must honor nature’s calling.”

After speaking at an event recently, I had a similar experience. I was signing books and kept wanting to go to the bathroom, but there was a long line. So I kept going, and an hour later I turned to a girl who was helping me and said, “I MUST go to the bathroom,” and she said, “just go,” as if I needed permission for somebody to tell me it was okay to go. I ran to the bathroom, came back and everyone was of course still in line waiting for me. Since then I have spoken to many friends and they have all shared with me that they often too delay going to the bathroom not to interrupt whatever they are involved in. So it got me thinking: What is the issue?

If we do not listen to our basic needs, eat when we are hungry, sleep when we are tired, stretch when our body is tense, or drink water when we are thirsty, what other signals are we ignoring? What else in ourselves are we neglecting? Why do you think we do that? Could it be that we don’t want to appear normal, vulnerable, or human or that it may cause the wrong impression? Or do we think our meetings are more important than our physical well-being?

Our basic needs to go to the bathroom, to eat and to sleep are completely natural urges, and if we suppress them for the sake of what we consider social correctness, we are paying a price.

It is interesting that Michael Bloomberg, during his radio show this week, stated as one of the keys to success, “Take the fewest vacations and the least time away from the desk to go to the bathroom or have lunch.” I say the opposite. Take as many bathroom breaks as you need, recharge in every way you can and return to work renewed and full of energy instead of dragging yourself, and I promise you you are going to be way more productive and, yes, even more successful. Dear Mr. Mayor: When it comes to the question to pee or not to pee, there is no question. Make the time. Interrupt the meeting. Excuse yourself. Visit the closest bathroom.

Do women do this more often than men and why? You must all have a story or two. Would you share it with us?

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5 Essential Questions to Lead You to Your Calling

o-FIND-YOUR-CALLING-570I was talking to a son of a friend of mine who is 16 years old and rather evolved for his age, and I asked him, “Michael, why do you think we are here?” and he said to me, “To wake up.” He proceeded to elaborate on that thought by saying: “I think most people are asleep — they don’t know who they are. I think we need to wake up to who we are.” He then asked me, “Agapi, why do you think we are here?” I had no hesitation replying, “I think we are here to evolve and transform, and I think that everything that happens in our lives, and everything that doesn’t happen is the journey to our transformation… I think fundamentally I totally agree with you, that we are here to wake up.”

This conversation prompted this blog.

There is an underlying and maybe sometimes not so underlying question, which is in all of us: What is the purpose of my life and what am I here to do? Obviously, each one of us has to find our own unique and personal answer to these questions.

“How can I find my purpose?” That’s a question I get asked a lot from people who are successful to unemployed, happily married to single, etc. “I don’t feel connected to a purpose,” they say.

I like to think of our purpose as our individual calling. It does not have to do with our accomplishments or our resume; it is a deeper thing that connects us to our heart’s pulse. When we find it, it adds meaning to whatever we do and helps us feel the true sense of what success is.

Either way, when we connect to our heart’s calling, everything starts to have meaning. So I have come up with five questions that as you answer can bring your calling closer to you.

What am I here to learn?
What am I here to teach?
What am I here to overcome?
What am I here to complete?
What am I here to express?

If you take a moment to answer these questions from an authentic, truthful place, the answers may be very different from what you had previously thought. These questions are meant to break down self-imposed standards we have bound ourselves with.

The answers to these questions are ongoing and evolving. At different stages in our lives, we are here to teach and learn different things. Nothing is set in stone. As you answer these questions, you may find that there is a blueprint that emerges that can guide you to what calls you, and as you follow that thread you start to experience more of an inner fulfillment. Going through life knowing that we are all teachers and we are all students, and we all have something to contribute, alleviates a sense of separation we often feel.

That knowing can bring a solace and comfort to the basic question: “Why am I here?” It helps us create a bigger arena where we can explore the dimensions of our lives. It adds tremendous creativity in our existence and makes us welcome the unknown instead of fearing it. It also puts us in the driver’s seat where we become the creator of our lives. Seeing that everything that happens in our lives, the good, the bad and the ugly, becomes part of life’s tapestry. Our life’s experiences are the alchemy that helps us transform and awaken to who we are. My mother used to say, “We are all born an original, and it is a challenge to stay an original in a world that tries to mold us to fit in.”

