Lindsay and I have come together a few times over the years to create magic. As I started putting this piece together I realized in one way or another our meetings always took place on a version of sacred ground.
Whether we were filming at her farm…complete with horses, Llamas, goats, chickens, dogs and a wigwam or two, a rural retreat center in the heat of the summer or on a storied Los Angeles ranch that has been used as a movie set since the 1920’s, there has always been a powerful earthy setting for our gatherings. Since that’s exactly how I would describe Lindsay, it makes total sense. There are no accidents.
One of the things I love about you is you are able to really balance your soft loving maternal energy with your warrior spirit. Why do you think cultivating that balance is so important for women now?
Thank you for that beautiful reflection Timothi, it means the world to me to know that these two aspects of “self” I hold so sacred are witnessed so gracefully by someone I admire as much as you. Thank you!
My short answer is that we must. We must. These times necessitate that we show up as strong, grounded leaders while at the same time bringing our humanity, love and compassion forward. The rise of the new paradigm feminine leader will require that we walk in the world) in this way. Loving Leader. Warrior Peacemaker. They may seem like oxymorons but they’re not. Now is the time.
How does that translate into our business lives?
We must measure ourselves based on our profitability for sure – but also by our social impact, our value based leadership and our ability to work WITH our natural and human resources – not against them. This translates into policies and practices that honor people and planet first. Pricing that allows for sliding scales and inclusive access. Resonance based marketing as opposed to scarcity based marketing and more. I truly believe women entrepreneurs are leading the way here.
I know you started in the corporate world. What was the inspiration for moving out of that space and into the one you are in now?
You know, for me, I lacked the courage to make the decision to make a change in my professional life and ignored my inner knowing for far too long. Eventually my body made the decision for me – and like far too many who ask so much of themselves in highly driven careers I became ill, and ultimately left Silicon Valley to retire to the country at the ripe old age of 30. For me that eventually meant returning to the workforce but on my own terms – as entrepreneur and mentor – where I could merge my extensive background in “traditional” business with my “new paradigm” approach for holistic life and business. I feel blessed every day to do the work in the world that I get to do. I feel honored to help others do the same in their lives.
How did the Mystic’s Society come into play?
The Mystic’s Society is a membership community that grew out of my work running intimate mastermind groups for emerging women leaders and entrepreneurs. The Mystic’s Society is a “new paradigm” business community in that it honors the values we’ve discussed above while supporting creatives, healers, practitioners and intuitives. There is no “fake it til you make it” with this crew – everything they do comes from the heart (and the soul) and deserves to also be profitable and successful. That’s my job. To help make it so.
What do you see it evolving into?
Over the next 10 years we will see the Mystic’s Society grow into a global network of wildly successful new paradigm leaders leveraging each other’s insight, know-how and best practices for massive success delivering powerful world change. It’s already happening. It’s an honor to witness and lead in this capacity.
There are alot of women using “female empowerment” as a marketing tool in business. I see it as the wholesale selling of a glossy magazine lifestyle. What do you think needs to change to shift that paradigm into a place of deeper authenticity? Deeper connection? Something that’s more applicable to the here and now?
I totally agree. In fact I resist the “women’s empowerment lifestyle” label in business whenever it is presented. I resist it not because I don’t believe in women’s empowerment” but because we need to do better. There are people doing “empowerment” with conscience, people like Celia Ward-Wallace and Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin are two to follow. But in my world we have our sights set on “Right Livelhood.” Right Livehood is a combination of three things: Soul Purpose & Path, Sacred Commerce and New Paradigm Leadership. This isn’t “women’s empowerment” or “men’s empowerment” – this is a HUMAN-empowerment. It is every person’s right to be aligned to their purpose and worth.
With so many power shifts in the world right now, there’s a lot to throw us off center. How do you feel we need to walk this walk? To keep our sanity? To keep creating? To stay on our game?
There is a reason we are being stirred so deeply. We must not be complicit in the destabilization of our most core values and truths as a democracy. It was clearly time to see what needed to be changed, and even more important that we see our way to being part of the solution. Whether that is speaking your truth in your own circles, making signs and getting out to walk with your community, or calling in your expectations to your representatives (voting is a given please!) do what you can to speak your truth and stand in your convictions. There is a great quote from Desmond Tutu that says “to find Peace you don’t talk to your friends, you talk to your enemies.” There is such wisdom in this quote. We must find a way to bring all voices and views to the table and re-orient ourselves on our shared values, and release the distractions that have divided us so deeply.
How can we incorporate this notion of creating value and change on the global level?
It’s already happening. We have been united by social media and global commerce in ways we might never have imagined even a decade ago. But especially as Americans, we are still so blind to much of what is going on around the world. We continue to walk in the world as self-focused adolescents instead of maturing into the nation we could truly be. Start with impeccable choices in your news reporting. Look for non-biased global sources like the BBC and seek out various views and voices. The more aware we are of the issues straining the global fabric of humanity across the globe the more powerful our collective response can be. We are facing huge global challenges in our times, it will take innovation, creativity and connection to work through them together.
How are your children navigating this time? What tools are you sharing with them?
I remind my children every day that our strengths are actually in our differences. As mother nature shows us, a monoculture breeds all kinds of disesase and overgrowth. But a diverse ecosystem grows more rich and more abundant with the seasons. We can follow her lead. And when in doubt – return to gratitude. Even the most simple gratiude practices in the home and in the family bring us back to what is good and true. And from there we can create positive ripples even in the most trying times.
What’s next for Lindsay?
July 2017 marks 7 years of a daily gratitude practice I share on my personal page on Facebook called “365 days of gratitude.” Each day I choose a single moment in which I felt truly grateful that day and I post it with a photo or quote. I’ve been compiling annual books of that daily practice each year, and as I enter the 8th year I plan to bring it to a wider audience. I hope to inspire more people to choose gratitude over grief and step forward with their resiliency and light. I’m excited to do what I can to support that movement forward. One grateful day at a time.