Part XXXXVI: Dear Universe, Please Give Me a Sign
If you build it, they will come...
~ Field of Dreams, 1989 film
This story is not about Feel Free to Prosper, This story is about my entrepreneurial journey in the corporate world and how my business served as the “schoolhouse” where I became indoctrinated in sacred teachings of the ages and the most profound laws of the Universe. It is about the purpose of the journey and how it culminated in the recognition of my life’s purpose – and spiritual obligation - to teach others.
This story will end near the beginning.
The natural, spontaneous evolution of the Feel Free to Prosper program, its wonderful students from around the globe and their successes and poignant stories are reserved for another time. But it is necessary to describe the beginning stage of the program in order to understand its relationship to the arrival of what was to become one of the largest clients of Marilyn Jenett Locations. This interweaving of the two worlds is a perfect representation of how beautifully our Universal parent can orchestrate our growth and development and how lovingly this Presence cares for us when we learn to trust it.
To that end…
Feel Free to Prosper began with a small group of students I gathered from the Los Angeles Craigslist online community board. I put my step by step emailed lessons to the test along with a bit of telephone mentoring (I wasn’t fully aware that I was mentoring at the time) for a modest price and wanted to see what would happen.
The initial results were very encouraging. I may not have been certain what I was doing, if truth be told, but I couldn’t stop. I felt as if “something” had taken possession of me and was working through me. Teaching these principles felt as natural to me as breathing.
One of my earliest students from that group was owed quite a bit of money from a former employer and they had refused to pay for over a year. Any effort she made to collect failed. She met me and began the prosperity lessons and shortly after her second lesson, she was able to get a mediation date in court. She went to court and the insurance company for the employer adamantly refused to pay, although she carefully kept her cool and focused her attention on prosperity thoughts as the attorneys and judge interacted. The judge finally said he would take the ruling under submission until the following week, but by all appearances the employer’s representatives were not budging.
She had to wait this out until the following week and was very anxious. I worked with her on the telephone over that weekend. Then, despite all outer appearances, the case was settled and she was awarded, in her own words, “a big chunk-o'money!!” She later posted her story, where it remains here on an early archive page of the Feel Free to Prosper Network. This, along with other results coming in, was building my confidence in my ability to teach these principles.
A short time later, a local real estate saleswoman - whom I did not know - saw my post on Craigslist and for some “uncanny” reason sent me an invitation to Ryze.com. I didn’t know what it was. I called and asked her and all she said was that I could have my own website and I would have fun. I had never been on a forum before and in fact, didn’t know they existed, and it took some time to figure out what was going on. I knew the moment I saw the network forums, however, that I wanted to share. I had to share. It seemed like thirty years of my life and my study and application of Universal laws and prosperity principles were suddenly finding outlets for expression. Or more accurately, they were finding me. I found that every idea, every door that opened, with regard to this endeavor, seemed like “automatic pilot” and my responses and actions came naturally and organically. I describe them as “inner promptings.”
I felt strangely like I was “home” at an inner level of my being.
Ryze.com became my backyard and I busily began mental gardening and gingerly pollinating this very interesting cyber networking space with my mental and spiritual wisdom. I was thankfully well received and I then felt prompted to create my own Feel Free to Prosper Network on Ryze, not knowing where members and visitors would come from, especially with no experience in online networking.
The members arrived. The visitors arrived. The students arrived. The testimonials arrived. My offerings were reaching around the world and attracting students from around the world. I watched in awe as I came to realize more and more that I truly did have a gift that made a difference in people’s lives. There was a feeling inside of me that was deeply gratifying and unlike anything I had ever felt in my life.
I was just selling my lessons at the beginning and although I raised the prices periodically, they were still modest for the kinds of results they produced – and especially when compared to the large profits I was used to making in my corporate business. I also offered to call my students anywhere in North America to help them with the lesson work if needed – no extra charge. I was rather dense at the beginning – the Universe was clearly having me mentor people but I didn’t realize that’s what was happening. I was growing my wings.
So from a businesswoman’s standpoint, it didn’t seem “realistic” on a conscious level to be doing what I was doing, but I couldn’t stop. I was possessed by the need to continue. To stop would have been like stopping my breath. Yet watching PayPal payments arrive compared to the huge corporate checks that I was used to receiving in my business was disconcerting to say the least.
One day I found myself whispering, “What am I doing? Is this a whim? Please…give me a sign.”
The sign arrived. It arrived completely out of the blue in the form of a billion dollar company that was destined to be my answer…
To be continued...
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