I personally started my life thinking that I was here to become a successful actress. I went to a prestigious drama school and was acknowledged and validated as a very talented actress, moving on to Hollywood to do a movie. When the movie did not work out I went through a soul-searching journey only to discover years later that my calling was not to become a successful actress and perform others’ scripts, but to write my own script, create my own life, and design my own set. I found my calling in a NY bus, performing for a stranger, realizing that I had to share my gift of expression unconditionally. I had restricted myself with expectations of what life should bring me until that moment.

Learning to become resourceful within myself was and is an extraordinary process, and the joy it brought me is invaluable. So often when I feel stuck about something the question I ask is, “How can I create a desirable outcome?” I return to the basics: “What do I need to overcome here?” It always leads me to taking a positive action. Sometimes it’s overcoming a misconception of inadequacy, or fearing to even try in case I don’t achieve the outcome I was hoping for. Overcoming that in itself creates a huge amount of space for all sorts of possibilities that you may not have even thought of to surface.

The mistake we make as human beings is how we attach ourselves and our well-being to external circumstances for validation. The irony is that some of the greatest awakenings we often have are triggered after things don’t work out.

I have often heard statements such as, “Breaking up with this person and going through my divorce led me to find myself and who I really was.” “Leaving the job that I thought was it, lead me to find out what I really wanted to do,” etc.

I hope that these questions bring you a lightheartedness to what can be the serious quest for our life’s purpose because they are meant to bring clarity. I see these questions as a compass to our center, out of which we can enjoy our lives no matter what.

The funny thing is that I am writing this blog as I am sitting with my Greek friend Stavroula, who works with me, having a glass of wine, some mozzarella and tomatoes in NY’s Little Italy. I’m watching people in the summer evening walking about at a slow pace, licking ice creams, couples holding hands and kissing, children running around, men cruising and tons of people sitting on the pavement having dinner, stress-free, enjoying life in the moment. As I am witnessing these rich moments in others’ lives, I can’t help but think to myself that maybe the sixth and most important question is: “Are you enjoying your life, my dear?” and if the answer is no, ask yourself why not. If not now, when.


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Recipes for Love: What Are You Taking for Granted?

My mother used to say, “You can’t be unhappy and grateful at the same time.” Over the years, I have found how right she was, in matters of the heart.

Often, we think of love as a big emotional experience and we put conditions on it. We think, if X, Y, and Z happen, I can experience love. We think of it as something outside ourselves that we suddenly arrive at one day. But actually that is not so.

I think of love like the air we are breathing. It’s always there, even if we don’t notice it. However, when our minds, emotions, preoccupations, shoulds, worries and doubts take over, they can profoundly interfere with experiencing the simple state of loving.

How do we access it? We need triggers so we can remind ourselves that love is always there. How do we know it in our hearts as a breathing, living, knowing, practical, grounded state of our daily existence? How do we know it when we feel challenged, when we’re running to our jobs and our kids are throwing temper tantrums and we’re late for the train and we can’t find our keys? How do we find that love in the hustle and bustle of life? When we feel criticized and rejected? When we are judging ourselves and our circumstances? When we don’t get what we want? When our colleague gets promoted for a job we wanted? When we ask for a raise and we don’t get it? When the bills are mounting and we don’t know how to pay them? Where is love then, and most importantly, how do we find it? How do we get back to our hearts? And why does it matter?

Here is the quickest fix for getting into your heart: BEING GRATEFUL. I believe that true gratitude can shift even the most negative emotions. As my mother used to say, we cannot occupy two conflicting states of emotion at the same time. If you are unhappy, challenged and feeling stuck, here is the key to shift: gratitude. “Change the channel to what you want to experience,” was another one of my mother’s favorite sayings.

