Greetings from all of us here at Serenity Now.
I (Brooke) want to say we love the love we feel from you.
Fifteen years ago, when my business partner (John) and I were wrapping our arms around opening Serenity Now, we both felt guided. Then of course we took the steps that we felt led to take, all the while honoring the protocol existing for setting up a small business. A ninety page business plan was submitted (thank you John). The finances were provided, as both of us put in every penny we had. Real estate agents were hired. Even though at every step the obstacles (which were too many to mention) were removed, I felt I had one last piece of the puzzle to fit before I could fully commit my heart and soul.
I made a call to a spiritual foundation which had given me a reason for not jumping off the ledge many times. I asked to have a reading. The person who answered the phone was very kind but informed me that they no longer do private sessions, but I could certainly attend their next gathering several months later. I hung up the phone feeling like the air had been let out of my balloon. I don’t know if I ever identified with Eeyore (the depressed donkey in the Winne the Pooh stories) more than at that moment. Within a couple of minutes, the phone rang and the person on the other end informed me that a onetime only exception had been made in my case and I was able to have a private reading. Feeling overjoyed I asked my first question, which was: “Did it fulfill purpose for us to open this spiritual center, which was also a business called Serenity Now?” His answer was: “Yes, indeed, absolutely.” I was delighted with the green light that had been given. Another one of my questions revolved around the prosperity and the finances of the store. His answer was: “The abundance will flow only if you are on the beam.” There are no words to express to you how shocked I was at this answer. After all, I had seen the movie Fields of Dreams and I really, really thought he was going to say: “If you build it they will come.”
After hanging up the phone I was confused at a whole other level. What the heck was this on the beam thing? Since that day, I have allowed different meanings. I even looked at the word “beam” in the dictionary. One meaning is: “a sturdy piece of timber spanning an opening or part of a building, usually to support the roof.” I put my faith in this meaning when the times were tough, remembering that God’s love was supporting us. After all, most beams that support the roof and keep it from collapse are invisible. Another meaning that the dictionary provided was: “(of a light source) shine brightly.” I have taken that to mean I can choose to see the light in every difficult phone call, every vendor, every situation and even myself in those moments that darkness seems to be the only thing going on. And when we allow the “beam” to shine through us for you, our cherished supporters, we remember our original goal of “touching at least one soul per day” and are provided the strength and resources to sustain us once again.
I hope you find these simple three words (“on the beam”) as much an inspiration as I have.