I wanted my Facebook profile to show my employment as this: “Works at Upsetting the World View”…but FB wouldn’t let me do it because that was not a “real” company or business.
So…I started creating the FB page for this “business” just to have it as a list-able place. The questions that were asked required answers, so I did. And in the process, ended up starting my own business. Sort of. I now have an official site for what I’ve been doing all along: ministering to those who need an ear to listen and someone to ask the questions that will help them find their answers. Or need healing from a non-Western medical viewpoint. My REAL job on this planet is to minister, to heal, to teach. And suddenly, without prior thought or planning, I have essentially put out my shingle. I don’t have a tax number, I haven’t gotten a “doing business as” paperwork from the commonwealth, I in fact have not consulted a single “legal” place or municipality about doing this. Might be a problem somewhere down the road, but in the meantime…I will just do what I’ve been doing anyways, and maybe, just maybe find a little income from it.
Income. That’s an interesting concept about this whole thing. I don’t feel right taking money for using my gifts, things I do without conscious thought or effort. Doesn’t require special equipment (usually) and I’m not paying off school loans for some degree…since I don’t have diplomas for this either. I realize that from a certain point of view, this could be viewed as trying to sell snake oil off a traveling wagon…but I’m not offering miracle cures. Actually I’m not even offering any cures, just whatever help I can give–which is more about the state of mind and beliefs of the person seeking the help than anything I am or do. But if someone wants to repay me, well…I take $ but I’ll also take barter and “in trade”.
My take on how this happened? I think all I’ve done is made myself available to a wider spectrum of people who might benefit from contact with me. No promises there, just a willingness to help where I can. Some of what I do can actually be done “long distance”, over the internet and through messaging or emails. I am more than able to be a silent and listening person who will act as a sounding board for others to hear themselves out loud, so to speak, and perhaps offer a different point of view that helps them find their answers.
I was a little surprised at how fast this all went together, how easy it was to get the page created and the continued ease with which I have updated the site and the things I’m finding that are appropriate to share. I have found that when things go this easily in my life, it’s where I was supposed to be and doing what I was supposed to do. I do not decline to accept this challenge and hope that the page will grow as it needs to, that it will be as useful a ministry as I could hope for. This may be the thing that I was destined for when I first stepped back from other ministerial duties for my sabbatical. Which lasted way longer than I planned, but I am waking up and starting to be in a physical shape that will allow this while also finding myself in a spiritual place that almost longs for this. I have missed my ministering.
It has continued, to a certain extent, even while I’ve been dealing with my physical health. I still have the wandering souls show up at my doorstep…so perhaps this is just an escalation of effort, not something entirely new. Which brings me back to the new Facebook page…I have, in full glorious meaning of the phrase, “hung my shingle out” to a global community. Exciting times ahead. And it’s something that I am actively looking forward to.
Let me upset your world view, because as Doug Adams wrote, “….was amazed at how different things looked from a perspective just three feet to the left”.