Think about something you are grateful for. If the kids are screaming and they don’t want to put their jackets on, maybe take a deep breath and pause, feel grateful that you have kids who have jackets and that you have enough money to get on the train and even the fact that there is a train. If you’re upset that your colleague is getting a raise and promotion, can you take a moment to be really, really grateful that you still have a job?

I was recently watching the Oprah Lifeclass, where a mother talked about the call she got 11 years ago, when she learned her three daughters were in a terrible car accident. One daughter was told she’d never walk again. The other two daughters were in critical condition. They all survived to tell the story. The daughter who was told she couldn’t walk now walks, and is pregnant. When Oprah asked the daughters what they learned from this tragedy, they all replied, “Never take anything for granted.”

Life can change in an instant. I have never forgotten a quote I read in a Time magazine interview with Christopher Reeve, where he spoke about watching people do everyday things, like unbutton a jacket, pick up a fork, tie their shoes or walk up steps. He said, “If they only knew how lucky they are.”

He said this as he lay there with doctors and nurses trying to help him move his limbs, hooked up to all kinds of medical machines, including a ventilator. I wonder, why is it that we have to wait for something so tragic to happen to be grateful for the miracle of our lives?

I had an experience the other morning that brought this point home. As I was getting out of bed, I was overwhelmed by the day’s schedule, which was packed because I’m in the middle of my book tour forUnbinding the Heart. As I started to worry about how I would do it all, something inside said, “Get back to bed and start your day by being grateful.” So I spent a half-hour going over all the things I am grateful for, starting with the miracle of my body, my family and friends and the opportunity to do something I really love. It’s remarkable how, as I got out of bed, I had so much energy, joy and kept moving from one thing to the other without feeling overwhelmed. Riding the wave of gratitude can definitely keep your spirits high.

Gratitude leads to great-fullness, and this feeling of fullness is the entryway to our hearts when they are closed and shut off. Once we are in our hearts, we find solutions to the problems that once seemed overwhelming. Once you start on the road of gratitude, there is no limit, because there are so many things we take for granted and so many things we can be grateful for. Being in a state of gratitude can move you into a state of power and presence. From a state of gratitude, we can ask for help, and people are moved to help us. A state of gratitude puts us in a state of worthiness. In a state of worthiness, we know that we are not alone.

The five-step, quick fix to get you back to your heart:

1. Suspend all judgments of what is going on.

2. Change the channel to being grateful for every little thing.

3. Continue to be grateful and appreciative for things that are right in your life.

4. Observe how with gratitude things can shift for you.

5. Express your gratitude in words and actions to those around you.

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A Wave of Happiness

I don’t surf, and I don’t think I ever will. Actually, I must confess I don’t even put my head under water — I never learned. I swim like a little duck, head up, feet under, and enjoy the friendly Aegean much more than the overwhelming ocean. But I do enjoy watching others surf immensely and thank God that it is not me out there holding on for dear life. However, I often compare my life to surfing. I love those high waves when I see the surfers ride them and glide across the ocean. In my life, I call those waves my waves of happiness.

My waves of happiness are a return to myself. They are an inner connection that happens when I am riding the essence of myself — pure and clear. It feels like I am in the sound of my spirit. There is no interference. There is more of me than the world. When my wave happens, I am suddenly above the world like a surfer above the ocean, and no matter what I am doing, I am riding the wave completely — no part left behind.

Recently, I have been observing when these waves come for me, what makes them occur in my life, how to stay on them as long as I can, as well as what knocks me off my wave and pulls me under. Where is this personal wave of happiness? How can we find it? How do we stay on it as long as possible? And what brings us there?

Is it peaceful meditation, soothing yoga, a nice walk, a good jog, moving poetry, or writing down what you are feeling? Is it spending time with your friends or being of service to someone else? Is it watching an uplifting movie or television show? Is it doing daily affirmations, getting chores done, redecorating your home, or having a friendly game of table tennis? Or is it cooking your favorite meal, harmoniously singing, or walking through all of the splendor that is nature? Or the wave suddenly appears as you let go of some long preoccupation and move into trusting that it all will work out. What actions bring you out of your worldly self and onto your inner wave? Whatever brings you there, you must do it and then be careful to pay attention to what pulls you under.

