My client, CEO of a small company, came into my practice after a sequence of four deaths in his family in a short period of time. He was overwhelmed with work at a time when he needed to create time and space for grieving, and his focus and performance were suffering as a result.
He decided to use the crisis in his life as an opportunity to make the kind of changes that he had wanted to make for a long time. Our first task was to add staff to his business so he could work less. He brought in an office manager and gave himself permission to step away from the office. His office manager was a huge help and he was able to relax into being supported in a new way.
With the extra time he had created in his daily life, he engaged mindfully in his process of grieving and through that, his spiritual development began to accelerate. His new awareness turned into a book, which he self-published and began to share with friends. Although this was a rogue direction for him, he found that he really enjoyed developing his spirituality and began to pursue workshops and training from well-known leaders in the field. He also began to spend winters in Maui, which he decided that he loved.
As his grieving process came to a close he reorganized his business so he could make more money without working more hours. With new confidence and a deeper connection to his spirit, he began to develop bigger contracts than he had in the past. His biggest success was getting one of his product lines into a major national retailer. The work of integrating his mystical and business sides led him to consider himself the shaman behind his company.
As our work came to a close he was creating a transition plan so he could retire and focus entirely on bringing his significant spiritual wisdom into the world as a teacher, writer, and speaker.