Three times in the past year, my Higher self/Spirit has asked me to take risks. Two of them big, scary, life-changing risks. The people around me – friends, family – generally think I make stupid decisions that by lucky chance lead to good stuff happening. What really happens is that my Higher self harasses me to take certain action- I see an opportunity to do something and it seems too big and scary to pursue, but I get this intuitive voice which starts singing ‘do it, do it’. And it doesn’t stop bugging me until I go down the path my spirit wants to take. Some of the paths are scary for me, and lead to short-term discomfort. And sometimes I wish I could ignore the spirit part of me that loves going out exploring.

Starting an online business

If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know that in February of 2008, I quit my job teaching English in Spain and went back to the UK to start this business doing professional intuitive readings. At the time, I was pretty scared, because I had no money or savings, no website, a very small client base and no business or internet skills. Most people thought I would fail, at least in the short-term.

My old job bored me to tears and I’d rather have been unemployed than doing a job I hated. For a few months prior to quitting I was walking around with a volcano of dissatisfaction in me. My Higher self sang the same old tune every day for about three months ‘quit your job, go back home’. Staying there made me miserable and I had lots of health problems which disappeared as soon as I went back home. And luckily for me, the online business thing worked out and I woke up every day grateful that I could do work I loved.

Long-term benefit out of 10= 10

Short-term unpleasantness = 5

Investing in an expensive business workshop

The next time Spirit decided it was time to harass me again was in July 2008 when I came across a business workshop held by Bernadette Doyle of Client Magnets.

I had been receiving Bernadette’s newsletter for some time and by chance clicked onto the sales page for her business development workshop that she was giving in the Autumn and my Higher self whispered ‘ready to do something scary again?’

The workshop cost £2000 in total (which is perhaps a reckless amount to pay when you’ve only been in business for a few months and when you don’t really have that kind of money, except when you dig into your overdraft and credit cards.)

I closed the page and thought ‘no way’. But over the next few hours it was all I could think about. My Higher self was singing that song again. I knew I had to do it.

The workshop turned out to be fantastic and propelled me forward in ways I didn’t expect. I’m still amazed by the secondary benefits of doing it. It gave me greater confidence to create the business I want and gave me much clarity about what kind of business I wanted long-term and how I’m going to get there. But it involved so much sacrifice in the short term, I ended up being quite pissed off about it.

Long-term benefit= 5-6

Short-term unpleasantness = 6

Going to Australia to meet my online boyfriend

In October of last year I began an online relationship with a guy who lives in Australia. I was living in London. We met on a forum and got talking. And we never really stopped talking from that day onwards. We talked every day for hours. And I knew that I wanted to meet him.

So about six weeks ago, I booked a plane ticket to meet him and we spent three lovely weeks together. So lovely that I didn’t want to go back. My spirit started singing that song again. So we discussed me staying and he was all for it. I moved to my mum’s home in New Zealand temporarily and got a one-year visa for Australia and we’re getting ready to move in together.

I’m not sure what the benefits of taking this action will be, but I trust that something wonderful will come of it. Already in this relationship, I have learned so much about communication and myself. I’m very excited that I get to spend more time with someone I really like.

Long-term benefit= I don’t know yet!

Short-term unpleasantness = 7? (I left my life, friends and flat behind in London.)

How do you get your intuitive nudges to take action that scares you? Do you follow them?

What song is your Spirit singing to you right now?

Does it involve any risk taking?

Do you dare?