Whales Teach Abundance

Several years ago, I found myself in Southern California, trying to find work and not having much luck. I lived in Panama and had left my Panamanian husband back home, as he did not have a travel visa to enter the USA. As a U.S. citizen with higher earning potential, it made sense for me to return to earn some money. I was house-sitting for some friends in Beverly Hills, and even though it was fun to be surrounded by all the beautiful and expensive homes, it seemed to painfully accentuate the fact that I had very little money and was far from home and my husband.

I looked for work as a movie animal trainer, my career for 20 years previously. But as I had owned an animal actor company myself, I found that other companies viewed me a potential competitor and didn’t want to hire me. I also was trying to start a new business that I was very excited about, but was not having much luck selling my idea to potential clients.

It was a difficult time. I am normally a very positive person and am usually able to keep moving forward and feeling good, but it was not easy with the constant strain of very little money coupled with no luck with the new business on top of the separation from my husband. Not a good combination, new business and no capital to back it with no emotional support system.

I was invited to travel to Northern California to assist in a Dolphin Heart World weekend seminar. Dolphin Heart World is a school taught by Linda Shay and David Rosenthal. It teaches you how to incorporate the life skills that dolphins embody into your human life — skills such as living in joy, flow, movement, abundance, and love. I had completed this training several years earlier. I also thought I could use the trip to explore more contacts for the new business in the San Francisco Bay area while I was up there.

I decided to drive my rental car (which I could barely afford) up the California coastline, something I had never done before. I was looking forward to the adventure of the drive and to getting away from Los Angeles for a few days. I decided to take two days for the trip so I could take my time, follow my intuition, and stop to explore interesting places along the way.

As I started the drive up the coast through Ventura and toward Santa Barbara, I could feel myself relaxing and leaving the stress behind. I drove along the beautiful coastline, constantly looking out at the ocean with hopes of spotting dolphins past the surf line as I drove.

My first stop was Morro bay. I drove through the town and looked at a few shops, and then went out to the beach where three pairs of sea otters were playing in the kelp beds in the bay. I got out of the car and sat and watched them for about an hour. I enjoyed their happy antics and felt thrilled to be able to happen upon them. What an amazing place, where you can take a drive and find sea otters!

I stopped for the night in the cute little town of Cambria. I found a cheap hotel room and then set off exploring in the late afternoon light, and was drawn to a beach where I saw about 20 chubby harbor seals hauled out on the rocks very near shore. A few other people were looking at the harbor seals too. The seals were so calm around the people, you could literally get within five feet of them, and they would look back at you as you looked at them. They seemed to be the wiser of the two species observing each other. The seals appeared very content and relaxed, while we humans kept bouncing around the rocks, trying to get closer to the seals, taking pictures and searching for the same feeling of peace, relaxation and general contentment with their world that they had.

The next morning I continued on up the coast and saw a sign, near San Simeon, for an observation point for elephant seals, so I pulled over to check it out. It was the season for the big bulls to haul out and molt their old skin. It was fascinating to watch these huge animals lie around and hump about to move their massive bodies. It was also quite interesting to listen to their deep guttural voices. I spent several hours watching them, as well as a few young seals with their mothers on the beach. It is so humbling to watch such raw nature in front of you, animals simply living their lives, completely oblivious to the humans watching them and driving past them at high speeds on the nearby highway. We tend to think the world revolves around us, and really we are such a small part of the world, but leave such a huge impact and footprint, and often not a very positive one.

As I left the elephant seals behind to continue their busy lives of sleeping on the beach while their new skin cells replace the old, I headed north along the ever more jagged and impressive coastline. I found it hard to concentrate on driving while passing such raw natural beauty: rugged rock cliffs rising above the Pacific Ocean, so many shades of deep blue and turquoise.

On that particular day it was quite windy, so when I saw some splashing out in the water a few hundred yards offshore, I thought it must be waves crashing into one of the many rock outcroppings. Then I saw the splash again, and something about it just did not seem right for waves hitting a rock. Then I saw a huge white fin. Whales!!

I pulled over immediately and hiked the short distance to the small cliff and watched several humpback whales playing and splashing about on the surface. They were waving their long, white pectoral fins in the air. It was great fun and amazingly, nobody else in the many cars passing by even saw them. It is so typical of us to stay closed off on our own paths, unaware of the incredible beauty of nature that is all around us. All we have to do is widen our awareness, and it’s amazing what we can find — maybe even whales playing just outside our car window!

After about 15 minutes, the whales stopped playing and moved further out to sea. I got back in the car and as I drove further North, I started thinking about abundance.

