Mind Over Matter: A Psychic Medium’s Business Tips Mind Over Matter: A Psychic Medium’s Business Tips No matter what stage of business you’re in, there are always moments where we silently find ourselves wishing for answers from a higher power. We hope for ways to clear negative thoughts and energy from our lives as we move forward to make big decisions and big moves. Well, 4th generation Psychic Medium, Color & Energy Expert, Author and Reiki Practitioner, Linda Lauren, has some tips, strategies, and daily practices for learning to trust your instincts and most importantly, thrive. Being a fourth-generation psychic medium, how has this role impacted your day to day? The fact that I had available to me a network of female family members spanning generations who were skilled in spiritual guidance, made all the difference in the world. My mother, especially, was instrumental in revealing to me the ways I could embrace my psychic awareness in everyday life. As a result, I am able to intuit a better course of action in my approach as I move through day to day. This has been a blessing because it has allowed me to accomplish more in one day than I might have in a week. It has opened me to grow in areas I might otherwise have missed. When starting out, did you take business advice from your mom? Oh, I definitely took business advice from my mom. She was instrumental in helping me to set up my first real office. She had insight into the way I might operate it and cost-effective approaches to how I structured my business. Her advice was invaluable. I discuss the extent of her involvement in my memoir, Medium Rare. What is one thing you’ve learned in business that you would pass along to someone just starting out? A lot of people tend to look at their business strictly from the standpoint of checks and balances. But before you can truly get to the point of understanding your business, my suggestion is to add meditation to your daily schedule. Meditation creates structure. When you meditate you learn to respond to life, embracing reason, rather than reacting, which is through emotion. That single most act can assure success and good health just by the awareness it affords us when we meditate faithfully. To me, it’s like washing your face or brushing your teeth: it’s something you don’t skip! So, even if it’s for 10-20 minutes a day, the potential for positive energy is in every breath. Are there any specific signs or energy that you say a female entrepreneur should specifically try to listen to as she starts her business? I feel it is very helpful to listen to what your gut is telling you. Put yourself into a quiet place, address any situation via a question, place your hand on your midriff, and “listen” to what your body, mind and spirit are indicating. It is a way to learn to tap into what I refer to as your “center,” which is a place where we make our most important decisions. If something feels “off,” this will be a good gauge to help you discern the best cause of action. How have you learned to listen to your business intuition? I make it a policy to meditate on each business issue as it comes along so that I can discover the best way to work. Yes, there it is again: meditation. I consider it a business practice that is the foundation for everything I do. However, I also use color to work with the energy available to me in business. I have long worked with color to help people in business pursuits. I can attest that certain colors reflect positive action when they are embraced. Embracing them can be in the form of the clothes or jewelry we wear, the colors we surround ourselves with, and the intention we wish to convey. For instance, one of my executive clients often focuses on the color blue when she is in business meetings. If affords her a clear understanding of what is being said and she is able to achieve desired results. We’re loving the idea of your Vibe Spray. Can you explain what it is? The Vibe Spray was designed to clear negativity from a space and replace it with positive energy. I use this product everywhere, and so do my clients. It is part of my office procedure. I spray it when I first open my doors, when I close, and after each client. Many of my clients use it for when they travel to spray in their hotel rooms, meeting room, and other areas. It is designed to replace the use of smudging with smoke. It has a lovely rose top- scent and it incorporates essential oils, sea salt and other ingredients of a proprietary nature. I came up with the recipe via my family and have gone back generations in my research in developing the product. What drew you to go beyond your reading sessions and develop a product that we can use everyday? Public demand propelled me to extend my work to products. We make or carry everything from bracelets, color/energy candles and mediation pieces, to The Vibe Spray and Himalayan salt lamps. These tools are essential to growing within your spirit in business. They create positive awareness that moves us forward. I have also create a website that allows people easy access to the products I develop, as well as the information and advice I provide as a blogger for Huffington Post and Medium.com Lastly, are you able to make any predictions about what’s next for females in business this year? Women will continue to raise their voices in unison and solidarity. We will most likely see more businesses springing up that are headed by women. The written word will be a consideration, too, as the plight of women takes center-stage. Allison Cooper Allison Cooper is a full time blogger at Project Motherhood and freelance writer. You can find her balancing her time equally between writing, spending time with her family, running, or sipping on strong coffee! 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