One of the first things Julie mentioned is how tough it is to deal with adversity, and how easy it is to forget that facing adversity is part of the challenge of following your purpose.
I talk about this in my book too…
While I think it’s true that the universe will support you as you speak your truth and attempt to live a life of meaning and purpose.
It’s also true that you will face opposition sooner or later. Not everyone will support who you are and what you’re about.
Sometimes the people you think you can count on the most, will let you down. Has this happened to me? Yes, of course. Will it happen to you? Count on it. (But remember that it’s normal).
So how do you get through what you’re going through right now, and stay on track withwhat at you feel called to do or what you promised you would do?
Here’s what works for me…
Focus on who you feel called to serve instead of yourself. The mission must be greater than yourself.
Take one step at at time and enjoy each step of the journey. You can’t do it all at once.
Understand that the people who won’t support you will help you understand and and appreciate who DOES support you.
Maintain a daily spiritual practice and eat a sensible diet. You can’t function with a broke down body or a broke down spirit.
Here’s what I want you get as you listen to the interview, Barbara. There’s light at the end of the tunnel. Stay in the game. You can get through this.
Challenges will come and challenges will go. Haters will come and haters will go.
But you can get through this. Now is not the time to give up. Feel free to write to tell me what you’re going through and I will respond as soon as possible.
Talk soon! P.S. Don’t forget to download the interview. You’ll find it helpful. P.S. If you would like a signed copy of my book, email me at email@example.com, and let me know if you prefer to purchase a softcover cover or a hard cover.
All my love! James WeeksMeditations Across The King’s River
Three words came to me from my ancestors this morning, and I was told to share them with you.
…Focus, Faith @ Follow Through.
I hope you remember these words. I plan to remember them.
I believe that if you can remember these words on a daily basis for at least 90 days, amazing things can happen for you. There can be a tremendous shift not only in your life but in your lifestyle.
And some things you’re struggling with right now will become distant memories.
You can go from feeling stuck to feeling free…
And from feeling unsure to feeling empowered. And from barely surviving to thriving.
How does this sound to you? What would a more empowered life look like or feel like for you?
Focus, Faith and Follow Through is important to me right now because I’m on an international book tour to promote my book, Meditations Across The King’s River.
However, I’m still doing spiritual consultations for clients, and I’m still working on my film bit by bit.
This month, April, I’ll be doing book signings in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
As I work with clients, sometimes it becomes clear that what’s holding them back is lack of focus. It’s not that they don’t have good ideas; sometime the real issue is that they are chasing too many good ideas.
Here’s the thing. If everything is your focus, then nothing is your focus. Narrow your goals down to one or two things.
And faith? Without faith it’s hard to stay energized, or draw the right resources or people to you. And without faith you’ll give up when you should keep going, even if you’re on the verge of success.
And follow through? Nothing can happen without it.
I hope you can remember these words — focus, faith and follow-through, for at least 90 days, my friend. I don’t know what your aspirations are but I know you deserve better. We all do.
What you envision for your life is possible.
I would love to know what you would like to achieve in the next 90 days. Feel free to write and I will respond as soon as possible.
Until then, may the ancestors continue to guide and protect you.
A few weeks ago I attended a workshop with one of my mentors…
He believes there are only nine things that could hold you back from rising to the top in 2019.
Well, I’ll be honest…
He said there are ten things that could hold you back, but I’ve decided to share nine of them.
Being paralyzed by fear is first on the list.
Thinking but not taking action.
Being too comfortable with your present situation.
Acting from a state of desperation instead of working from a plan.
Being too concerned with the opinions of others.
Being obsessed with results instead of taking action.
Short term thinking instead of long term thinking.
Lack of belief in yourself and your vision.
I love the framework of potential stumbling blocks my mentor provided, because it’s easy to grasp.
…And the beautiful thing is that if you are feeling stuck right now I challenge you to review this list to see if any of these nine items apply to you. If so, address it, deal with it. Don’t let 2019 end up being just like 2018 unless you’re happy with how 2018 turned out.
I review this list weekly as I plan my next steps for promoting my book and working on my film.
Would love to hear what you’re struggling with. So please comment on this blog, and I’ll be sure to respond with tips to help you out.