My dear friend Joan Witkowski teaches breathing coordination in New York. She gets her students to relax the diaphragm, loosen their jaws, relax their ribcage and sternum, ultimately helping them reconnect with their natural way of breathing, like when we were babies. She takes her students back to the time before they began manipulating and holding their breath. And then she gently helps them count with sustainable sounds. It is amazing how an AHHHHH or an OOOOOHHHHH that is naturally intoned on the exhale and not forced can get me back to myself.

Sound and breathing naturally have always provided a quick return to myself. That is one of the reasons I love speaking so much. When I speak to groups, I am in myself and freely ride my wave. I become present in the center of my energy. The wave allows me to speak from a connected place, sharing my knowledge and expressing what I need to communicate. It is then that I manage to get out of my own way and I am able to return to my Self. Ah! There is the key — to get out of your own way and to let yourself be.

I often experience my wave after the deep relaxation of a yoga class in Savasana. I come back to myself, and I feel elated. Another time is when I read aloud the mystic poetry of Rumi, Kabir, and the sonnets of Shakespeare, or when I listen to the work of Mozart and the Bobby McFerrin classic “Don’t Worry Be Happy.” These small things always return me to my Self. Especially when I read Kabir’s poem that goes like this:

“Are you looking for me? I’m in the next seat. My shoulder is against yours… When you look for me, you will see me instantly. You will find me in the tiniest house of time. Children, tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath.”

Whatever your thing is, find it.

Now, what pulls us under? Is it inner or outer pressure? The world is filled with things that don’t vibrate with ourselves, the exhausting amount of worldly consumption that we take in every day — news, emails, Facebook, deadlines, events, pushing our projects forward, promoting our work, things not going our way, and things going our way — pressuring us to do even MORE. Our inner judgments, our critical internal voices, our comparisons to others, our desire to fix ourselves, our concerns with the opinions of others and “looking good” in their eyes, and fitting in all cause irritations, and disturbances are the riptides of life; they pull us all the way to the bottom, making it so hard to ride our wave of happiness.

Everything that surrounds us has the potential to take us away from our Self and off of our wave of happiness. The world does not nurture our wave of happiness or support the unique way each one of us gets there. The grand illusion is that the more we do, and the more we engage in the world, the more we’ll accomplish, achieve, and the happier we will become. This thought, that these things can bring us to our desired point of self, is not so. The world is our school. It is our playground, and it is where we can work out our patterns and see ourselves for who we truly are. When we focus on these ideas, we are able to get closer to our waves.

When surfing, you often wait for the wave to come, and then you ride it. In our lives, the wonderful thing is that we can make that wave happen by engaging in what brings that about for us, making a habit of it by practicing riding our wave more often. If we approach life in that way we will not give our authority over to the world. The doorway to our self is personal, it is intimate, and it takes a commitment to accessing the joy that is our life stream that is available to us 24/7.

It is up to each one of us to see what brings us our waves of happiness and then listening and doing that, so that when you go out into the world it is easier. When our focus shifts the struggle diminishes, because we are now the cause of our life, rather than being an effect of the world.

I wrote a book called Unbinding the Heart. When I wrote it, I had this intention to speak from that inner wave, to share the experiences in my life that got me there, and the angst I had experienced when I didn’t know how I would ever get there. I made sure to be very transparent as I was writing it. I poured out my heart and soul, and it was so fulfilling for me, and it was a great additional gift when it resonated with others.

As I started promoting the book I had to make sure that I stayed on my wave of energy I was riding when I wrote it. It was a bigger challenge because I am much more engaged in the world, with all that goes in the spectrum of bringing a book to life.

While we may ride our waves separately, ultimately our waves are from the same ocean, so we are in it together — connected in the deep. So there is always recognition that we are never alone.

It is this kind of relationship with the Self — which is so exquisitely personal and is ultimately so fulfilling — that helps us realize that the wave is available to all of us, all the time. No one is denied when they make the commitment to know that place inside that gets us to our personal wave.

