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A big welcome back to another week of Sacred Women’s Business. Did you know that your life matters? Your sacred business also matters because it’s an extension of who you are and what you stand for. No matter where you stand right now, you are unconditionally accepted and appreciated for what you are attempting to achieve. You have a huge heart and an even bigger mission. You’ve got so much determination and grit, that in spite of many challenges, you are emerging as a success story. You’ve come to the right place for the tips, tools and support you need to keep making your big mission a reality.
Sankalpa is a Sanskrit word meaning resolution or determination. It is a pledge and a firm decision to accomplish one particular thing in spite of facing troubles in its achievement. In Sanskrit ‘San’ means ‘good’ and ‘Kalpa’ means ‘creation.’ When you consciously set your sankalpa, it means you are committing to clearly define and focus on a chosen goal. This effectively awakens a giant within – a will-power of epic goddess warrior proportions. The strength of willpower comes when both your conscious and unconscious minds are in alignment.
A sankalpa is formed by a short phrase or sentence, clear and concise, repetitively referred to. It’s like an affirmation. It forms the basis for crossing a river of possibilities towards a chosen destination. It’s critical to know where you’re heading when you’re living a life purpose which insists upon you making a significant contribution and leaving a sizeable legacy. A sankalpa can be likened to a stepping stone on the river of life. It allows you to cross the river with greater awareness and consciousness.
Until now, a negative or constricting quality has been holding you back, like a bad habit. If that negative quality is successfully navigated and dealt with, then change is inevitable. There is always a positive, dormant quality behind the bad habit that has been attempting expression in the world. Consciousness will always seek positive, abundant, easeful, open and joyous expression. However, a pattern of conditioning or karma has thwarted or repressed this expression. When patterning and conditioning is no longer taken for granted and seen for what it truly is, a noticeable change can occur allowing more of the benevolent life-force to stream through you, usually spontaneously in inspired action.
Intuitively, this is when you feel like the awakened goddess warrior. It’s in those invincible times when your nature, your character, your path and your dharma (or soul purpose) are all fully aligned in motion. You are productive and clear. The changes you consciously seek start to show up. Sometimes these changes are nothing short of miraculous, as though divine intervention has taken place. This is the ultimate reward for your faith and trust in benevolence. Faith is where there is a harmonious alignment of personality, emotions, mentality and body wisdom all working in a united way. How can this not succeed? Interestingly, sankalpa is used in yoga practice and yoga means ‘union’.
Your sankalpa is not influenced by words alone. It may be symbolised as images, felt as sensations and sensed as feelings either forcible or quietly known. The intellect does not question, the belief is unquestionable and unshakeable.
Coaching is a constant process of conscious sankalpa setting. At Sacred Women’s Business, we use neurolinguistic programming (NLP) techniques to support you to sense your body’s awareness of your patterning and conditioning and where it has been affecting you or holding you back. Setting sankalpa is part of coaching’s magic. It supports you to understand your destination and just what it will take for you to see and step on those stepping stones across the river to your destiny.
Awakening your internal power as a goddess warrior in your business, your relationships and your life requires tending to your sankalpa daily with a deep certainty and faith that it is so. To set a sankalpa for your business, ask yourself where you would like to be at a future time to bring greater results. Create a short sentence in the present tense which illustrates your desire as though it is already so. For example, “I am successfully and joyously at work in my six-figure business doing what I love” or “I am working with dream clients three days a week in ways that are deeply fulfilling.” Your sankalpa becomes your mantra. Remind yourself gently on a regular basis of what you have intended. Write it down where you can see it to remind you. Let go and surrender to its power so that you are not attached to its outcome and so that you can enjoy the journey of realising it with full faith in its inevitable achievement.
Remember, sankalpa is a firm decision to accomplish one particular thing in spite of facing troubles in its achievement. We all have challenges. Sometimes those challenges feel insurmountable but they are often key to our successful realisation of our intentions.
In my case, the epic battles I have had with depression all my adult life has lead me to a deep appreciation for creating conscious sankalpa. Depression has a physiological explanation but comes from a deep ancestral wounding which is labeled ‘genetic predisposition’ in Western Medicine. If sankalpa wasn’t a part of my ritual, day-to-day practice, my life and business trajectory would inevitably spiral downwards. Setting conscious intentions enables me to course correct and to practice fierce feminine determination to achieve my goals no matter what my challenging mood state brings. Ultimately, the flipside of depression is a deep yearning for fulfillment, meaning, meaningful connection and spiritual insight. These yearnings have served me so well to create the business of my dreams which is evolving in ways that I have intended and in ways that are surprisingly better and greater than I could have ever predicted.
I am so looking forward to sharing more about sankalpa with you in my new book Healing the Heart of Your Business due to be released later in 2014.
Here’s to always leading with deep, abiding faith in your heart,
Namaste and glorious love, light and blessings to you dear one,