I was first born of four children being raised on a farm in Ohio. I became an innate early leader as my mother put an apron on me at 9 years old and had me coordinate and cook the meals while she milked the cows and worked the fields, in addition to supervising my three younger siblings.
Leadership has always fascinated me. When I became an elementary and junior high school teacher, I realized every child had the potential to be a leader in some way, even being shy and introverted. I would ask the most introverted students to tutor or read to other students one-to one as a way of connecting and sharing their unique gifts. I believed in the leadership ability of each student in the sense of bringing their best gifts forward and utilizing them to their fullest potential.
I continued my leadership mission in life by becoming an independent training consultant designing and leading projects to deploy organizational training programs. As my leader success shone, I was encouraged by a Fortune 500 client to start my own company. Source Potential was founded in 1999 and ahead of its time as I was told time and time again, “Develop the potential of our employees, but don’t talk about that Source thing. It’s too woo-woo.”
Yet, that woo-woo was my passion to help others connect with the “source” of their being. Thus, I hid behind the real meaning of Source Potential and wove in heart qualities of intuition and inner wisdom in side conversations or through stories I was able to share while facilitating leadership classes.
Throughout my 35 years of professional experience, I observed and witnessed almost every leadership style imaginable. I worked with master manipulators, control freaks of micro management and abusive bullies. Believe it or not, these leaders kept producing successful bottom-line results, yet the people they managed were miserable.
I also worked with some amazing leaders who were successful as they engaged loyal and supportive followings. They were labeled as “charismatic or people focused” leaders. They were different by being courageous enough to share their true feelings and lead by their intuitive guidance instead of being driven only by the bottom line. The sad reality was for the most part, these leaders burned out easily and weren’t recognized for the time and effort they put in coaching and inspiring others. They usually were the first ones walked out of the door when the reorgs or downsizing occurred. Asking why one of the most respected executive leaders I ever worked with was let go, the answer was, “He was too nice and not tough enough on his people.” At that moment, a new inner fire started to burn inside of me.
Even though I was very successful and made tons of money, this polarity in leadership made me extremely uncomfortable and frustrated. I knew intuitively the root of my misery was not being able to teach the “inner” guidance and capacity for leaders to open their hearts to more compassion, understanding, acceptance, kindness and more heart intelligent qualities.
Another missing link was my belief that everyone had leader abilities in some way; from back office accounting, janitorial services to the front-line staff. I remember vividly a Human Resources Vice-President saying to me, “Lisa, you can’t teach people how to be leaders. They either have it or they don’t.” This statement fueled my inner fire even more and started a bonfire that wouldn’t extinguish.
When my corporate contract terms ended in December 2016, I made a courageous move and took a huge leap of faith. I wasn’t going to renew my contracts or run after the money and success I previously experienced. I was going to be true to my inner leader and help others discover, activate and follow their inner leader, also.
So, I combined my gifts of being an intuitive, ordained Angel minister, HeartMath trainer/coach and entrepreneur with years of corporate leadership experience and birthed the Inner Leader Movement.
The Inner Leader Movement is needed now, especially now, with all that is unfolding in our world with the chaotic changes and upheavals. Navigating life by establishing a coherent flow for change and direction by activating heart qualities WILL make a difference to live a fulfilling and meaningful life.
How? Discovering and listening to intuition and understanding heart intelligence as the keys to wisdom unlocks the power of heart. And when this type of leadership power comes forth, new directions with clarity and focus for change happen. From an executive leading an organization to a stay-at-home mother leading her children daily, the Inner Leader Movement promotes a new energy of heart for living in what is unfolding as an Age of Heart Consciousness.
My hope is you will join in the Inner Leader Movement for revealing your true heart desires to step up and out in the world with your work and service. I’m doing it and I’m watching my clients do it with waves of success and satisfaction that I’ve never witnessed before.
Yes, this inner heart fire of mine can no longer be extinguished as it fuels forward with teaching, coaching and promoting successful inner leaders in the world today!
Many times we are looking for others to guide us and provide us wisdom. The Inner Leader Movement activates your heart’s intelligence and intuition to unlock the innate wisdom within you for success, clarity and direction!
I want to share an experience of “Wisdom Within” coming forth as my Inner Leader keeps nudging and moving me forward.
This morning I woke up at 4:00 a.m. feeling confused, frustrated and off balance in contrast to the upward swing I’ve been on lately. Was it the full moon energy? Was it the change of seasons as the fall equinox arrived? Was it my comparison of where I am presently with my business to others appearing so successful with their programs and offerings?
