Irina, in the beginning of the summer you were in the need to figure out some new ways for your practice.
Yes, I wanted to start promoting my individual healing sessions but I was realising I had some blocks with this. Although for many years I’ve been doing shamanic journeys and group healing meditations, I felt a blockage for the individual sessions. Also the different meditations and shamanic journeys I was hosting were not linked between them and it was hard having to always promote each of them individually on facebook, meet-up and by sending emails… it was time-consuming and I needed something that works better.
To power it up, we started with some in-depth soul connecting. What were some of your discoveries?
Thanks to our discussions it crystalised in me that my theme in everything is related to the journey of discovering one’s true self and accessing higher energies. I love to guide people to become more conscious and act from their heart, connected to their true essence instead of competition, struggle and have-to’s. Many carry mental blockages that block them off of energy and motivation, and need space to be accepted with their real needs. I love to teach that love and flow of energy is always available and how to be autonomous in accessing it. To discover the heaven inside and get the energy and courage to follow their truth.
With all of that beauty coming through you we then looked at how to put all of what you do into an aligned practical form.
You suggested to link all my meditations and individual sessions into a program to avoid having to continually promote different offerings. I really liked the idea and built it up to also include theory and practices. So actually it got transformed into a course in which I work with all aspects of what I do. I’m really excited and happy to bring this to people.
How was the experience of writing your program?
I always had this blockage that I can not write well. It took me a lot of time to prepare events because of it. But when I was writing this program, I received an inspiration from my higher soul. I didn’t know I could have this channeling so clear. Before it could happen to me to have messages like this when I was walking in the nature, but this was new for me.
My intention was to write the description of the program including 12 different meditations. I knew it would take a lot of connecting to myself to know for each meditation what I wanted to transmit and what are the effects for the person who will attend. So I did a short prayer to connect to myself and to be helped to be truthful with what I want to write. To write from my truth and to transmit the good vibes so that when people read, they connect to this energy field of what I’m writing. I was full of energy and my heart expanded and I felt that I was very connected.
What made your heart expand?
The possibility that I could share my knowledge and my experiences. The idea is to guide and show people a different world. This has to be put into writing because how can people know about it if they can’t read about it somewhere? And for them to read and understand it needs to be written in a certain state. Helping them to see things in a different way or connecting to higher realms and their higher selves as well. It’s a journey within myself that I can show to others as well and share these experiences.
What also helped is that I will do the program with a friend who will do a few of the meditations with her healing and consciousness practices for the mental body. Since I decided to do it with her I realised I’m more motivated to do all the preparation work. Even if the initial idea and most of the work belongs to me, we do spreading the word together which feels motivating.
IRINA’S BLISSNESS STRATEGY IN A NUTSHELL
We set up a clear step-by-step structure for Irina’s services that help the people she serves to co-create transformation with her as a process – the way we naturally transform and create. I call this a co-creation path (find out more in the Big Blissness book).
Authentic expression strategy
Facebook, meet-up, mailing list of people who already attended my events. I also encourage friends to bring friends.
Since the confinement I’ve been doing once per week online meditations in romanian. Now I hosted an inauguration gathering for the program. And on November 8th I will host an online meditation specifically leading to the program.
3-months Inner Journey program with 12 meditations and one individual session for energetic cleansing and healing.
Extra individual healing sessions.
Did any fears come along?
The fears that have come are related to whether people will be interested and if they want to join. I feared that even if I have my program I would have to continue with the old way of publishing events separately as well, but as people started to register I decided not to. The fear went away and I gained trust in that this is something very nice and people will come. The work will also be deeper in a steady support group that interacts and where people know each other well. I’m looking forward to not losing time in publishing each individual event and use that time instead to prepare and go deeper for each session.
What has been most helpful for you during these past months?
It really helped to be regularly in contact with you and with the group. It helped me to go ahead and not to procrastinate too much. I also had five weeks of holidays in between developing the new ideas and materialising and preparing everything so it was very important that you were always there following up with me. Of course the techniques were very useful too and each time I was doubting or postponing I was connecting to your question “what would be amazing?” and it really helped to make it happen.
