If you’ve been thinking about turning your spiritual practice into a business, I would say now is the time to do it. I won’t pretend that it’s easy, glamorous or everything you think it’ll be; I’m saying that the collective shift, at the moment, seems to be leaning towards a new era of people waking up to the truth that “there’s more than meets the eye” when it comes to life.
I didn’t start my spiritual journey with the intention to turn it into a thriving full-time business. I’m not even sure I got into spirituality knowing that’s what I was doing — everything in my life has been a consistent un-layering. It was about a year into the pandemic that I realized I was playing it pretty small in regards to what I could actually be doing with my life. I was reading tarot (on the side) while working as a fitness professional and started to get the nudge to take my side hustle way more seriously. Helping people change their lives was my main motivation, getting paid well enough to live my life the way I wanted was another.
To be completely honest, it’s pretty wild that I get to write this from my home office after spending the afternoon with my partner and dog at the park. I create content for myself and Smudge Wellness, I read tarot, facilitate breathwork, hypnosis, and meditations, as well as coach clients on ways to improve their mindset. And while there is no one path to turning your spiritual practice into a business, there are some key takeaways I want to share with you from my journey so far.
1 | TRUST YOURSELF
One of the most important things you can do on your journey to becoming a spiritual entrepreneur or spiritual business owner is trusting in yourself, believing in your own unique perspective and ultimate magic. You have the desire for a reason, most people look at life and think about the way things can go wrong, limiting themselves and their ability to live a life of freedom. As yourself — “who wins when I step up” or “who suffers if I don’t offer my healing services”. You are in the business of healing and service to others, trust will carry you further than any business model or system.
2 | ADOPT A BEGINNER’S MIND
Which basically means approaching everything like a beginner, being open to learning (and unlearning). Beginner knows that they may stumble a few times and so they won’t let a few setbacks stop them from continuing on. I questioned everything, myself, experts, friends, and family until I found what resonated with me most. I Let go of expectations about the way things should go and allowed the journey to unfold. Familiarize yourself with the history of your practice, learn as much as you can about why things are the way they are or done the way they’re done. This will give you such a great understanding and foundation to which you can teach others.
3 | PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE
The more you practice the more confident you become. So my advice is to do your best to work with people right away. Again, a beginner’s mind knows they are in the learning phase, honing their skills and the only way to do that is by actually doing the thing. Call up your besties, create groups, or have fun nights where you get to use what you’ve learned. When you put your energy into the right activities you’ll see big things start to change.
4 | STAY AUTHENTIC TO YOU
This can’t be underlined enough. Everyone is attracted to energy, you’ll find the more you are your truth, the easier it will be to attract your tribe. We’ve all seen the spiritual mentor go down in flames when it comes out that they’ve been playing a character; everything comes to light in the end. This will give you an opportunity to show up with ease as well, you won’t have to think about what you say or do because it’s inherently who you are. The most attractive trait is authenticity, show everyone what you’re doing to connect with yourself and your spirit, let them know why you love the practices you love and why they should too.
5 | SEEK HELP
You don’t have to do this journey alone, in fact, you’ll probably speed up the process if you invest in yourself/your business and hire a mentor. They will be the people who can help you along the way, willing to share their experiences and expertise with you, so that you may be able to sidestep a lot of common mistakes of those who choose to do things on their own. When you surround yourself with people who have the same goals, vision and are where you want to be, the energies of the Universe conspire to help you get there too. Remember that “no one ever leveled up alone”.
6 | ENJOY THE PROCESS
As I said previously, there is no one way to start your own spiritual practice. You get to decide what that looks like, what services you’ll offer, how much, and in what context you run a business. It’s all up to you, which is beautiful. The advice I would give to my past self is to stop trying to rush or hurry into the future and spend a lot more time appreciating the present moment. Be witness to the growth no matter how painstakingly slow it seems.
There are times in my life that I absolutely recognize as being pivotal moments of expansion. There are actions I took that got me to be right where I am but a lot of those times were spent agonizing over whether or not I was doing the right thing.
Your life is your path, you can get it wrong and will probably never feel like you’ve “made it”, so why not enjoy every second of it while you’re in it. It’ll make for a much better mindset, life, and time.
THERE IS NO RIGHT TIME. The fact that you have the desire means now is when you ought to take a chance on it. Go back to tips 1 & 2, get out of your head about it and begin. Don’t spend another moment on doubt or fear, those are unproductive modes of thinking. Give yourself permission to be different, to do different, to be successful and there is no way you won’t be thanking yourself in the end.