That’s what my mentor, Dr. Afolabi Epega used to say. His Spirit follows me around everywhere I go, and that’s why I had to share some of his wisdom in my book, Meditations Across The King’s River.
Some Spirits never leave you alone. LoL!
The photo of Baba in this newsletter was taken when he was a very young man. Baba was a scientist as well as a fifth generation Ifa priest. He taught me the science and the art of Ifa divination.
And he died way too soon…
But his legacy and wisdom lives on. When Baba talks about keeping your doors open, he’s talking about relationships and friendships.
Pay close attention. His message applies to you — it applies to all of us.
Baba strongly felt we should not cling to people who want to leave us. “Never fight to stay in an unproductive relationship or friendship,” he said. If someone close to you wants to leave for any reason, by all means let her or him go. That’s right! Open your doors.
Here’s the thing.
By opening your doors, you make room for a new blessing, or a new relationship or friendship to enter your life. Blessings can’t enter a closed door.
Look! I know it’s not easy to let people go. But sometimes you have to, in order to grow. Like you, I’ve had to say goodbye to some folks. In many cases, I still love and miss them.
It’s painful at times, to be honest…
But then Baba’s words come back to me with clarity and warmth, and I realize that learning how to move on is one of the most important life lessons we all have to learn.
I would love to hear about your experiences in letting go…
So write me and I’ll be sure to write back as soon as time permits.
Until we talk again. All my love to you and your family!
That’s what my friend, Jewel Love, told me when we met for coffee in Oakland about two weeks ago.
Jewel is a therapist and the founder of Black Executive Men…
He’s also my accountability partner. We help each other stay on track professionally.
When we met for coffee, I was reminding him that less than two years ago we were sharing our dreams. He was hoping to build his private practice as a therapist, and I was telling him about my plans for launching my book Meditations Across The King’s River.
Today, Jewel’s business is booming, and my book has arrived in many homes around the world. We are both grateful.
Near the end of the second chapter of my book, I share strategies that help keep me focused each day.
But since 2019 is here, I just wanted to share a tip on goal setting. You don’t necessarily have to set new goals, but you absolutely must decide what goals are most important to you and focus on them.
Having too many goals is just as unwise as having zero goals.
Since Jewel is a gifted therapist, I’ve asked him to share three tips for coping with depression and anxiety as you navigate through 2019. Here’s what he suggested:
Therapy: Don’t be afraid to seek therapy, says Jewel, who’s specialty is psychotherapy. If you’re struggling emotionally from current or past wounds, meeting with a gifted therapist can help you heal.
Have a Wellness Practice: Meditate, walk in nature, eat a balanced diet, and stay away from toxic people who leave you feeling drained. Pick a wellness practice that resonates with you, and commit to doing it at least three times a week.
Share Your Gifts With The World: “Many people are depressed because they’re not living in alignment with their purpose and higher calling,” says Jewel. “As you give your creative gifts away, it will likely lessen the load in your own soul.”
This is all for now. To get more wellness tips from Jewel Love, sign up for his FREE newsletter at Black Executive Men.
Please know I will be here to guide you through 2019. Feel free to inbox me and share your goals for the new year. As you know, I always write back.
On behalf of my family and elders in Africa, I wish you and your family a prosperous, healthy and happy new year.
Thank you for supporting the launch of my book Meditations Across The King’s River.
Since we launched the book last weekend, copies have been shipped to countries around the world.
I am grateful for your support of this popular book.
My elders in Africa are working spiritually to get this book in the hands of as many people as possible…
If you didn’t get a chance to order Meditations Across The King’s River yet, you can do so by visiting acrossthekingsriver.com.
Even if you only embrace a few of the spiritual or financial strategies in this book, 2019 can be a better year for you. This book has sixteen essays and powerful affirmations.
In the chapter, Nigeria: Escape and Immersion, I talk about my spiritual journey to Africa with my son, but I also talk about something we all struggle with — and that something is loss.
Loss is painful but it’s part of the human journey; it’s one of the most difficult spiritual lessons to learn. But we all have to learn it.
Loss can come in many ways: death of a loved one, a relationship or friendship, but there are other forms loss.