Which heart-expanding moments have you had? Key realisations?
Especially during one of our calls I really had a good expansion experience. With your questions I connected to what my higher self wants to bring to the world. I realised I have a lot of knowledge and experience and can do much more than what I was doing and was planning to do. So through our conversation this very big sense of purpose came through me. This helped me not to be stuck in my fears of ‘maybe people don’t want to come’ or ‘maybe nobody is interested’ or ‘what will other people say’ and this kind of stuff. Instead, I could see the big picture of why I’m doing what I’m doing and what I can do even more. Realising that I can gather all my teachings and practices and share them with other people, and that for sure there are people who are there ready to receive them… that was a big thing for me.
During the last call the energy was very strong as well. You led the exercise about letting the universe to make things happen and bring us into connection with people, and although I know that this is how it works I was forgetting about this key point. I connected very powerfully and actually after and even during our conversation two people told me that they will come to the inauguration of my program. So it worked instantly.
What would you say to the heart-centered entrepreneur community?
I really matched with the people in the program and with my support buddy, and when we had the calls it was great to see that we are together in this. We are people who have something important to bring into the world and it’s great to support each other to materialise it so that our work can really contribute to the world in a soul-driven way and allow us to shine. I think there are many people that have something to bring that would make the world a better place and they really need support and a bit of push, and to be part of a group where they get to feel that “I am here to bring something and have the courage to do this”. You are doing a great job with this, Hanna, thank you.
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These past weeks were tough for some of us. I don’t know about you, but I struggled. For me it was like a ripping off of a huge layer of un-truth. Wherever I turned, I found in myself forms of thinking, feeling, acting and believing that were not me. What was not mine in me was brought up so that I would see it and transform it to something closer to what is true to me. We know how painful that can be, and it was.
We had planned the opening of the Nowlicious Academy of Life Arts for end of May and I was in full preparation, filming awesome material for the different tracks with amazing hosts and contributors, and we were full on to soon be open and running the monthly membership platform for life & blissness creation.
And then, bam. Everyone stay at home, cancel flights, cancel plans without knowing when we can resume.
It brought up so much in me. Facing uncertainty, unexpected “can’t dos”, the need for urgency solutions, and most of all the shock of some outer forces seeming to disconnect me from my life and what I’m here to do. I really lived it within, that despair. It went so deep that it spinned my insides around, big time.
And finally it made me act… it forced me.
I went through so much that I had to make an inner commitment to come back to practising the steps of my Creativity Model… and finally everything opened up, as it always does. The self-connection questions in the model helped me remember again more powerfully who I am and what matters to me, and that clarity urged me to write a book. It literally flew out of me and onto pages, the writing of which felt like bliss.
So in the few short remaining weeks of the lockdown the book got written and became “BIG BLISSNESS – Transformational entrepreneur’s handbook for creating a soul-rocking, heart-driven, blissful business or practice.”
I mostly wrote it in the nature, which helped me connect to my own true nature. And that’s what the book is all about. The process I use to accompany myself and my clients to plug into our truth, our essence, our gifts, and bring them out, putting into action the drive and the love we feel for something that makes us truly happy.
The book is based on the Creativity Model and I wrote it for anyone who really wants to do something meaningful that allows them to follow their hearts and put into action something that truly makes them tick. Often it’s some sort of a service related to life enhancement, growth or transformation.
It’s a result of the years I’ve accompanied heart-centred people building their businesses – or rather, blissnesses.
And we need that accompanying, in the form of a structure and inspiration we can read in a book, and in the form of human connection.
I’ve done my own self-creation journey for the most part alone, and I know it’s hard. I’ve got help for going through blocks, but my creativity has sprung from me. Just like during the lockdown, I’ve often had to stand up for it, I’ve had to protect it, I’ve had to believe in it even in moments when there hasn’t been much outer evidence to back up my belief. In many occasions it’s been a lonely journey, listening to myself and supporting myself to find my answers, and never give in. Never give up. No matter what.
And then there are the days when everything flows, like the day when the book started to come out of me. For me it always comes as a result of going through the questions that bring me to my heart. To my soul. To the part of me that feels and connects.
