Ash Riley, In My Sacred Space

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Ash Riley, In My Sacred Space

LET’S GET DOWN TO CONSCIOUS BUSINESS.

Tell capitalism to fuck off and get conscious about your business practices. Read the latest:

Do you really need a coach?

Do you really need a business coach? Or is a consultant or freelancer your best choice? Here’s a guide to help you decide what’s best for your business.

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CONSCIOUS BUSINESS NEEDS A REBRAND.

Get in, loser. We’re starting a revolution.

Not only is conscious business coaching joke, it isn’t even the least bit conscious. The formula goes something like this:

Flaunt faux overnight success to make you feel like a loser (shame via aspirational marketing) + Dangle alleged secret formula they discovered that will make all of your dreams come true (magic pill) + Throw in a little talk about manifesting and alignment (lightwashing) = $$$$

What happens afterward when you fail to achieve the unattainable standards of success they sold you? They tell you that you just didn’t work hard enough and then you feel like a loser, and the cycle starts all over again with a new product to up-sell you on.

The allegedly conscious business models, marketing strategies, and services that the elite coaching industry are selling are the same old predatory capitalist business practices that have always existed –– they’re just wrapped in love, light, and greed: manipulative messaging, coercive sales tactics, deceptive practices, and empty promises about manifesting your best entrepreneurial life.

This model of conscious business isn’t truly conscious business at all.

Traditional business and marketing practices were founded in the dying paradigm crumbling all around us. Its philosophy is one of social Darwinism, which is inherently at odds with spiritual expansion. Its model is based on competition, and scarcity, shame, and fear are the result. It pits us against one another and teaches us to financially prey on our clients in order to achieve success.

The messaging is sending us subconscious signals that there’s not enough clients, not enough money, and not enough time; and the magical solution to attain the unrealistic levels of success which are constantly flaunted in front of your face as “manifesting your dream life” is to buy more programs, tools, workshops, coaches, courses, and on and on and on.

“Invest in yourself!” conscious business coaches tell you. “Visualize your success!” they say.

Visualize your success? What about your clients’ success? What about helping people? What about building a better world? What about being of service? Why isn’t this their top priority? Because they have to convince you that it’s worth it to spend thousands of your hard-earned dollars on their services that provide little to no value or return on investment.

They violate your boundaries, they cause you emotional and financial harm, and they teach you to do the same to your prospective clients.

As someone with two decades of experience in marketing and advertising, and someone who is hell bent on living a heart-led, purpose driven life, I’ve recognized that the reason myself and many people like me feel a strong aversion to this style of marketing isn’t because we’re “playing small” and it isn’t because we’re suffering from iMpOsTer SyDrOmE, as these conscious business coaches always like to tell you.

It’s because the energy of it feels repulsive. It isn’t in alignment with our identity, our values, our spirituality, nor the new world we want to create, and heart-centered entrepreneurs intuitively feel that. It’s spiritually bankrupt, and we know it.

We’re not scared of offering services. We’re not afraid of our own greatness. We’re in tune with our hearts, our spirit, and our values, and we’re not willing to compromise our spiritual integrity to get more clients and make more money. We are here to be of service to the collective. Our mission is heart-led. Our vision is soul-centered.

“Most Cringeworthy Coaching Award” is a gold medal I’m sure you don’t care to compete for, and I don’t know about you, but I’ll gladly declare myself a loser in that contest.

Fundamentally, this old model of business and marketing cannot survive and neither can the people who are profiting from it, because it is out of alignment with the New Paradigm we’re building.

For those of us who refuse to bow to the capitalistic idolatry evangelized by the conscious business coaching industry, the message is clear: it’s time to evolve the way we promote ourselves and do business. That starts with defining our values, re-envisioning our definition of success, and stripping away all of the problematic biases and subtle forms of emotional abuse that underpin today’s business practices to create a new paradigm for conscious business.

CAPITALISM IS SO OLD PARADIGM.

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