As I mentioned, I had been struggling with money and trying to come up with a way to earn a decent living that would allow me to stay in Panama with my husband. It is difficult for a Panamanian to come to the US, as tourist visas are not given out freely. The US considers anyone from a Central American country a potential illegal alien, and even being married to a US citizen does not guarantee a visa. Finding good paying work in a third world country is also difficult, especially since I did not have legal status to work in Panama. It seemed a nearly impossible situation.

So with all of this weighing heavy on my mind, I began to think about abundance as I drove. I thought about how in nature, animals do not struggle to find their food. They may work hard to get it, but they rarely struggle to find it. For example, a baleen whale simply has to open his mouth and filter out the water and keep all the krill inside. A deer or antelope simply puts its head down to eat the succulent grasses at its feet. A lion lives surrounded by potential prey. A bird has access to limitless supplies of fruits, seeds or insects, and so on. It seemed that having abundance in the life of the animals was a God given right.

We humans have created a system of money that we use to buy the things we need to survive, like food, housing, clothing, etc. Why was it so easy for the animals that are surrounded by abundance and so difficult for me and so many other humans struggling with a lack of money and abundance?

Then I realized that this concept of limits and barriers to abundance is something that we have created in our own minds. It seems many of us have a limiting belief that says, “Money is hard to come by,” or “You have to work extremely hard to earn enough money,” or for others, “I do not deserve wealth or ease in life.”

One limiting belief I had for many years was “If I do something good for the world, I must suffer for it.” Or, “It is not possible to earn a decent living if you are performing a service to the world.” Most of us have one of these or similar limiting beliefs, whether we are conscious of it or not.

Then an image popped into my head of all the animals being surrounded by all they need to survive, and an invisible brick wall that sat between me and my own natural right to abundance. I saw how our limiting beliefs have created this invisible brick wall, and that most of us have bought into this way of thinking. I also saw that because it is simply a belief system, all we have to do is become aware of how ridiculous this belief is and drop it. All that we need then will flow in beautifully.

I remembered a news report I had heard a few months before, about several American business men lost in the Amazon jungle for several weeks. When they were finally found, they were near death from starvation. This shocked me. I remember thinking, “How can you starve in the tropical jungle?” There is such a wealth of plant species with fruits, berries, animal & insect life everywhere you look. I could not comprehend how these men were starving when food was everywhere around them.

I realized that this was exactly like the invisible brick wall that we have created between us and the flow of abundance. To these American city dwellers, the jungle was so foreign that nothing appeared edible, or they had a fear of eating the unknown. I realized all we have to do is open our eyes to reality. That abundance is all around us to be had and utilized — just as the jungle was all around these unfortunate men, whose limited beliefs and knowledge prevented them from partaking in the abundance that surrounded them.

The planet Earth is designed to provide for all who live on her. Everything has its place and should be in perfect balance with all around it. There are enough resources on the Earth right now for every species, humans included, to have all their basic needs met, such as housing, food, water, clothing, fuel, etc. Unfortunately, so many humans fall into the belief of lack that there is not enough, and those in power hoard the supplies of money, food, oil, etc. This creates a sense of power and control among those who have the resources to buy and hoard the basic necessities. They live with a fear-based mind set, afraid to let go and let everyone have enough.

It is time for all of us to break down that invisible brick wall and open up to allow the flow of abundance that truly is here for each and every one of us. Abundance is a natural state of being.

After this thought process went through my mind, I remembered something that was taught in the Dolphin Heart World School: Whales represent abundance. Whoa! Could all of this line of thinking have been directed to me from the whales I had just seen? Whales are the very definition of abundance. They are the largest animals on the planet. Their massive bodies are abundance incarnate. Many of them eat some of the smallest animals, krill & plankton. Humpback whales, for example, consume between 4,400-5,500 pounds of krill, plankton and small fish each day! If a whale is not open to the flow of abundance, he will starve. They are truly masters of abundance.

The more I thought about the connection between the whales and abundance, the more I was convinced that, indeed, they did help me understand the limiting barriers we humans have created for ourselves. Whether it came from them directly via telepathic communication or my brain made the connection between the whales representing abundance and how humans are not in the flow of abundance really does not matter. Seeing the whales was the catalyst for me to really think about and see how we as humans are actually preventing the natural flow of abundance from entering our lives. I was truly humbled and grateful, and sent a telepathic message to the whales of my deep gratitude for helping me make this connection and see how to open myself up to the flow of abundance.