That’s what I love doing with people too. I love when they open up, encouraged to dare talk about what truly matters, what touches them… my listening ear is always ready to receive their innermost, truest truths – the moments when their true being comes alive through what they say. And oh boy are they magnificent! A person talking from their aliveness is beautiful, majestic. I have the privilege to witness that happen in people… the moments of connection, alignment, self-expression from the depths of them, from the place where their true essence gets to meet the world. It’s exhilarating. And then, to put that into action, into a business, as a way to channel that essence energy to the world.
What keeps me going in difficult times is that those exquisite journeys I’ve got to witness have convinced me of our magnificence, really. Sometimes it’s laying dormant and hard to see, but the truth is that we are beautiful. We all have a core of pure grace and power to share and channel to the world. We are here for a reason. We matter. And we’ve got gifts that the world is waiting for us to share in a more open way. That’s the calling we feel in our hearts. The world yearning for us to go deep, and then rise. Show ourselves with what we’ve got. To ourselves first, and then to the world. It’s scary… and delicious. A process that is worth all safety, nurture, and encouragement possible, because it needs it. It needs nurture. Our innermost essence needs someone to hold space for it to take outer expression. It needs questions to be asked, and it needs listening. Un-intervening, interested, encouraging listening. Often it’s like detective work of asking questions that help us see deeper and gently yet powerfully reveal our truths. Getting past the mind to the heart, past all hurts to the pure essence, past the society and the influence of others to the real core of us… that’s where our answers lie. I’ve never worked with a person who wouldn’t be able to go there when accompanied with love and real interest. The heart always knows what we really want to do and where we really want to go. The answers are always available when digged deeper.
Often we need help with that though, and that’s why, now that the book is in the publishing process, I decided to start a 4-week pilot group to go through the process together. And the first part of the book and the pilot group program is about asking the questions that reveal our core and our truth. In my workshops I’ve seen the power that everyone of us has to encourage self-connection in another human being through the simple act of asking a question and listening with care. We’ll be doing a lot of that in the program. Everyone gets the chance to be accompanied in their inner exploration, so that their essence can be felt and clarity of their direction can emerge.
And then we’ll put it into practice. The Blissness Strategy we go through in depth in the 3rd chapter of the book and the 3rd week of the program is a framework that offers us a structure on which each of us can build a business that works for US. It is the bigger picture of how to structure our product and service offer and our communications so that we get a running business in the most easy-flowing and enjoyable way, plugging in everything we love to do and nothing else.
If you are interested and feeling the calling of your heart for stepping up and doing what truly matters to YOU, building your Blissness Strategy will take you to knowing what you will be doing and how. What products and services you’ll offer and how to make it happen. How to avoid doing ‘marketing’ but make use of what you truly love to do to bring people in, naturally. Often we dread that part – how to ‘get clients’. But we don’t have to do it the awkward salesy way. We’ll simply make use of things you love to do and make them work for bringing you clients. Wouldn’t it be awesome to be able to do everything you love to do (writing, painting, taking photos, gardening, socialising, throwing parties… whatever!) and use it to make your business work? All of your passions and your interests are there for a reason, and they are meant to serve you. Not to be left as when-there-is-time weekend activities while your working days are filled with duties. No, what you love to do needs to be center-stage! It is your divine guidance, and it has a purpose for tickling your heart and your soul. It’s saying “heeeyyyy… this is the way…!!”. You just need to know how to make them work for you.
Those are the things that we’ll then put into action as your soul-powered blissness. And yeah, heal the doubts on the way.
And most importantly, we’ll do it together. As a safe, supportive, truth-nurturing group where everyone is accompanied to uncover their true gifts and figure out how to bring them out.
So looking back, I appreciate that the lockdown and everything that happened during it was really a blessing. Through its depth it brought me to an ever deeper connection to myself and to my path. I’m so happy that the Creativity Model for Life and Blissness got written expression as a book, and I’m excited to start the group journey. If you’ve been on a deep journey too, and want to journey together for your blissness, you’ll find details here. And no matter what the past weeks brought to you, I’d love to hear and get connected. Leave me a comment here or by email at email@example.com.