I can relate to your feelings of loss because I’ve experienced loss too…
But here’s what I’ve learned, Paulette. On a spiritual level, the lessons of loss challenge us to appreciate each moment, and to appreciate who’s still in our life, even though we may still miss those who are not.
Loss also teaches us that like nature, everything in life follows cycles and patterns.
When something ends, a new beginning is on the way, and it can be beautiful even though it’s difficult.
If you’re struggling with loss or anything else, feel free to send me an email…
I’ll respond as soon as I can. I’m slightly behind on emails, but I try to make it a point to respond to all emails I receive.
Again, here’s the link for more information about my book which can be purchased at Balboa Press.com, Amazon and Barnes and Nobles, acrossthekingsriver.com.
Until we speak again, have a safe and wonderful holiday season with your family.
I’m getting ready to launch my book, Meditations Across The Kings River, in another week or less, and I wanted to let you know I’m grateful you are in my life.
Here’s the truth…
None of us can make it alone. We all need each other, more than we might want to admit at times.
As I share my spiritual journey in my book, I also share strategies to help you on your goals of wellness in 2019: spiritual wellness, emotional wellness, and financial wellness.
Like I said, we have your back…
Plus, every week, I’ll be sharing additional insights that I didn’t have time or space to include in the book. If you implement some of these strategies, you’ll be rocking and rolling in 2019.
The cover of my book was designed by one of the great artists of our times. His name is Mark “Feijao” Milligan.
Feijao grew up across the street from me on the island of St. Croix, but we only met a few years ago because he’s younger than I am.
The cover of my book has great spiritual significance. The golden halos around the heads of the children and the elder indicate these are visitors from the Other World, yet they are also from this world.
I’m also from another world, and so are you. We are all spirits on a mission, and we can and should learn from each other.
The elder is also significant. He has to guide and protect these explorers to make sure they get where they are going. He can’t afford to let them drift off course.
Someone you can’t see is guiding and protecting you. His/her job isn’t necessarily to give you what you want. An elder, or the ancestors, look at the big picture of your life — they need to make sure you stay on track and in alignment with your mission.
If you look back at your life a few years from now, it will become clear to you why certain things happened the way it did. You’ll even figure out why some people had to leave and why some people had to come into your life.
Your spirit guides have High Intelligence, and are experts in their field.
There’s a beautiful plan for you. Don’t get discouraged. You are in good hands. Be confident. Straighten your back. Keep your head up at all times.
I have to run because I am finalizing things for the book launch next week. I know you’ll love Meditations Across The King’s River.
I speak to you from my heart — not from things I’ve read in a book, but from things I’ve experienced — blood, sweat, tears and faith.
You see, back in 2003 when I was being initiated into the Ifa spiritual tradition — my spiritual godfather, Aseda — the elder in this picture, told me I would write a book one day.
Well, 2003 was 15 years ago. To most people, 15 years is a long time, but to the Spirit world, 15 years is no time at all — it’s not even the blink of an eye.
As you know, my book Meditations Across The King’s River will be published in December. I’m excited about the book and all the spiritual lessons and affirmations I’ll be sharing with you.
In order for me to write a powerful book, I had to have certain experiences. Most of these experiences did not happen overnight. They happened over a long period of time. Spiritual growth is not a race.
Time worked in my favor.
And guess what? I believe time can work in your favor too.
Our society sends us a dangerous message 24/7. It makes us think that everything we aspire to achieve should happen right away, and if it doesn’t happen right away, then something must be wrong with our vision or with us.
Well, that’s a lie, and you shouldn’t fall for it…
Your season will come when it’s meant to come. Just like you can’t plant tomatoes in the winter and expect them to grow in the snow, every vision Spirit gives us must bloom in the right season.
It’s spiritual law, my friend, not man’s law…
Every house needs a strong foundation. Every vision needs a strong foundation too. Your ancestors are trying to lay a strong foundation for you.
And they will also ensure you have all the experience you need. It’s a process — not an overnight job.
Our challenge is to step back and look at our lives from a larger perspective — God’s perspective. Trust the process; continue to have faith despite all the challenges you’ve been facing.