My husband and I are venturing into the restaurant business and if you want an industry that will test your faith, this is one of them. In this industry, you are very reliant on staff and whether or not they can do the job, if they can work under pressure and especially, if they can stay healthy under pressure. I certainly have a new found respect for individuals who make a career out of the restaurant business.
We have experienced a couple of detours on the road to opening, the latest of which is the illness detour. Even though the boutique is now transformed into a bistro, healing is still a very important part of what happens in our sacred space. Creator has indeed made a mark on that space and anyone who agrees to spend any amount of time in the bistro is having their vibrations elevated hence, they are being pushed to heal. With 3 of 4 staff dealing with infections, we made the logical choice of staying closed until everyone is well again.
Of course, my type A project manager personally is chomping at the bit to open however, my spiritual hippie gypsy side is telling me it's all cool, babe! Don't sweat it. Open it and they shall come...Yes, quite the discussion I have with myself on a regular basis.
My husband, Allan and I talk a lot about everything. It's really amazing to be able to have conversations like we do where we respect each other's position and view points. The other day we had a conversation about the goings on around the bistro and Allan said for me to have hope. My reply: "I don't want to have hope, I have faith." Interesting...
We decided to explore what that statement meant and in conversation with Creator, we got the following message. "Hope is not a subset of faith and faith is not a subset of hope. Hope is an absence of faith."
Hope is when you are down to the wire and are holding your breath waiting for that one specific miracle to happen. Faith is when you calmly breathe KNOWING all is as it should be and that the necessary miracle will happen. Hope is being tied to the outcome, faith is knowing the journey is the key and the outcome is the bonus.
Message from the Feminine Divine:
"Hope is an everlasting state of fear. Hope is indeed the absence of love and faith because hope keeps you trapped to the limitations of the human mind. It is the shackle that keeps you tied to the impossible. Faith is the love that sets you free from the impossible because you begin to know that all is possible. The limitation of the mind is no longer in control for the faith lives in the spirit and the spirit knows no end, no bounds, no limitations. Faith is the engagement of love and knowing all is as it should be. Remember that on your journeys. Do not hope for an outcome, have faith in the journey. This is the message I bring at this time."
What compels a person to do what they do? As a shaman and spiritual counselor I am often asked that question. "Why do I...?" There can be many reasons for why and it is important to understand them. The often follow up statement to why is "I should have..." or "I shouldn't have..."
Second guessing is something humans love to do and I thankfully suspect the act is limited to the human race. All other creatures we share this beautiful planet with move with the rhythm of life. They are playing their roles perfectly. They are synchronized with the ebb and flow of life and the relationship they have with other creatures around them. Nature is a wonderful balance of beginnings and endings, life and death. It is the great circle of life where nothing is out of balance and all flows from one to the other. There are many words we can use to describe that flow but none of those words adequately define what it is.
When you are in the flow of life and all is as it should be, there is no greater place to be or state to be in. Magic fairly sings in the air...synchronicity is all around...time stops and all become as one...
I have experienced these mystical and magical moments in my life and they are moments that draw you in without your awareness. You move into these moments naturally, without fanfare or ceremony. You do not even realize you are in one of the magical moments until you come out of it. You try to recapture the suspension of all you believed you were and enter the state of knowing you are all that ever was, all that is and all that could ever be.
Message from Creator:
"The need to do is driven by the desire to be. Humans have a belief they must do to be when the opposite is true. To be you must not do, you must simply be. The desire to do is born from the human need to survive. As with all other creatures, you have a role to play but doing beyond what is required to survive is not natural. It is driven by others' need to have. Be. Do not do. Universe provides all that you must have. No more and no less. Be content. Belong. Just be."
It has been a while since I have blogged and this morning I felt compelled to share my downtime with you. My husband and I have been working on a new project called Black Tie Bistro (www.blacktiebistro.com) and this wonderful adventure is nearing fruition. It is yet another learning and growth opportunity I gratefully throw myself into and it is fascinating to learn the in's and out's of the restaurant industry. Indeed, very fascinating and I have a new found level of respect for the small, independent restauranteur who stay open many years. Dedication does not even come close to the mark...It is definitely a labour of love.
During this time however, much introspection is required to determine if running a restaurant is truly what an individual desires to do. Unlike other types of business, while everyone is home, you are working. While everyone is vacationing, you are working. While everyone is relaxing, you are working. So why would someone want to live that kind of lifestyle and run that kind of business?
It's like anything in life...if you want something different, you are going to have to change some things. If you want to live a peaceful life, you are going to have to heal some things. If you want to do what you desire in this lifetime, you are going to have overcome obstacles. Not everyone does it because not everyone is willing to do the work. Not everyone is willing to dedicate the time, effort, tears and money to make their dreams come true. I am opening a bistro to have another stream of income. While there are probably other easier ways of generating income, this is the method my husband and I have chosen. I have a regular day job that pays me enough to keep coming back to it but not enough to lead the life I desire to live and rather than giving my money to the government, I would rather invest it in something that can grow and provide a return on my investment.
I have had a few people come in for spiritual guidance sessions these past few weeks who also desire to live a different life. They desire to have love, peace and joy in their lives. They are courageous enough to reach out and ask for help. Interestingly however, their desired outcome for the sessions is that I heal other people instead of them. "If I can just try to convince the other person that they love me..." "If I only I can heal them, then my life will be better." Yup, nope. Doesn't work...I know, I have tried that in this lifetime.
Unfortunately, in trying to explain that to these individuals, they proceeded to get angry with me. I, of course, did not take it personally because it wasn't about me and I am wondering how long it will be before they decide to come see me again and begin the important healing process. How long are they going to be willing to live the roller coaster ride of emotions and fears before they decide to get off?
Choices are what we are given in every moment of every day and with these choices, we define the life we will live, the friends we will have, the abundance that will come to us. Does that scare you? It shouldn't. It should empower you to know that you can make different choices and lead a different life. It's never the big choices that make the world of difference, it is the little ones. The choice of how you speak to yourself and those around you. The choice of what you will feed your body with. The choice of how you present yourself and how you choose to see yourself. These are small and critical choices you can easily make. If you are not happy with yourself, understand why and change it. You have the right you know. Creator has given you free will. Isn't it time you used it?