In MindValley’s Program, Be Extraordinary, Vishen Lakhiani challenges us to reject the inherited Bullshit Rules (Brules) that hold us back from succeeding, earning, loving, healing and growing to our fullest potential. Remember my article where I said that I wanted to “bend reality”? This is what Vishen is going to help me accomplish.
Since I’ve started MindValley’s program Be Extraordinary the breakthroughs have been quite a few. Vishen starts by teaching us the four levels of consciousness. He asks the question:
What was a shift that caused you to go from victim to understand that you have the power within you? Was it a book, a teacher, a movie? Or was it pain or suffering?
Today, I am writing about my own experiences and awakening moments based on these four levels:
Level 1 – The World Around Us. “Living in the Culturescape”
The time I went from level 1 to level 2:
My awakening happened when I had the opportunity to go and work 200km away from my parent’s house. It was an opportunity to start my adult life independent from the cultural rules that I had been brought up with. I was seeking freedom to express myself and to live life on my own terms. This is one of my core business messages. I want to inspire you to run your business on your terms. There is no wrong or right way of doing things and strategy is flexible.
Level 2 – The World You Choose. “The Awakening”
My experience going from level 2 to level 3:
The awakening happened when I packed my bags and stood at the airport in Lisbon thinking “this is going to be the beginning of your life Sofia”. I was moving to the UK and leaving everything I knew behind to embark on a new life adventure. Never in a million years, I dreamt of moving to a different country and seek new experiences, adventures and work opportunities. This was not familiar to me but even though it was unknown I was truly excited about what was to come my way and embraced it as “is”.
Level 3 – The World Inside You. “Recoding Yourself”
The leap from level 2 into level 3:
The moment I wrote my resignation letter and decided that enough was enough and that I deserve to be successful and turn my hobby into a proper business. I quit my mundane 9 to 5. Mix feelings of excitement and fear. Fear of the unknown and scared of doing it alone.
My senses were awakened when back in September 2014 I heard Simon Sinek Ted Talk on “beginning with the Why”. Something inside of me just clicked and I couldn’t shut up about it. This happened a couple of weeks before I resigned and it has been instrumental in my decision for following my dreams and starting my business.
Another awakening moment was when I attended Esther Hicks (and Abraham) at a seminar weekend in Amsterdam. That weekend was magical and full of breakthrough moments that I will never forget. The energy in that room was off the scales and I took home a sense of relief and calmness that I had never experienced in my life before.
I believe I’m at level 3 at the moment according to what Vishen explained. I’ve manifested my dream house, return to my home country and I’m doing exactly what I’m passionate about. I feel total gratitude for what I have, what I’ve achieved in life and for the people who I choose to call friends. I am present in the NOW and I trust the universe to deliver.
Level 4 – The World You Can Change. “Become Extraordinary”
A Sense of Connectedness:
I’ve met so many creative Entrepreneurs who feel stuck and frustrated with not knowing how to technically translate their passionate vision into the online world. I once had a conversation with an amazing coach that felt she couldn’t trust anyone with building her online presence. She was in tears and on the brink of giving up. She had been working with a web developer that did not deliver on her promise. This makes my heart weep. I know how frustrating and sad it is to fall into the hands of someone who takes your good nature and your money. (I lost £20k back in 2008 due to a scam).
I felt her desperation in my skin and in my heart so strongly that I knew in that instance exactly how to service my community and most importantly how to guide them into safety and towards their vision eliminating the overwhelm and the techie gremlins. I truly feel the happiest when I am guiding others to achieve their dreams and desires.
Tap into my INTUITION:
I never knew why but I’ve always had this 6th sense (gut feeling… call it what you want!). This has always guided me to make my decisions and to never regret my actions. I can easily translate visually any problems and turn them into solutions. My intuition always guided me in the right direction and there have been moments in my life that due to this gift, I was able to navigate through with ease and flow.
Trust comes from within and when I feel in tune with it, that energy expands and touches others. Being able to tap into my intuition allows for my creative thinking and doing to flourish and grow.
Inspiration “drives” my intentions
It’s my GPS driving me towards my dreams and desires. ALWAYS. This is the word that comes to mind when I reflect on this statement.
My mum’s stories have always inspired me to take action no matter what.
FACTS: My mum was the first girl in her village to wear trousers, champion at clay shooting and driving a car by the age of 14 (supervised by my grandfather, obviously!).
Mum told me a story once when she took her driving licence. She passed her written test with flying colours but when she went to do her driving test, her male driving instructor told her that she was going to fail because she was a woman.
Back then in the late ’50s, it was unheard of a woman driving a car. This was a man’s skill.
My mum was livid but she never gave up. She went back and persisted and finally managed to “bend reality” (LOL) and pass her driving test.
She’s my fountain of inspiration and every time I feel down and unmotivated, I pick up the phone and just listen to her voice and her encouraging words. I pick myself up and move on.
I can hear mum say: “This is not like you Sofia, let’s do it…you can do this…Força” (which means “have the strength” in Portuguese).
LUCK is on my side:
The moment our family made the decision to move to my home country in order to pursue a different lifestyle, there was magical guidance that gave us the strength and tenacity to continue with our new adventure.
We put our house on the market but it wasn’t selling for months so I recurred to the help of a Healer to help me sell my house.
We needed to sell to be able to find a suitable home in Portugal. However, something was not allowing the house to sell. We had enough viewings but no offers. I truly believe that houses and plots of land carry a history and energy upon them. And if this is not cleared, it can slow down its passing through.
The whole process with the healer was fascinating and I was fully committed from day one. Then after just one month, something truly magical happened. The house sold to a lovely couple who wanted to start their family in our house. I was baffled but not surprised. All I could think was “WOW that was fast”.
The action I took, allowed us to build our dream home from scratch near the beach. This has been a dream of mine since I was 12 years old when I dreamed of designing and building my dream home.
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
IT’S A WRAP
I believe in transcendent energy (or angels) that guides me unconditionally. Mine has been guiding me for many years. I know she looks over me as I will one day look over another. Sometimes I feel “deja vu” events or familiar smells from the past around me.
We all have a STORY to tell and live. Our uniqueness and resilience make us WHO we are. When we find out who we truly are and how we want to live life to the fullest then life gives us blessings that we should feel grateful for.