Last week I was at a conference for women entrepreneurs in Pasadena called LTDlive (Living the Dream). It was interesting going to this conference now that my business has changed from a speaker/coach/hypnotherapist to a shaman, healer and author of an upcoming spiritual book called From Sacred to Sacred. Honestly I was a little nervous because I didn’t have my networking mojo together. I have been basically a hermit in my house for the last several years writing and seeing clients but not making much effort to get out and meet new people.
It has taken me years to become comfortable with the journey that has unfolded after I channeled the first message for the book. You see, I never thought I was one of those “woo-woo” people. I’ve got a strong vein of common sense running through my body. In one workshop session, we were asked to describe a secret talent we had that we don’t talk about often and I took a deep breath and said “I’m really good at making the woo-woo practical. I’m good at bridging the spirit and the practical world.” (That’s what those of you who have had sessions with me, this isn’t really a big surprise.) It felt good to talk about the path that I have stepped onto in this new public forum that wasn’t designed specifically for “spiritual” folk.
As I was sitting in that workshop, I had a direct aha moment about that term “woo-woo.” We use it to denigrate or apologize for something that is a natural part of our being. We all have a right brain, which is creative, intuitive, feeling and connected to the universal consciousness. We live in a society that honors the logical and linear more than this intuitive or “spiritual” part of our being. How often do we apologize for using our right-brain/spiritual gifts? Or perhaps we deny that we even have them. It was there in the conference, “Let’s be a little woo-woo for a moment” said by one of the amazing conference workshop leaders before leading a visualization about what we wanted to create in our businesses. I admit it I was the one who brought the term woo-woo into the room. I used it first and as I heard her repeat my language I could have kicked myself for not expressing myself better. Again and again at this conference I heard keynote speakers talk about one of the components of their success was trusting their intuition and yet when it comes to this right brain sort of thinking—many of us apologize for it.
We all have a picture in our head of what those woo-woo people are like. And we don’t want to be labeled as one of those people. We want to be taken seriously. We want to be grounded in the real world. Maybe those woo-woo people are a little bit over the top in their claims about spirit. Maybe we feel that they are ditzy or a little bit flighty. Maybe they just make us uncomfortable in their comfort in dealing with the unknown. But maybe this is also a way that we disconnect ourselves from our authentic connection to our spiritual power. Owning this power that we dismiss as woo-woo might just open up a whole other area of our personal power.
Women often say I’m sorry when they have nothing to apologize for. It is a habit that diminishes our power. When we discount the right brain, intuitive, direct connection spiritual knowledge by labeling it woo-woo or apologizing, we are feeding that deep seated erroneous belief that the spiritual, intuitive and creative is less important that the linear and logical. Einstein said, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Even if you aren’t ready to put your intuitive mind in the leadership chair of your life, perhaps it is time to let it become a welcome partner at the table.
I know have been afraid of coming out of the spiritual closet so to speak because it might be labeled woo-woo or judged by certain folks as something even worse. In history, there are thousands of women who exercised this power and were persecuted or put to death. So perhaps we have good reasons for denying, rather than owning our spiritual powers. I believe we have to stop apologizing or belittling this powerful part of our human experience. Amazing gifts come from embracing this part of our nature. I wouldn’t be in my amazing life today if I hadn’t listened to that soul voice whisper 4 years ago.
I’ve made a commitment to watch closely how I talk about what I do and my journey in learning to communicate with the spirit whispers and knowing deep inside. I’m honoring that I have a beautiful practical logical side and a beautiful spiritual, creative, intuitive side. Why would we want to limit ourselves to only working with half of what we were given? Let’s not apologize for having intuition and these amazing creative powers within us.
What do you think? Have you ever caught yourself judging that right brain spiritual part of yourself? Do you use the term woo-woo when another term with less judgment might be better? What are your fears about owning that right brain part of you? Or are you completely at home there? Would love to hear from you!
PS I got a lot more out of the conference than just learning this Woo-Woo Aha! Met amazing people, got some clarity on where I was going. It is good to step out and mix it up with new people. You learn about them and in doing so, you learn about yourself!