Leaders Causing Leaders

What a weekend.

In my last post I wrote about having gone to Cafe Gratitude for dinner.  When we received our bill there was an attached flyer for a conference taking place in LA over the weekend called Leaders Causing Leaders.  Seeing the environment of love and openness at the Cafe, I knew deep down that any chance I had to interact with the owners of the Cafe & soak up some of their knowledge would be beneficial.

So, I signed up and spent an incredible two days with leaders from all different backgrounds getting psyched about owning our gifts and sharing them with the world.  I have lots to share, so buckle up!

First of all – the whole idea of “awakening” being the focus of a workplace has always seemed like it’s true purpose.  But seeing it in action is a whole new understanding of what it means to be in “working relationship” with others.  Matthew & Terces and their sons offer workshops teaching others their systems by asking questions like:

“What if conflicts in your work community were acknowledged as a chance to heal collective wounds?  What if the mission of your business was to usher in a sustainable, spiritually fulfilling society?”  They have written a book called Sacred Commerce, about the practice of having the Eternal present in a commercial environment.  WOW.  I mean, for one person to practice that, yes, I’ve seen that.  But a whole restaurant, all the staff, with a spiritual focus of SERVICE & seeing the exchange of goods as a sacrament?

I suppose most restaurants are bound as a team, focusing their core more on making money and providing a sustainable business for their community, without really allowing as much room for the .  From my personal experience owning and running a restaurant for two and a half years now, I have seen that management of people and the conflicts that arise among very different people working together is a serious challenge.

But it is also a serious opportunity for personal, group, and community growth through communication.  I have often found myself in a mediation role, or taken it on, wanting everyone to “get along.” I can empathize with both parties, because that is my nature.  It’s also been my nature to “take on” people’s energy, to absorb their pain, and that only ends suffocating me, making them a victim, and not offering them the tools of empowerment.  My goal on this trip has been to empower myself, and I’m finding that in doing that it is my DUTY to speak the truth, no matter how much it hurts or how uncomfortable it is.  And once we dig underneath some uncomfortable layers of aches and pains there comes a release, an adjustment, a re-alignment.

I got the opportunity to do a workshop with Deepak Chopra’s daughter, Mallika, who spoke about meditation and its power to realign us with the truth that we CREATE our very experiences – we choose to see the world in the ways that we do, to go the places we go, to be the people who we are.  Her new website intent.com offers a chance for people to post their intentions for the day, and share their with the world, offering each other support.

Altar at Yoga Soup, Santa Barbara

It may sound hokey, all this intention setting and affirmations, but it’s important to realize that there is an incredible power our thoughts.  Marianne Williamson, renowned author of Return to Love  and A Course in Miracles talked about another great leader who recently passed, Steve Jobbs.  She mentioned that he was a vegan and Buddhist which was news to me.  A man who ran such an efficient creative corporation, offering products that increased world-wide communication, sharing, art, and innovative ideas was both a profound leader and a seeking soul.   Because of his lifestyle, his clarity of thought and direct communication, Steve Jobbs was able to be a great leader, to share his gifts with the world.

Things are shifting, before our very eyes.  Shariff Abdullah spoke about how the paradigm we live in is changing.  When the Founding Fathers of our country sat down to write the Constitution they were RADICAL.  There were slaves at that time and they were writing that “We hold these truths to be self-evident.  That all men are created equal.”  WHOA, that was a HUGE deal.   He spoke about the Occupy Wall Street protests that are going on in New York City right now and noted how the sense of unity was created around what we DON’T want.  But now it’s time for us to come together to decide what we DO want.  He said that asked people all over the world “What do you want in the world” they would all argue, and fight, but when he asked them “What is the nature of the society that you want to create for your grandchildren” they would all seem to come to agreements.  He wrote his book Creating A World that Works for All on this subject.  He mentioned that this includes all sentient beings, supports ALL of life.  What if our new constitution (formation, establishment, composition of our LIVES) was based on this:  “We have found this truth to  be self-evident that all life is sacred, is conscious and deserves respect and honor.”

Developing Mural in the Cafe Gratitude Restroom

Respect starts with honor ourselves.  Honoring our bodies, our thoughts, our spirit.  It’s not about changing others but coming into a deeper alignment with our selves.  As Matthew & Terces Englehart, the Cafe Gratitude owners, said “others are playing a role for our enlightenment.”  Click on their names to see a video of them discussing their concept of conscious business.

To conclude, spreading the leadership causing on to whomever is reading this, I want to share what a lot of the speakers stressed: Surrender NOW, while you’re still a mess.  Make ourselves available – the form of ministry doesn’t matter, just put yourself out there to be of service.  Marianne Williamson said if anyone asks “Who do you think you are? God’s gift to the world?  Say yes, and mean it.”

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

– Marianne Williamson

Spider is the weaver connecting the knowledge of the past with the possibilities of the future. Also notice that the center of the web is always small (you), and the web ever expanding (your possibilities).

“Become the change you wish to see in the world.”

– Gandhi

In light&love

eliza

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About Resolve To Evolve

Hi, I'm Eliza - a women's coach and energy medicine practitioner based in Buffalo, NY. I focus on shifting anxiety/depression through self-love. I work with individuals as well as hosting weekend retreats & monthly freeform ecstatic & shamanic dance ceremony called The Voyager Sessions.
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4 Responses to Leaders Causing Leaders

  1. Jill says:

    Hey Eliza!