I love working in the nature. Spreading a sheet on the ground on a medow, among the grass and the flowers. In the shade of a spring apple tree.
Only a handful of equipment with me, just enough to work for a day. A small table light enough to carry, my camera, laptop and a battery pack, food to have picknick whenever an appetite calls.
The ultimate freedom of working on what I love in a place that feels like a piece of paradise.
The nature welcoming me in its dance inspires me to work from my truth, from my core. Perhaps I’m writing, perhaps doing design work. Or working with someone on setting up their business. Whatever it is that I do, the nature helps me do it from a deeper place within me.
The word Blissness takes on its full meaning here for me.
Sometimes I just sit and take in the beauty. Listening to the sound of the grass and the tress. Admiring the birds that sing their songs ever so enthusiastically. They inspire me to sing mine, too. Sometimes I focus for a long while, sometimes I get up and greet the life around me, sharing in the energy.
These are among my most productive days. Like full immersions in creativity.
Cross two flowers with long stems in x-shape, the upper one pointing to the right.
Cross the upper stem beneath the crossing point and over on top, in between the two flower heads.
Join the two stems again.
Take a third flower and place further down, crossing the two earlier stems in x-shape.
Repeat until the flower crown is long enough.
Tie the endings together with a strong blade of grass or metal wire.
Spring days calling for lockdown activities, we got out Nina’s teepee and went for an adventure. Bugs and spiders aside she loved it, and I did too.
In her I see life. Possibility. Windows of opportunity. Everything is open for her, and she is carving her path. I try my very best to be part of it, while letting her do her thing.
For picknick we packed only what Nina wanted. Her taste suits mine! Organic fruit, home-made popcorn and local apple juice. Watermelon is her all-time favorite, so the winter having passed she finally got her treat again.
The books are truly vintage from my childhood. Reading them to my girl brings up many emotions, as the images are carved in my memory. I studied every detail of my favorite pages so carefully with my little eyes back then, I now realise. The books that sparked up my imagination with colours and stories imagined by someone who dared to dream.
Now it’s Nina dreaming those dreams. Cinderella’s dresses, Mickey Mouse’s explorations, Snow White’s rosy red lips – princesses and adventures are her favorites. Perhaps the stories do to her what they do to me – mirror to us qualities and capabilities of ourselves that are truer than we adults often think. My deepest wish for her is to stay true to herself with all of those qualities and with everything she truly is.
It’s been a long while that I’ve been wanting to honour simple daily life by capturing and sharing some of its sweet little moments.
I’ve made 30Sec of Happiness videos for a few years, but time hasn’t been ripe for keeping a blog. I’ve got so much footage on multiple hard drives! For instance, one day a couple of years ago we had a blast with Nina during lunch time… all is often truly well in her world, and the beauty that I admired in her made me take and want to share these photos.
I’m taking on the challenge now. Simple everyday sweetness, shared. Beautiful experiences that I can see, hear, smell, taste, and/or feel in and around me. Moments of the delicious Now.
The Embody track of the soon-opening Nowlicious Academy of Life Arts is taking form. It’s so exciting to get to film amazing people who have so much to gift us.
The first months of the life & blissness creation membership will be enhanced by a yoga challenge with Lama Nasser to tap into our core power; a dance flow course with the world champion of forró Carol Garandy; a discovery adventure to harnessing the power of moon cycles with yoga guided by Jacqueline Spuijbroek; and a journey into building deeper connection to self and others via dance with Sérgio Viana.
Here are some shots to give you a preview of how it all is looking like!
Last Sunday 10 beautiful souls gathered together at the Nowlicious studio for a workshop on blissness creation. A practical guide to self-realisation, the Creativity Model for Blissness shows the path for finding and staying true to our signature soul superpowers, and helps us create a truly fulfilling blissful business in 4 straightforward steps.
Then in groups of 3, each participant enjoyed 10 minutes of focused help, support or feedback relating to their business creation.
During a shared brunch Alba Pregja, founder of Womade Brussels, offered us an open social media Q&A.
Stay tuned for the next editions.
Nina picking wild raspberries at great grandpa’s & grandma’s cottage in Anttola, Finland.