There were so many thoughts running through my head of what was off-balanced. These thoughts caused pacing back and forth, tossing and turning and being very uncomfortable.
Then I went to my heart. It said, “As you are teaching and modeling the Inner Leader Movement, you are being guided to practice what you teach. You aren’t the only one tossing and turning tonight.”
Ahhh…a 4:00 wake up call to work out the spiritual muscles? I took a time out from tossing of thoughts and body, went into stillness, centered my energy back to my heart with curiosity of this wake-up call and picked up my pen.
Energy infusion confusion? Is this energy highlighting the polarities of heart or is there really such a thing as heart polarity? Isn’t heart pure love and light? Is it not ego that creates the hate, bias, competition and suffering for even greater chaos and confusion?
Sometimes I do feel alone in this physical world. You see, I like it better in light or do I? I’ve come back here many times to experience the ecstasy, beauty and all sensations a human body can feel. I’ve come back to end karmic soul contracts that no longer serve my mission and find the new love souls.
I’m a writer, teacher, lover and believer.
I get scared of many things. And then I get courageous, determined and strong. Waxing into my power and then waning into my shadow side. Realizing this is how life here on earth works. It can be grand. It can be devastating. It can be hopeful. It can seem beyond hope.
This I know and trust: There is a greater power to keep my heart beating, my breath moving, my spirit fueled and my soul mission grounded. An earth mission here, as a soul rider in a human body vehicle, isn’t commissioned by money, jobs, status or how many likes or followers you have on social media. An earth mission is commissioned by heart love, compassion, kindness and how we treated one another while we are here. It’s about love. Love from above, love within for yourself and love actions modeled here below on earth. Yep, it’s about the love.
What’s your Wisdom Within experience lately? It’s there, believe me, and this is why I’m bringing forth the Inner Leader Movement to activate, explore and heal hearts. The wisdom within that came forth in the early morning hours brought me back to my earth mission of love. And tonight I sleep in peace.
How are you dealing with the HUGE shifts happening within you and all around you? What is your heart feeling and yearning for? What is holding you back from moving forward in making significant changes?
This transformational time in our lives is what we could refer to as “Heart Quaking.” Our hearts are waking up to the new reality of living so they are shaking and quaking inside of us daily. Heart attacks are on the rise. Heart breaks are happening with each disaster, distressing news and unexpected deaths. Heart quaking is shaking us to our core, which is our soul purpose wanting a voice. And with each heart quake, we are reminded something in our lives needs to change.
In this digital age, we are pulled externally to screens and scrolling instead of stillness of meditation or prayer with focusing upon our hearts. Even as we begin to retire into necessary nighttime sleep, most of us (me included!) are scrolling or checking emails with our portable devices at our sides. Calculate the time spent on ALL your digital devices daily. I’ll wager a bet it’s more hours than you imagined. We don’t realize the number of hours until we take an actual count.
Recently, during a non-stop heart quaking time in my life, a wise mentor encouraged me to commit to 20 minutes of focused meditation daily; every day, seven days a week with no exceptions. It was difficult at first to make the effort EVERY day but I was determined to keep trying.
Benefits are now showing up like mushrooms popping up overnight. Presently, after my 20-minute heart mediation practice, I feel confident and courageous to make changes I know are needed in my life. Plus, other changes that are unknown to me are coming through with complete clarity. I have more “quiet” energy and feel waves of calm frequently.
Scientifically proven, this simple, heart-focused breathing stillness practice helps the heart to stop quaking and become in alignment with the mind. By giving your heart and mind 20 minutes of focused stillness each day, you help the heart to calm, the mind to stop spinning with amazing results that is called “coherency.”
By becoming still, we can slow down our neural circuity that revs up our inner engines by putting them into neutral gear. Our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of our being start to align and become coherent together to bring in greater resiliency and energy to our speeding systems. Heart quakes are the best traffic cops of our lives, giving us the signal to slow down our speeding hearts and spinning minds to give them calm, neutral doses of love.
Will you be willing and open to spare 20 minutes each day to soothe your heart quaking? Are you ready to experience the amazing benefits for a new, daily commitment to your heart? How does feeding your heart daily doses of love and attention make you feel? Begin to notice how making changes in your life becomes motivating instead of the old resistance holding you back. Smooth, coherent waves of positive feelings start to override the fearful ones.