    So many things that I wanted to respond to that I literally had to stop reading the post for that day so I could respond and not feel overwhelmed or overwhelm you with my thoughts…
    – First, I just wanted to let you know how sincerely impressed I am of your/your sissy’s accomplishment with Merge. It’s really a fabulous place and has such a good vibe. Not only does it have vegan/veggie-friendly food, but it also has a local flavor of love. Like the art, or the activity nights, or local music etc etc. It goes way beyond food and that is truly incredible to have achieved that!
    – Second- your challenge of smoothing over the rough edges of people is something that I have been thinking about lately myself. I’m going through some professional changes lately. I’m entering the international/intercultural realm and couldn’t be happier! I’ve been doing some research on intercultural differences but I think this applies very well to your situation. In order to really understand and appreciate, and therefore be able to address, cultural differences, you must first understand your own culture/your own starting point. So it’s not so much about “what” the differences are, but rather “why” these differences occur. In other words, people do things because they think it is the right thing to do at the time. Understanding “why” they think this is the right thing to do might help to alleviate some of the ruffled feathers.
    – Third-I just want to offer my full support of your perspective that it is a DUTY to speak the truth. Experiencing this recently as I’m going through my own changes, I’ve found that speaking the truth is so much easier and am encouraged and pleasantly surprised by the outpouring of support from other people. If you hide things, you are cutting yourself off from potential support.
    – Fourth- I read your most recent post this morning and was thinking about how I’d respond. One of the things that I thought about was suggesting Deepak so that is wonderful that you are familiar with him, and absolutely fantastic that you got to hear his daughter speak. The synchronicities of life always amaze me! Going off of that, I think that intentions are very powerful. Have you ever read The Secret or The Power? They are by Rhonda Byrne and they are all about setting intentions to attract what you want.
    Anyway, so those are my thoughts on just half of your second post. Thanks for sharing your travels with me! Looking forward to catching up when you get back. It’s always nice to discover a kindred spirit!
    ~Jill
    p.s. I have a magnet on my fridge of Ghandi’s quote “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

  2. Jill says:

    Hey Eliza!

    So many things that I wanted to respond to that I literally had to stop reading the post for that day so I could respond and not feel overwhelmed or overwhelm you with my thoughts…
    – First, I just wanted to let you know how sincerely impressed I am of your/your sissy’s accomplishment with Merge. It’s really a fabulous place and has such a good vibe. Not only does it have vegan/veggie-friendly food, but it also has a local flavor of love. Like the art, or the activity nights, or local music etc etc. It goes way beyond food and that is truly incredible to have achieved that!
    – Second- your challenge of smoothing over the rough edges of people is something that I have been thinking about lately myself. I’m going through some professional changes lately. I’m entering the international/intercultural realm and couldn’t be happier! I’ve been doing some research on intercultural differences but I think this applies very well to your situation. In order to really understand and appreciate, and therefore be able to address, cultural differences, you must first understand your own culture/your own starting point. So it’s not so much about “what” the differences are, but rather “why” these differences occur. In other words, people do things because they think it is the right thing to do at the time. Understanding “why” they think this is the right thing to do might help to alleviate some of the ruffled feathers.
    – Third-I just want to offer my full support of your perspective that it is a DUTY to speak the truth. Experiencing this recently as I’m going through my own changes, I’ve found that speaking the truth is so much easier and am encouraged and pleasantly surprised by the outpouring of support from other people. If you hide things, you are cutting yourself off from potential support.
    – Fourth- I read your most recent post this morning and was thinking about how I’d respond. One of the things that I thought about was suggesting Deepak so that is wonderful that you are familiar with him, and absolutely fantastic that you got to hear his daughter speak. The synchronicities of life always amaze me! Going off of that, I think that intentions are very powerful. Have you ever read The Secret or The Power? They are by Rhonda Byrne and they are all about setting intentions to attract what you want.
    Anyway, so those are my thoughts on just half of your second post. Thanks for sharing your travels with me! Looking forward to catching up when you get back. It’s always nice to discover a kindred spirit!
    ~Jill

    • Jill,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and respond. It’s important to have feedback and to know that our words are worthwhile and being heard. It’s also refreshing to have perspective of someone who has been to and loves merge and Buffalo. I am pscyhed to see the community of Buffalo blossoming as I am, as well. Buffalo is my home base and it’s really important to surround myself with passionate, vibrant people there. I would love to hear more about your new business transitions. It sounds like you’re also tapping into deeper parts of your purpose. As for the synchronicities, that is what I’m all about right now – tapping into my intentions that I set for this trip and letting old parts of me pass away as I come more into alignment with my true self and the purpose of my life. I’m so glad to have met you and I look forward to connecting more at the vegan meetups!
      Thank you again for being so supportive and passionate. I’m feeling a little low-energy today and you are inspiring me to keep going 🙂
      Blessings,
      eliza

      • Jill Twist says:

        Eliza,
        You’re blog is truly a pleasure to read. It’s incredible what you are experiencing, and how open you are to soaking in as many sensations as possible! Whenever you are back in Buffalo, I’d love to catch up! Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. If you are ever in need of a gentle lift, just know that there are endless sources of power to be harnessed as happiness, motivation, energy or whatever the need may be. Even in the tiniest crevice of a dusty corner, there’s beauty hidden. So nice to hear from you again.
        ~Jill

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