It turns out that the Star card was an excellent omen for this week, at least for the first two days of my business retreat. Elizabeth and I both felt as though we were “downloading” information directly from the Muse at times. I think I might have chosen a more electric, fiery card to represent the last two days though, as I am still fairly buzzing with excitement over what we planned out for 2010 and beyond.
I’m not quite ready to go into details, but I will tell you that I am going to be making a major shift in my business life. I am going to phase out my web design business and start doing a lot more teaching. Those of you who know me from this blog (which I started in 2004) may not be aware that I spent most of the 90’s making my living from teaching classes and workshops in the Northwest on Goddess spirituality and the Tarot. I’ve taught in living rooms, bookstores and conference centers. When I moved to the island in 2000, I stopped teaching partly because of logistics (the ferry/transportation issue) and partly because I was ready for new challenges, which included creating the Gaian Tarot.
I have to admit that I was also weary of the conversation about “is it right or it is wrong to charge money for teaching about spirituality?” The simple truth is: if you aren’t compensated for the time and energy you put into planning and preparing your material then showing up to engage with your students, you’re not going to be able to sustain teaching for very long. At least I wasn’t. In those days, I was often asked to barter the price of a class for jewelry or massage or something else. I had some boundary issues back then and I often agreed to barter, all the while wondering how I was going to pay my rent or buy groceries with jewelry or a massage certificate.
I bring this up as I had a minor epiphany yesterday about healing the money/spirituality split. One of the best things Goddess spirituality has to offer is the healing of the sexuality/spirituality split that most of us inherited from the patriarchal religions of our childhood, as well as the dominant culture in general. Those of us who have spent any time at all in Goddess circles have come to honor and embrace our bodies and our sexuality as sacred. It seems to me that it’s now time to heal the money/spirituality split as well. We need to stop feeling like there’s something wrong or shameful about making money, when all the while we long for abundance and prosperity in our lives. Making a good living doing what you love is not bad. In fact it’s good. It’s very, very good. I’ll have a lot more to say about this as time goes on.
Anyway — that was a bit of a tangent. Getting back to teaching — the internet has changed everything, since the days when I taught in living rooms and bookstores. My “peeps” (all of you) now live all over the world, not just on the I-5 corridor in Washington and British Columbia. And we can now share space together either online through discussion groups or forums, through video conferencing, or on the phone via teleconferencing. It’s a whole new ballgame.
I always knew that once I finished the Gaian Tarot, I would want to start teaching again. I thought I would travel to different cities and possibly countries to present workshops and classes. I would still love to do that! But over the last couple of months, I’ve come to realize that I long to return to teaching in a much bigger way — and not just about the Tarot, but about other topics that are dear to my heart as well (like creativity, connecting with nature, the mermaid metaphor, and more). What each of those topics has in common is this: I want to inspire and empower you to make positive changes in your life so that you can create the life you long to be living.
So . . . as the year unfolds, you’ll see me offering classes and e-books on a variety of topics. In June I plan to open a Gaian Tarot Membership site; I’ll have more info about that soon. In 2011 I’ll start a Gaian Tarot certification course that will be directed mostly at professional Tarot readers. I will also be available for some one-on-one mentoring; more details will be coming on that soon too.
I’d love to hear from you, dear readers. What kind of classes are you interested in? In what areas of your lives do you need to be empowered? What is it that you think I might have to offer you?
Thanks so much for being part of my tribe.
Here’s Elizabeth and me in my back yard yesterday, taking a break from our visioning work.