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Here are some of the shifts I’ve been experimenting with on my Visionary Troubadour path…
I am fortunate to have built a rich community of friends and family across the globe over the past 8 years. I’m living in the question of how we as individuals, families and communities live with honor and deep connection, while at the same time questioning everything about the Cultures of Domination we are subjected to from birth.
I’ve spent the last two years traveling, primarily receiving invites from people I love dearly. From time to time I turn to CS to meet new people in new cities.
CouchSurfing has contributed to some big shifts happening in my life, which are transforming the way I move in the world, including these 12:
I´m now on an adventure of trusting my HEART´S DESIRE to guide me more than ever before… even if I have no plan!
I took a leap like this in 2006 when a friend invited me to Africa to share my work with children. My head had excuses, but my heart was a resounding YEEEEEESSSS!
That trip changed my life FOREVER! And ever since then my Western way of living has been slowly, shall we say… unravelling! And in the most beautiful ways!
GIVE my work to people I feel deeply inspired to give it to. Give it as a GIFT!
Later in 2006 when two amazing women in my life challenged me to GIFT my iStand retreat away to people who deeply inspired me, rather than charging $2500 plus room and board as usual, I again noticed my head had lots of excuses, but my heart screamed to me… YEEEEESSSS!
That event was miraculous! I gave it away, and many of the people who came have since shown up in my life as a huge gift. One of them, Tom, for example, has been inviting me to Brasil for the past four years.
He had offered to translate my work into Portuguese, and sponsor workshops there. For three and a half years, my head was full of excuses and full of my own plans.
Finally, late last Summer, after experiencing some challenges in doing my grand visions ¨My Way,¨ I decided to scrap my plans and visions.
If they were meant to be, they will be called forth by the desire of other people.
I´ve reducd my plans, visions and agendas to almost nothing, to create huge space and time for other people, for deep connection, for spontaneous miracles and more!
After that, a friend invited me to house sit her place in Belgium for a month. YES! Then a friend invited me to Kuwait for a month. YES! Then Tom invited me to Brasil again… YEEEEESSSS!!!
I came to Brasil, and found my workshops came together easier than EVER before. Not only that, i was leading them in Portuguese with translators! And the ultra-seriousness of Michael Skye leading a transformational workshop was gone.
I was free, I was having more fun than ever doing my events.
And as an expression of my choice to connect with people in deeper ways than are normal for our shared Western culture, I am also preferring to stay with people where they live, when I am invited to do so, rather than stay in hotels.
I realize this is often culturally uncomfortable for people (it has been for me), but I believe that it’s in our discomfort that we can connect even more deeply.
From my experience these last two years, staying with people right where they sleep, shower, cook and eat feels far more connective than staying in a hotel, for example.
For me it’s the difference between being a tourist or being a traveler; and it’s also the difference between being welcome in the city and being invited to stay in someone’s home.
I go places as a response to a heart-felt invitation, rather than as something that comes from my own agenda.
Literally, I am being as free of my own agenda as possible. And I´m ready for my next invitation!
Speak my desires!
I desire right now to have plenty of time to write my books, to connect deeply to beautiful people, to give my gifts generously, to enjoy nature, do some work online, to share meals and great conversations, to have fast internet, to love and be loved, to feel FULLY ALIVE and to appreciate every moment.
Offer my wealth generously! Most wealth can´t be quantified, and goes far beyond the bank accounts and toys that many collect.
My wealth includes,
- an amazing network of close and trusted, beautiful friends around the world;
- the honoring work I have spent my life creating and perfecting, which has saved lives and families around the world;
- mucho experience marketing and doing business online (have been paid $250 per hour for many hours to share this);
- my time, my love, my support
- my wacko humor and playfulness
- my sense of honor that i carry with me in my heart
- my wealth of experience in adventure learning, world traveling and risk taking, and more
I am committed to showing up generously, everywhere I go!
Open to share my gifts beyond the ways I think they should be given! In Brasil, I presented my Honor Window work at a prestigious business school to MBA students with a translator. I never would have conceived of offering it this way, and was reluctant at first.
Finally, I just decided to accept the invitation, and be playful with it. It was one of the most exciting ways I have ever given my work, and I was paid well.
Another experience I had was doing a half day Honor Window workshop, while at a retreat center in the mountains of Southern Brasil, after being asked while sitting around a campfire one night. I charged nothing, and had no translator, and it was deep and beautiful.
I could go on and on, but I am just ready to serve!
The most important thing for me right now is my time–to have time to write and develop my work, and be free of business concerns. This, and expanding my DEEP CONNECTION to beautiful people around the globe.
Ask for what I need.
This is taboo in my American Culture, especially in the family I come from which was quite money-oriented. One should be self-sufficient (and not need others), so as not to burden others with your needs.
Receive gifts from others, who are giving freely from their hearts (Don´t receive something when it is being given from a sense of burden or guilt or resentment, or in a way that comes with obligation).
Trust!!! Trust nature, trust the wisdom of my body, the universe, God, people, etc.
I have almost always felt safe on every continent, and I have learned to be great attention to the subtle cues of my body and my heart. Trusting is miraculous in itself.
And I do. I trust. I trust you, I trust me, I trust my heart, I trust people, I trust God.
Freely share what I am discovering on my adventures of new ways of moving in the world, and notice who comes into my life with a desire to connect with openness, trust, generosity, curiosity and desire!
This is what I am doing in my Visionary Troubadour book I am writing! And I am sharing my adventures and insights with people I meet around this beautiful planet!