The rest of my drive went uneventfully and smoothly. I was excited by my realization about abundance. The Dolphin School weekend was fabulous and energizing, as always. I did spend several unsuccessful and frustrating days trying to market my new product in the San Francisco Bay area. After that, I returned back to southern California to continue looking for ways to earn money.

I wish I could tell you that I instantly was able to break down my invisible wall blocking the flow of abundance in my life. But old habits can be hard to let go of. After returning to Los Angeles and continuing to bang my head against the wall (no pun intended) with my new product and looking for work, one day an idea came to me.

When I had been in Panama with my husband, I had started to do tour guiding to my husband’s Emberá Indian village. My husband is a member of the Emberá Indian tribe, who still live in traditional villages in the jungles of Panama. His family lives within a national park and survives through eco-tourism. I had seen tour guides bring groups to the village and thought, I could do that. I have such an intimate connection with the Emberá people, and have the advantage of being a native English speaker, which tourists appreciate. I had contacted tour operators in Panama about being a tour guide and a few of them hired me as a freelance guide for tours, but the work was sporadic and provided nowhere near enough income to survive on.

Then while I was in LA, I heard about a website where I could make a free five-page website. I got lucky with a great domain name, http://www.EmberaVillageTours.com and got to work building the website. I had no money to promote or advertise the site, but I did have plenty of time, so I spent many hours building and then submitting my new website to every search engine I could find.

Within a week, I started receiving emails from people wanting to book tours with me, and sending deposits! Then I received an email from a journalist with the KLM airlines in-flight magazine who wanted to experience and write about Emberá village tours for the magazine to promote the inauguration of their direct flights between Amsterdam and Panama. So I booked her tour, and then booked myself a return flight home to Panama.

The tours were starting to come in, and though the income was still not quite enough to support us, our financial situation was improving. I felt like there was still something missing I needed to ‘get’ about opening myself to the flow of abundance. I did a lot of deep thinking, praying, affirmations, and reading about it.

Then all of a sudden in one week it all finally came together. A friend sent me an email with spiritual insights about abundance that resonated with me. Then two days later, I realized a limiting belief about money from my childhood: I had felt that I did not deserve to have what I wanted and needed in life. I had completely buried this thinking, and was not aware of it until that moment. So I consciously made the choice to let go of that way of thinking, and stated to myself and the Universe, that I DO deserve to have what I want and need in life.

In a self-help seminar I had attended many years before, I had heard that most people have one of two fears: the fear of success, or the fear of failure. At the time I quickly decided I had the fear of failure, and had assumed that was true from that day forward. Thinking about it again with all these new insights, I realized with a shock that, no, I did not have a fear of failure at all. In fact, I had had many failures in my life and survived them just fine. What I really feared was success.

I was floored. I had no idea I held this fear of success, but looking back over my life, I realized that it was true. I had had a number of small successes, but nothing long-term or stable. So I declared to myself and the universe that, as of that moment, I let go of the fear of success. I welcomed success in all my endeavors.

That night I went to bed with these new realizations swirling through my mind, and had lovely dreams of swimming with whales and dolphins. When I woke up, I knew that something huge had shifted. I felt different, lighter, more positive and hopeful.

As I drove out along the Amador causeway, a road that goes between the Bay of Panama and the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, on my way to pick up tour clients, I felt an overwhelming urge to look toward the bay. I felt that I would see dolphins, though I never had seen them there before. The bay is actually quite polluted, so I thought I would more likely see dolphins on the Canal side where the water is much cleaner, but everything told me to look left.

Driving along, I kept looking to the left. As I neared an area where sailboats and yachts are anchored, I saw a dolphin jump completely out of the water! Slowing the car, I saw a small pod of about five dolphins swimming near the boats. I knew that this was the dolphins’ way of acknowledging and affirming all the inner work I had done regarding abundance. That is the one and only time I have ever since seen dolphins in the Bay of Panama.

From that point, the tours and customers kept flowing in. Websites like Trip Advisor were getting great reviews of my tours, and word-of-mouth referrals kept me extremely busy with Emberá village tours.

Now, I also lead whale and dolphin watching and swim trips in the Pearl Islands and Isla Coiba, here in Panama.

At our lowest point, my husband & I, literally had eight cents between us, and were living in $10 a night hotels (the kind that hookers use for their business). I had sold my car and all my furniture, including family heirlooms, for us to have money to eat and live.

Now, we have more than enough work and have rented a lovely home in a very nice area near the Panama Canal, with the jungle in the back yard, a car bought and paid for, and we just recently purchased a 12-passenger van to carry our tour clients. Life is good.

