I am on the phone with a woman who introduces herself as a "Visual Facilitator."
Right off the bat, I have to confess I have no idea what this means.
Graciously, she explains that she helps people clarify their goals by drawing what they tell her in picture form -- like visual note-taking.
10 minutes into our conversation, I can tell that she is what we might call a "soul worker."
I know this because her bigger motivation is to help people overcome the blocks that keep them from taking action on their dreams and living happier, more fulfilled lives. She wants to give the gift of clarity, so that more people will be able to prioritize the things that make them come alive.
You might be a soul worker if you feel called to help people do the deeper work of inner transformation, rather than the shallow work of material-world gratification.
You might be a soul worker if you are not all that interested in helping just anyone leapfrog everyone else so they can make more money; rather, you want to help people re-connect with themselves and with what matters, so that they can enjoy all the benefits that come with such an elevated level of consciousness, such as making more money.
You might be a soul worker if you want to have illuminating conversations about truth and fear and purpose and possibility; if you want to help people access the kind of freedom that is available to everyone who is willing to look; if you thrive on facilitating those flashes of insight that make it impossible for the client to ever "un-see" what they now see.
And as a soul worker, you probably know, intuitively and unshakably, the value of what you offer.
... But you might also find that this inner conviction isn't always reflected back at you in the form of, say, abundant compensation.
Why is this? Why do soul workers struggle to get people to say YES and INVEST in what they offer, when it's probably the best investment they could ever make in themselves?
Is it because no one really wants clarity, or peace of mind, or to love themselves more? Is it because no one really wants to overcome their limiting beliefs and fears in order to become who they are meant to be and build the life they dream of?
No! Of course people want these things; it's just that there is a bigger and more infantile part of them that wants something else, more.
Our soul is what desires more clarity, self-acceptance, self-love, non-attachment, peace of mind and sense of purpose.
And while some people are evolved enough to make a big decision from the soul level -- most people are not. Most people are stuck at the level of what the ego wants.
And what does the ego care about?
Four things: Money, beauty, health and relationships.
The soul worker's natural inclination is to emphasize the soul benefits of their services, while forgetting that it's the ego that holds the purse strings -- tightly.
The ego is the master of all material affairs. Without the promise of a material return on the investment, it cannot justify spending the material resources to partner with you. If you try to speak to the soul without soothing the ego, the fear of not getting enough will win out every time.
The good news is that you can soothe the ego while still being honest; because you know the Big Secret, to which your past clients can attest:
... That often, the natural result of inner game work is precisely the material benefit that eluded you in the past.
After I hung up the phone, I received this visual representation of our conversation via text, below.
Michelle Brown helps people visually strategize so they can stop spinning their wheels and DO the big thing they want to do. Website: www.pentopaper.me / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org