I guarantee if you go into the world wanting, you will end up swimming in the bottom. If you go into the world with a consciousness of offering, you will be riding your wave of happiness. Others will benefit greatly, and you’ll be the witness of all sort of miracles happening in your life.

Your wave is waiting for you to ride it. You deserve it, and you are worth it.

Share with me and our readers what makes you ride your wave of happiness and what knocks you down and pulls you under. I would love to hear from you!

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The Royal Wedding: Celebrating Our Oneness

I stayed up and watched the royal wedding. Originally, I wasn’t planning to. I was just going to TiVo it, which I did, but as I turned on the TiVo I witnessed "the sea of people," as one of the commentators described it. I wanted to be a part of that sea of people. I was moved about what was taking place: 2 billion people coming together at the same time to witness love.

At a time of such global turmoil and national disasters, with earthquakes and wars, uprisings against oppressive governments and tsunamis, the royal wedding became a symbol for all of us to believe that we can still celebrate hope and love. We were all gathering to watch the wedding, but more than that, we were looking for some kind of healing. The pain we have all felt in our collective human experience from witnessing so much pain, destruction and loss of life needed a balm.

So, why not sacrifice a few hours of sleep to witness the union of two people who obviously love one another and commemorate our union as a whole?

Thirty years ago, we watched Lady Diana marry her prince in an arranged marriage, hoping that it would grow into true love, only to see it fall apart, filled with hurt and betrayal. Thirteen years ago, we all gathered to mourn the tragic loss of Princess Di. We all needed closure and healing. On the morning of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, we witnessed the good that came out Prince Charles and Lady Di’s personal sacrifice.

One of my favorite moments was listening to the Lord Bishop of London’s speech when he quoted St. Catherine of Siena: "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire." In those words was the message of acceptance, and we could all see Kate radiating her confidence, more calm and composed in her own skin than perhaps even the Royals themselves. She is even more the people’s princess, because she is of the people. The people who were a part of her life from her village were invited to her wedding in a touching gesture.

James Middleton, Kate’s younger brother, read a beautiful passage from the Bible that touched upon the phrases, "Let love be genuine, hold fast to what is good," "Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering," and "Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly." The reading enhanced the warm and openhearted spirit of the wedding ceremony.

In the midst of all the affluence, glamor and ritual, there was a spirit of generosity. Kate and Prince William asked for no presents, and the proceeds from the wedding’s broadcast (nearing $250,000) will be donated to The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, which helps charities across the world. These gestures set the tone for the newlywed couple’s values. The whole ceremony revealed a foundation upon which they can build a life of love and goodness. I heard that even the Queen said the ceremony was amazing. Now that’s a breakthrough!

Watching the ceremony, I felt the spirit of all of us who want to believe that love is real and still alive, despite all the global disasters. We celebrated the experience, the beauty and our oneness. And we gathered, all of us from around the world, to be a part of that rekindling of hope.

Prince William and Kate stood as a living symbol of healing and unity. A gentle reminder that we can still celebrate. A reminder that no matter where you are from, how old you are or what generation you belong to, we all want to believe in the existence of love. Yes, we want the fairy tale, but we also want more than that. We want to experience the celebration of goodness and unity in the world. We need hope so that we can keep going in the midst of disaster and suffering, so we can still believe that love and happiness exist somewhere in the world.

When I finally woke up after drifting in and out, I had that feeling that I had been part of some wonderful celebration. The spirit of the occasion, of 2 billion people coming together, stayed with me, and my heart felt full, pulsing with love. Our hearts need to know that we are a part of the global human experience, that when we can enrich each other’s lives with our different cultures, the things that separate us disappear. It is in those moments when we come together that we remember that we are not alone.

"We are all like islands in the sea, separated on the surface, but connected in the deep."
–William James

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Rethinking Our Conception of Leadership

 On Nov. 6 and 7, I will be a speaker amongst many inspirational speakers in a conference called "Leaders Causing Leaders." Would you join us? Click here for more information.