And please, do your best not to consider your new practice a “challenge” to mark off your list of accomplishments. Practice reframing it as a necessary, daily function just as important as brushing your teeth, eating meals and taking a bath or showering. Your heart will thank you!
Are you wondering about how to manage the energies shifting and shaping our planet right now? Have you felt tremendous changes in your body and how it responds to certain times of day? Has your heart felt a heaviness with the swirling energies of systems breaking apart and humanity injustices?
Being an Angel intuitive, messages are coming in loud and clear. Wisdom gems from the Angels came this week to share with you for activating your compassionate heart energies to help you navigate the shifts and changes happening daily.
“Deep dives into the chambers of the heart are waiting to be opened. Power of love and peace lie deep within the chambers of unknown. Unconditional love. Peace is possibility. Equality for all. Living from the heart brings awakenings and connection to white and blue light dimensions that are the fuel for the heart. Divine awakenings. Divine connections.
The Age of Angels is here. Your heart is from angelic molds that were created from Divine. Have faith. Trust. Be in vertical alignment with heaven and earth. Activate your compassionate love in each breath that comes from your heart. Each time you connect with heart, compassion flows and changes the energy to an uplifting frequency of unknown proportions.
Feel your power? Feel your potential? The heart knows. The heart yearns to guide. The heart will be insistent upon revealing the wisdom deep in the chambers that the soul has imprinted.
You are a miracle. Start living like a miracle and watch all human heaviness dissolve. Visit the 5th dimension often and watch the magic flow to your 3rd dimension humanness.
Be happy. Be joyful. Be of service in compassionate love and in vibration of super coherency raining upon you from Diving Source and your Angels. We love you! And so it is.”
What happens when you shift from judgment to compassion flowing from your heart for yourself and others? Magic? Transformation? Settled energy?
Make the shift to lead and live from your heart and experience what unfolds. And remember to call upon your Angels daily to ask for a compassion booster to live with more inner peace and love.
When did you recently upgrade your phone, computer or apps? Upgrading technology is an ongoing process as new software and better platforms are created daily. We naturally get caught up in the process of how fast we can upgrade our technology, as we line up hours ahead of new releases in order to speed up our lives of doing.
What about our lives of being? Inner heart technology is probably the most important aspect of our lives to upgrade. Our hearts need constant attention to create more hard drive space in order to download its wisdom and upload new files for listening to its guidance.
Inner heart technology has two operating systems of heart intelligence and heart intuition. Both lead you to who you truly are with greater intuitive capacity and discernment. Both create expansive connections with yourself and others. Their program coding comes from your inner source; your heart’s core values of love, compassion, kindness, patience, trust, peace and others that are aligned with your essence.
Many times I refer to the heart as our GPS system for navigating life and taking a new direction. It’s not easy to take the road less traveled, yet once we make that courageous turn, the real life adventure begins by listening to your heart’s intuition and following it’s intelligent ways.
Lately I’ve been on an inner technology discovery ride since my computer crashed a few weeks ago. It has taught me to take the time to model and teach the importance of activating heart as an important inner leader in our external, fast-paced technology lives.
How will you upgrade your heart’s operating system? What ways will you activate your inner heart leader and let it take charge of your life? Are you ready to receive your inner leader driving manual? It’s guaranteed to be packed full of good routes to take without stopping to ask for directions.
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In our technology driven world, there grows an addiction and decline of one-to-one human interaction and communication. How much time are we spending in-person with human interaction and dialogue? How many hours per day do you spend screen scrolling and checking your phone and emails? How much techno-stress do you accumulate in your physiology daily?
Recently my computer‘s hard drive crashed. I was without access to 19 years of entrepreneurship business life and personal documents, files, pictures and more. For 12 days and nights, my life changed as these life lessons came forth:
I woke up with stomach cramps and was nauseous each time I needed to be in front of my computer to input new passwords, download software and restore my operating system fully. There was a deep stirring in my gut for a new way of being. More retreats? More time in nature? More helping others in person? More writing on paper? More review of different ways for being in alignment with Source every minute of living?
After this Angel intervention and awakening experience happened, I immediately got rid of my TV. However, I now realize those screens inside those buildings were also computer and tablet screens. They promote the same addiction, one that reinforces a type of robotic human reaction that I witnessed from above.
