Last weekend in Frankfurt we spent some time looking at the gift of hospitality and also the blocks to it. It is an important gift to develop as many people consciously and unconsciously respond well to this energy. Hospitality is a major ingredient to success; it fills our seminars, salons, cafes and offices. It gives out that message that everyone is welcome. When we are coaching training companies, we teach of its importance to help create that positive family experience and atmosphere that all of us crave.
Hospitality helps us to expand, to open our hearts, to be willing to share and give, to help us transcend our limitations. In doing so we get back into the flow of life, with more contact, more excitement and joy. It gives us an endless opportunity to discover new relationships, new friends and even colleagues; to have new experiences and to live life more fully. That open-hearted welcoming energy is essential for us on our way to happiness and success.
Our hospitality is challenged by our fear, our competition, our desire to contract in the belief we will be safer. Basically, it is challenged by all the dynamics that create scarcity in our lives, that drive separation and build the ego. We could all draw up a long list of why we gave up our hospitality, starting with how unfair and unjust life is. We then project on those around us that they will just take from us if we open up.
In this time of building walls, turning back refugees and stereotyping religions we are teaching that hospitality is a dangerous quality that must be controlled, but we are so going against our true nature. Today would be a good day to check our own level of welcoming and hospitality, to assess how contracted we have become, living smaller and smaller lives yet craving success and happiness. Hospitality would be a great energy to allow our awareness to dwell on today. Where have we built walls, turned aside friends and closed our hearts?
Is that the direction you really want to go?