Coming Out of The Spiritual Closet

coming out of the spiritual closet
My mother grew up in a fishbowl of a small southern town where folks prayed on Sundays and gossiped about each other the rest of the week. She experienced judgement and hypocrisy which ultimately turned her off to religion. And she lumped religion into spirituality. I picked up her discomfort and dissatisfaction and stayed clear of anything religious or spiritual for the first 35 years of my life. I instead worshipped achievement.

Until I fell into a deep depression…
The kind where nothing matters and you can’t find joy or satisfaction in anything. And I was left with no deeper meaning to see me through. It is in those dark moments that I had to search for something more to save my own life. If the job and status and money were not making me happy or fulfilled, there must be something more. The pain and emptiness propelled me on my quest to find meaning, purpose and fulfillment. And as I came back to life through my spiritual exploration, I wanted to share what I had experienced and learned with everyone.

I did this quietly in closed circles for many years. There was spiritual Kristi and corporate Kristi. I was uncomfortable bringing the spiritual side of me to work. But it became so clear that the spiritual lessons I was learning would serve us well at work. I saw so many talented, caring people dying on the vine, disrespected, devalued. Spending 8-12 hours a day in this environment was soul sucking and a complete waste of human potential. When instead, if we could honor and value each other as the powerful human beings we are, and nurture and cultivate each other, we could serve people and boost profits. We could create some immensely powerful (and cool) stuff in the world. Everyone could win. It made so much sense.

I wondered (and am still figuring out) if the big, powerful, frightening corporations would respect me if they knew I was spiritual. I wanted to be courageous and always stand in my new truth as a spiritual business leader. It made me nervous though, and each day is a new opportunity for me to muster up more courage to bring more self-awareness and love into enterprise.

It took me 7 years to fully follow my beliefs and speak up about my wild love affair with consciousness and how bringing it into business will transform the world. And I’m so glad I did.

I now find myself surrounded with authentic business women who lead from their hearts, value people, and make an impact. And the more of us that come together, the more powerful we become in shifting the fabric of how business is conducted. We can eliminate Monday morning dread and the epidemic of mental, physical and spiritual illness by bringing light into work.

I imagine that there are many spiritual people in the business world who are coming out of the spiritual closet. I want to meet them. I want to ask them about their spiritual beliefs and if they have a difficult time integrating them into business. I want to learn how we can create change together.

Grateful,
Kristi

Do you have thoughts on spirituality in business? I’d love to hear them in the comments.

4 Comments

  • Carmella Reply

    Kristi
    I know you speak for many women who are in the process of transformation of our business, careers, and relationships… We just want to be in JOY .. without the BS…
    With Love
    Carmella

  • Erin Reply

    Thank you Kristi. I am new to your group but look forward to taking part. Your story resonates with me completely. I work in Health Care. I feel compelled to lead with love and constantly find stumbling blocks placed by colleagues or peripheral folks who find that intimidating or too honest. My consciousness for the highest good in my business while remaining profitable is a challenge. Every now and then I get surprised by a like-minded soul in my dealings and I want to give them a hug and say thank you. I try to be as polite and gracious as I can be while always acknowledgeing we are works in progress especially in my field of Assisted Living as it encompasses so much and desperately needs sprituality and conscious leadership.
    My kind regards,,
    Erin

  • Loretta Love Huff Reply

    I’ve started talking about some general principles of the law of attraction in my speeches. People seem to resonate with it. No one has complained that I know of.

  • Janine Finney Reply

    I LOVE what you’ve written, as I’ve loved so many of the thoughts you’ve been sharing, Kristi! I receive a lot of e-mail’s, and I’ve subscribed to all of them, and have been careful to select those that I feel offer valuable insights…the challenge is that there’s only so much time, and I can’t seem to get through them all…but I ALWAYS look forward to reading yours. I love your authenticity and the fact that you’re willing to be vulnerable. Lots of people want to be that way, but it’s so hard to TRULY be that way. I relate to the thoughts you’ve shared about spirituality, as I relate to so many of the things you write about. I grew up as a Southern Baptist, and always felt like I had to “pretend” to be the same as those who attended church. In my heart I always felt so different from everyone around me. I’m so grateful for the journey of self discovery that I’ve been on, for the past fifteen to twenty years. I’m discovering for myself, what feels true to me and what doesn’t. What’s showing up for me is that it’s religious beliefs, rather than spiritual beliefs, that tend to alienate us from one another, in the workplace and in life. I love not having to pretend, and being with others who want to have real conversations about all of these things. Thank you, Kristi, for creating the space to ponder these topics that we wouldn’t have dreamed of discussing only a few years ago! I so appreciate your vision and dedication to creating conscious connections.

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