Being in the “Doing” and Loving It

by Elisa Van Arnam on · 10 comments

"When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of creation is completed inside us, the doors of our souls fly open and love steps forth to heal everything in sight." -Michael Bridge

I love this quote. I love the simplicity of it. I love how it boils down the nuances, subtle or not. Live your heart's desire it says, and all will be well.

Only, you and I both know; there's a lot more to it than that.

I co-founded a business with a friend 2 years ago. It's an inspirational, conceptual card and gift company. It was birthed from a vision my partner saw in her mind; a sad person standing alone in the middle of nowhere and someone on the back of a cart handing them a small piece of paper with a note on it. The note is read, the strangers connect with their eyes and they smile and something shifts ever so slightly in the universe.

My business partner and I are both mothers. Both concerned about the future of our world for our children's sake. We wanted to create something that would make a difference. We decided that the vision was about connecting people. It was about banishing loneliness and creating a deeper space for kindness among friends and strangers.

Our hands began to do the work of our hearts. We translated that vision into a product line and at first we felt the "circle of creation" was complete. We'd had the vision, we'd used our powers of imagination and all kinds of skill sets we never knew we had and created an actual physical manifestation of the vision.

We felt at that point that something magical would take place. That the doors of our souls would open and love would heal all, meaning we'd be validated, we'd be happy, we'd be fulfilled…but then we had to concretize our product in the marketplace. We had to have a Facebook account, we had to learn to use Twitter and Hootsuite and find a web designer. We needed to find legions of people to sell it for us all over the country. We needed to go to gift shows and write business plans and learn to create articles for ourselves for PR purposes.

Someone told us that if we created a couple of new products they'd sell even better then the first one. So we created them. We put our hearts and souls into that and found printers and eco-friendly packaging and designers and thought, OK when we get these to market, the circle will be complete and our souls will fly open and love will step forth and heal everything in sight. WooHooo!

But then there was the blog and the sales reps and the needing to get a national magazine and the new idea that would change the world…

And we realized, along the way, in fits and starts…that there wasn't anything outside ourselves that was going to suddenly show us that we'd made it or that we'd reached some great plateau of service where there was a band playing and a ribbon to be run through. It would never be that way. We would never be "at the end." It's a journey, (thank goodness) not a destination.

Just about that time, I went back and looked at that quote again…and I saw something I hadn't before;

"When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of creation is completed inside us, the doors of our souls fly open and love steps forth to heal everything in sight."

And it hit me, like a ton of bricks; it's in the doing that the circle is complete-not in the completion. Just in the doing. Think of that! It's the heartfelt intention and the doing that closes the circle. There is no race, there is no finality, there is no "winning." The doing is all that needs to be done for the reward of healing…just the doing.

And the healing isn't like a firework display, it's bits and pieces here and there that add up to a life well lived. It's an e-mail that says, "Keep up the good work," or a sales rep that tells us "I wish I had more clients who stood for something like you all." It's the willingness of others to step up and help make our dreams come true. It's the smile you see on someone face when you hand then one of your very own products and you know deep down inside, you made their day. The healing comes from the inside out.

"Doing," at first, requires only vision and hope. But "doing" continually, regardless of the level of encouragement or gratification, requires faith and a solidity of purpose and mission. It requires being present to the moment you are in and a knowing that you are enough.

If someone had told me only 2 short years ago the kinds of spiritual lessons I'd be learning as a business owner, I'd have laughed and said they were crazy. But I have found that if I can be present, truly present, in the "doing" that my heart is happy, that my soul sings, the circle of creation is already complete and my healing is inevitable.


by Elisa Van Arnam

Elisa Van Arnam is a wife, mother, writer and co-founder of SoulKu; an inspirational conceptual card company dedicated to helping people BE THE CHANGE. Elisa is also the co-author of One Namaste a Day, a SoulKu blogging adventure about seeing the light in others.
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Jean Burman January 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Beautifully written and shared from the heart Elisa… thank you 🙂 As I read those first few lines I began to recognise what you were saying in my own work. I’m an artist and a couple of years ago I began filming my paintings in progress. It’s odd watching yourself work as [while you are painting] you have no sense of what you are doing… but watching it afterwards drives the thing home… that this is all there is. This thing we do. It’s the only thing that matters in the end. The doing. Every best wish for continued success with your business… but as you’ve said… you have already achieved what matters. Thank you again!

Hi Lance btw thank you for bringing us Elisa’s post!
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Elisa January 25, 2013 at 8:17 am

Thanks Jean, I’m glad you liked it. Being an artist myself I totally understand and LOVE the idea of filming while creating. Life is truly wondrous and loving the process, reveling in the process is what it’s all about.
Blessings,

Elisa

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Kenneth Vogt January 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm

I loved this sentence: “If some­one had told me only 2 short years ago the kinds of spiri­tual lessons I’d be learn­ing as a busi­ness owner, I’d have laughed and said they were crazy.”

Where do we think “spiritual” happens? Spiritual happens during life. It isn’t relegated to formalized moments. If we work full time, work may be the largest single block of our day, even more than sleep. So it stands to reason that your spiritual epiphanies have the greatest statistical chance of showing up at work.

While that’s all very logical, the point is it happens in the biggest and most important parts of our lives. Western society is suffering from trying to keep the spiritual out of business. I stand (with you) for something different.
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Elisa January 25, 2013 at 8:19 am

Kenneth,

Love that you stand for spirituality in business…as we tap further into universal consciousness we come to understand that there is NO other way to live, but with every step in sync with the divine. It’s a big realization for me, but one that feels like home, at long last.

Blessings,

Elisa

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Kim January 23, 2013 at 6:25 am

Honestly, that’s my goal for this year: to reach that my own business is the only one I need to do. Nowadays I do it in my free time after I got home from the office, but I can feel a lot of possilbities in ti.

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Elisa January 25, 2013 at 8:20 am

Feeling into the limitless possibilities of making money while making your heart and soul soar will help you to manifest this dream. Feel the possibilities, lean into that and then run with it…your heart will know when you are ready. Huge blessings on your journey!

Elisa

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David Stevens January 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm

The reward is in the stepping Elisa…the go forward, the action. And when you step in the direction of your choice then wonderful things begin to happen. Well done.
be good to yourself
David
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Elisa January 25, 2013 at 8:22 am

David,

Thank you! You are right and I will continue to allow this incredible revealing and unfolding that is taking place in my life and my “business.” I am honored by your encouragement.

Big blessings,

Elisa

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Martin Cooney January 24, 2013 at 7:06 am

You know, this is exactly what I needed to read tonight so you’re gift of writing, Elena, has made a difference to someone. Me.

I read a wonderful quote the other day, supposedly, from Robin Williams that goes something like this: “I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up alone, it’s not. The worst thing is to end up with people that make you feel alone”

So true and maybe your cards will make a difference to these people too. Keep on trucking with the business side. And thanks for the inspiration too.
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Elisa January 25, 2013 at 8:25 am

Martin,

So grateful that my post touched you. It’s why I’m here. Thanks for the quote too…I love that. I think people are hesitant to reach out and I know that pushing past that feeling and moving towards other human beings is what it will take to change the world. I am grateful that you took the time to reach out to me! Huge hugs and blessings to you Martin. Be amazing.

Elisa

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