When I spoke to the organizer Kenneth Schwenker, he told me that the mission of the conference is to activate the leader in each one of us, to inspire us to produce at least 10 specific projects and actions that will make a difference in some of the issues that the we are all dealing with in this world. A large part of the conference will be inspiring teenagers to make a difference in their communities and to be leaders in their own way. People are already posting visions of what their individual projects will be, as well as the support they will need to realize them. You can also post your own project or vision. This conference on leadership got me thinking about how I define a true leader, what inspires me, and what leadership means in my life.
I remember what my mother used to say. She would always say that you are either a leader or you’re being led. And if you are led, be aware of who you are following and where they are leading you. Make sure you’re being led to where you would like to end up. My mother wasn’t talking about leadership from the outside. She was talking about how we allow our thoughts, emotions and actions, as well as other peoples’ actions, to affect us. Either they lead us to the results we want or they make us spiral down in a direction that we don’t really want. Most likely, we end up feeling victimized, thinking, "Why is this happening to me?"
What sets leaders apart is their ability to go for the vision of their desired outcome, no matter the resistance, the obstacles or the challenges. They do not second-guess their actions with thoughts like, "That’s impossible," or, "It’s never happened before," or, "What if people disapprove?" They possess a radical courage. The truth is that when we have someone’s best interest at heart, the leader in us awakens. However, if we only care for ourselves and our own self-promotion, the leader within us sleeps. When the need to serve others is elevated, leadership emerges from caring, and from a direct connection to the heart. When we have the motivation to serve, the leader inside awakens because a leader causes change rather than being affected by what others are causing. I want to tell you a story that illustrates this point.
This summer I was in Greece working on a documentary on the Greek gods. For one of the shots, we were at a lovely vineyard that was taken care of by Mr. Vasilios. At some point during the shoot, we needed nails to hang something on a beam in the courtyard, but we didn’t have any nails. I asked Mr. Vasilios if he had any nails. He said he didn’t, but then he looked up in the air, paused and said, "Nails…hmmm…let me see." He looked down to the right where there was a little stool, pulled it apart and, to our amazement, produced six nails. Mr. Vasilios wanted so strongly to serve our need in that moment that he saw nails where none of us could see them. But of course, he was the caretaker of the vineyard. Day after the day, he was harvesting and taking care of the land. Caring was in Mr. Vasilios’ DNA.
If we awaken that caring in ourselves, then we are connected to each other, and we respond to someone else’s need. We are able to find solutions that are not immediately apparent to the eye but are hidden like the nails in Mr. Vasilios’ stool. At that point, we transcend the ego and our small selves. It is not a matter of "look what I am doing" but rather "look what is being done through me." Then we can produce the kind of energy that can part the Red Sea. When we hear the calling and our caring is awakened, we respond, and then we are able to find solutions.
In some unconscious way, we have been programmed to think that something will happen outside ourselves that will change our lives. As the crises that we are facing in the world increase, from the economy to the environment, we are always searching for the leaders out there. We live our lives by the way our leaders run our government, giving up our control and leadership. But we still have a choice to become our own leaders. Consider this: what if each one of us, regardless of the circumstances in our lives, grabbed onto the core of our own leadership without looking for leadership outside?
It takes courage to step up to leadership, to the leader within, because it begins first in our inner environment. It is a calling to the better angels of our natures. It requires a sort of ruthlessness, an ability to sacrifice the lesser parts of ourselves. When we harness our inner authority and call forward the better parts of ourselves, it is then (and only then) that we realize that we are not alone. We have the allegiance of a higher intelligence and a spiritual power available to us. That way we become producers of the goodness for all.
I think knowing how to be a leader is nothing more than hearing the calling of what needs to be done and stepping out of our own limited thinking pattern to serve a bigger need. Leadership means letting ourselves move beyond the fear of being rejected or failing and stepping into the innate ability we have to lead. Then we find nails where we thought there were none.
How are you leading yourself? How are you helping others manifest? What are you involved in to bring about change in the world? Who do you see that is making a difference? Share your stories, and let’s amplify the conversation to awaken the leader inside.
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