My relationship with social media is quite a complicated one... I do realise (and, ok.. accept) that nowadays 'if you have a website, you exist'. On the other hand I can get quite stressed because of the expectations that are automatically raised by exposing yourself on the internet: as fast as you connect to the whole world, as fast you can loose the whole world if you don't answer at the right time, at the right posts, in the right way...is my fear. So imagine what happened when I was challenged at Facebook with the question: 'and now a bit more commercial (in other words, I red, 'cut the crap, get real and stop all bull shit about being congratulated on your own business'), what does your toko stand for?'. Red spots appeared in my neck, heart beating, agitation coming up in my body...no, no, no! This is exactly what I didn't want anymore! I want people to value me for who I am and for what I do, because they know my intentions, because they can see my purpose radiating around me... 'Right Viv, cut the crap, now that is bull shit. You know you have to sell yourself, whatever you do and even with a clear purpose and the most beautiful intentions', a little voice within me said.
Coming from a total commercial family, I have always been considered strange in the domain of commerce. Don't get me wrong: I am truly customer focused! Already at age 11 I created fantastic playgrounds in the garden for my siblings completely meeting their customer needs ;-)...and I made them pay for it! After all I designed, built, manned it all... But I have always had a strong resistance to 'having to sell' what you do and why you do it. 'I am building the bridge while walking on it', I answered on Facebook and that is true. The respond was 'learning how to fly while falling?', but that's not true... Flying I am already quite good at and I am not falling: I am very consciously walking a bridge, where I don't know (and don't have to know) where it will take me..
I just strongly feel this event INTO YOUR NATURE has to be. The moment I watched one of the first pre viewings of Down to Earth, I just knew I 'had to do something with it'. We were blown away by the movie and the dialogue with Rolf and Renata afterwards. The impact on me and the three friends I took along was enormous. We all felt some urge to manifest this 'blown-awayness' in some way to our own worlds, create some movement. I now know it resonated totally with my inner nature and purpose. And it all started with a picture of Nowaten (he who listens) in magazine Happinez that just clicked to my soul without understanding why. So I naively hoped that other people's souls would also 'just click' to the pictures in the flyer and the beautiful programme of the event. That that would be enough selling in itself.
The question on Facebook made me realise that (of course, duh) people click in different ways. And that selling, in whatever way, who you are, what you do and why you do it, is just part of our 2017 way of living in our part of the world, with an overwhelming amount of about everything available. And that is exactly why I would love as many people as possible to attend INTO YOUR NATURE. Because we are so damn lucky we live in this part of the world where we can afford ourselves to get inspired on our why's and what we do. So we have the possibility to learn from the Earthkeepers and each other. It is my dream to inspire and serve people to connect to their inner nature, because I believe the more people are aware of their own nature, their own strengths & talents, the more movement we create to serve the world and humanity. So if I have to sell my own purpose and the proposition of the event to live that dream, I will be very happy to do so.