The Power of PINGS
Pings are whispers from the Universe. They are intuitive messages, gut feelings or informational downloads that seem to come out of nowhere. All of a sudden, you feel like you should do something. Today, we’re talking about the power that resides in when you choose to act on them. Because, it’s one thing to receive pings and then another to actually live them out and see what’s on the other side. This is called trusting The Universe.
So, when was the last time you let go and allowed The Universe to take over?
For as long as I can remember, I thrived off controlling every aspect of my life, especially my career. I had no idea what it was to listen to my intuition. I had no idea what pings were and had no idea that I could just let go of things and it would become even better than what I could have imagined. I remember having a lot of constriction - a lot of pushback, hard times and struggles. I couldn’t let things just flow. I couldn’t let things just figure themselves out. Until two years ago when The Universe pushed me to hit rock bottom and I didn’t have a choice other than to rely on these pings to figure out what to do next with my entire life!
FEAR OF FAILURE
My sense of control was a way to make sure I didn’t fail. But, what ended up happening was that control forced things to fail miserably because I wasn’t listening to the signs or what I was feeling. I dismissed them as if they had no purpose or importance.
During my rock bottom, I didn’t choose to stop controlling - I was forced. I surrendered to whatever The Universe wanted me to do next and I ended up leaving my full-time job with no idea of what I was going to do next. This is when I started consulting for wellness brands. The only thing I knew I wanted to do was work with people that were kind, genuine and respectful, and help them spread true healing.
It was at this time that I started to really tap into these pings and act on them. They would show up as little messages in my mind such as — you should grab coffee with this person or you should email this person or you should go to this workout class or you should read this magazine. Things just quickly starting happening, I started connecting with authentic, genuine people that became clients, the work I was being asked to work on was exactly in line with helping to spread authentic healing and my personal relationships with friends and family became the strongest they had been, ever! The more I realized how much better my life was by acting on these pings the more I was able to trust them and for the first time in my life, I felt like I was in flow.
FINDING THE FLOW
And this flow just kept flowing. That little consulting gig became a full-service creative services agency in March 2018 after I received a ping with the perfect brand name, ōSHen Creative. At this time, I didn’t care to consider what this was actually going to entail. All I knew is that I needed to do it and I needed to do it right then and there. So, 24 hours later I had applied for an LLC, Trademark and started looking for employees.
For the past 4 months, I’ve truly stepped up and have tried hard to figure out what being a business owner actually means. When you help 8 other brands with their creative, editorial and marketing, the last thing you have the energy for is to do it for yourself. It also doesn’t help that I have a very specific aesthetic that I want my own brand to convey. I know, I know… creative problems. But, this was really holding me back. Holding me back from launching my website, bringing on new clients and opening more portals for income with workshops and retreats.
Until one day I couldn’t take it anymore. I needed freedom from the pressure I was putting on myself and this company that I was building. I stopped working in the middle of the day. I drove around in my car just to get out of my house. I picked up three super dreamy creative magazines that I've always admired (Cereal, Kinfolk, and Self-Service). I went to sushi by myself. I wrote in my journal. And, by the time I got home I was so creatively inspired that I ended up building out my entire company website in 4 hours. I launched the site at midnight and immediately fell asleep. By the time I woke up the next morning, I received an email that ōSHen Creative had its first press piece published on Fullest Mag.
And just like that, I was reminded of the immense power of pings. If I hadn’t listened to that whisper to get out of the house and mix it up, I would have never been inspired to create my website which would have been a huge miss for my agency. One thing that I wish someone would have told me when I was younger is that our life is comprised of all these small moments, that eventually add up to the bigger picture. It’s these whispers that we need to be paying the most attention to at all times.
The best part of acting on these pings? I’m walking around with ease, a smile on my face and minimal stress. I end up having days that are so in alignment. The plans work out perfectly, smoothly and without resistance. It truly feels as if The Universe is meeting me and supporting me with everything I need. I also end up feeling more in my body. And maybe this is the secret — that listening and acting on pings allows you to deeply connect with yourself and live the life that you were destined to live.