For everyone reading, my challenge for you is to give up your computer and tablets for at least 10 to 12 days and experience what happens. You can do most computer functions on your phone yet really only complete what you absolutely need to do; such as follow-up or communications with clients or answering a call.
Practice really, really stepping away. Don’t stop working yet work in a new way. Learn what true balance is in your work day. Set up new systems that aren’t dependent on technology. Walk and move more, type less and record voice memos of your creative ideas and thoughts. Listen to your voice often. Give gratitude for what comes to you through your heart. Feel the difference.
What will you discover in your self-imposed computer crash of life?
Often noticing everyday miracles is overlooked. Defining “miracle” is different for everyone. However, when we start to activate appreciation in our hearts, our daily miracles become clear.
Recently, I have been teaching the power of appreciation to my clients. Present articles online from Forbes to Harvard Medical school show research to support the positive results from appreciation activation both personally and professionally.
By simply activating a positive feeling of sincere appreciation, heart rhythm coherence increases, emotional stress reduces and your health and well-being improve. Why wouldn’t we pay attention to the power of appreciation?
Driving home late night from delivering a heart-focused workshop, I noticed the waxing new moon setting over the ocean. A surprising rainbow hue outlined its shape in light fog. It’s reflection on the still ocean water was breathtaking. I exclaimed, “This is a miraculous moment that will never be repeated.”
Activating appreciation in my heart for that moment with gratitude brought an overwhelming sense of peace and ease. I recorded the moment over and over in my heart so I could access when an unexpected phone call comes, the news blares fear and my inner battery is on red light drain.
Feeling appreciation for daily miracles, such as observing nature’s offerings, is one way to build coherence for your inner battery.
Another way is to practice cultivating more appreciation for yourself and others. Identify qualities you appreciate about yourself and others in your home and work environment. Anchor and visualize them in your heart to access throughout your day. Watch what unfolds observing everyday miracles.
There is an ocean bluff where Angel messages flow through me naturally and with serenity. Writing comes with swift pen. Guidance is heard clearly. Love is felt in each breath. Both outer beauty and inner magic are majestically imprinted in memory.
Peace and love are Divinely felt and received here. They serve as anchors for this beautiful bluff sitting high above waves splashing below in faithful devotion.
My treks to Serenity Bluff for over 25 years inspire me to meditate, inquire, listen and write Angel transmissions. An altar which I created started with a stick drawing in the dirt of a heart with the words “love” in the center. Now the heart altar is filled with beautiful offerings brought by many visiting.
A new peace sign made of crystalline stones now accompany the heart altar. My heart skipped a beat in pure blissful happiness upon first discovery. Love and peace are Universal messages. What other Universal Messages are to be shared from Serenity Bluff?
Universal Messages of Ocean Waves
As a neophyte blog writer, I asked my Angel Team for guidance and focus for topics and insights. They replied with gratitude. “Just write in rhythmic flow with your heart attuned to the ocean waves below and the sky above as an encyclopedia of Divine Wisdom. Continue to write in wonder-awe the Universal Messages that are to be shared.” And so I wrote.
Each ocean wave is unique and one of a kind; finding shore from its long journey.
The beauty and rhythm of each wave’s touchpoint to shore is “once only” to be marveled. Each has a message and story. When we open our hearts to receive, we can hear their voices.
Seagulls and hawks listen as do the seals and otters swimming in the surf. Can we attune our hearts with the ocean waves' rhythmic, highest frequency?
Becoming still and listening closely, our hearts become full of feeling, intuition and intelligence.
The feelings of ecstasy, calm, peace, love, excitement, wonder and gratitude have always been the magnetic attraction for human hearts drawn to each diverse shoreline or beach.
The fine tuning fork of ocean waves are healing as well as renewing. Their sound vibration uplifts our hearts to a higher volume of broadcasting love and passionate desires.
Each wave’s whispering whooshes when receding soothes and heals a broken heart.
Ocean waves are teachers, guides and awakening sources of heart. Breathing in their messages and feeling their once and only caress to shoreline unites our heart and soul with Mother Gaia’s powerful gifts.
Can you hear the ocean waves transmitting a message to your heart?
Lisa A. Clayton, MS, Author, Master Trainer.
Founder and President of Source Potential, a human development company, Lisa offers more than 30 years of experience in professional training, coaching and consulting. Lisa created a unique learning method for developing individual potential and learning application tools which was used worldwide by clients such as American Express and HSBC in facilitator certifications.
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