If I had not seen the whales that fateful day, I might still be stuck behind that invisible brick wall, instead of accepting and opening myself to receive the natural and deserved flow of abundance that this world has to offer all of its creatures — animal, plant and even humans.

Thank you, whales!

Get Real About Your Business

How would you like to have a Truly Profitable business and life?

Here’s how:

I heartily recommend a process that’s easy and most importantly, effective to do. It’s called a Time Audit. This simple, yet powerful process will help you to clear away the “fluff” from your weekly schedule so that you spend your time and energy on what really matters most.

Here’s what happened for my client…

I recently coached one of my clients, Jim, on how to do this process. This 30 minute exercise instantly showed him where the “time leaks” were in his business. He carefully evaluated all of his memberships and committee commitments and then streamlined his schedule by letting go of the groups and organizations that were no longer in perfect alignment with his goals. (Sometimes we get comfortable in our routines and stay on in roles and programs that are no longer a good fit.)

Jim’s results?

His activities are now “high-return” and making these shifts immediately brought him closer to his professional and personal goals, which meant higher-end clients and more “flex” time in his schedule to create and implement new profitable projects.

Time is your most precious commodity. Period.

Here’s what to do: Take 20-30 minutes to sit down and do a review of how you spend your time. Grab a pen,some paper and get down to business. (Tip: schedule your Time Audits quarterly to keep track you time and Return on Investment or ROI.)

Doing the time audit will immediately and precisely how you spend your time. It may shock you. The Time Audit will explain why you “never” seem to have enough time! The information you glean will allow you to decide which activities are “keepers” and which to let go of.

Be completely honest with yourself and write down on paper or computer what each of regular on-going commitments (be sure to include business and personal). This means all clubs, organizations, meetings, lunches etc. EVERYTHING. Add up the total amount of time you expend each month. Be sure to account for everything…drive time to and from events, extra social get-togethers, buddy lunches, etc.

Great job. Now you’ve got a very clear picture of how and where you are investing your time and energy.

Here are a few important questions to ask yourself:

*Is this commitment truly serving me in the highest possible way?
*What is my ROI?
*Is it time to move on?

Design your day with high-return activities. (I define high-return activities to include both business & personal items which bring you closer to the money AND what energizes you). Try this process. I promise that doing so will give you an abundance of time, energy and cash flow. Carpe Diem!

Business Opportunity – Ways to Build Strong Relationships in the Team

When we choose and work on a business opportunity, we gradually learn the process of working and dealing with different kinds of people. We build teams to work on achieving goals and form strong bonds.

Building relationships in a team is an ongoing process. We consistently learn to improve in building cohesion in the team. A strong team ensures harmony at work environment, helps in achieving success, and it maximizes the revenues. Thus, it can be said that the key to a successful business lies in building a strong team.

Creating a Strong Team:

Creating an excellent team involves participation of the different members of the business with their levels of skill and abilities. You need to fit them in a team which matches their capabilities and motivate them to achieve the preset goals.

Everyone in the team follows certain policies so that they understand their work and their responsibilities. When everyone understands their responsibilities, the chances of success of business opportunity will be really higher.

Building strong relationships in Team

Let us look at the following lessons on building strong relationships in a team to achieve the business goals:

The first lesson for building strong relationship within the team is by making everyone aware of the objectives and goals. A team can disintegrate if the members are not here about their roles. Neglecting the importance of the clear-cut objectives in the team leads to confusion and frustration among team members.

Second significant lesson for building strong relationships is team bonding. That will tend to prevail when the members are motivated to achieve the success together. Rather than building own individualistic purpose, clear cut focus is required which in turn helps in preventing selfishness.

Third significant lesson is to ensure that team members understand the importance in being accountable for their actions. The team leader as well as the team members should take the responsibility for the team success as well as failures.

Benefits of Team building:

From the above, we can learn that building strong relationships in a team can produce a number of benefits.

o Team building increases the productivity as everyone works together towards a common goal, without factions or any other divisive elements.

o Team building helps in creating an atmosphere of energy, trust, confidence, energy and creativity.

o Team building results in the accumulation of ideas and results due to more participants. New strategies and organizational planning policies can be developed based on discussions.

o Team building helps people to from a personal bond and it builds a certain amount of rapport. People become more tolerant and are able to work in an amicable way through different situations.

o Team building benefits the business opportunity as it leads to increase in sales, lower costs, higher turnover and less absenteeism as people become more conscious of the team results rather than individual benefits.

A team-oriented enterprise will not only prosper but will enable the people in the business opportunity venture to produce sound results and the cohesive efforts will promote the business abundantly.