Over and over again in this series we’ve talked about the notion of Alignment.
About being open and in Divine alignment to receive both your team and the resources to power your Vision;
About why, as co-founders, you’ll want to come into alignment around your Vision before and beyond your agreement;
About the immense power of aligning around the energetic architecture of your Shared Values; and
How aligned agreements can serve to memorialise and stabilise the bonds of trust between us and anchor the group into the environment of our current reality as we’re on our journey to embodying our Vision here and now.
Given a conversation that I recently had with an excited and promising startup team, which highlighted some important considerations, in this piece we’re going to dive more deeply into what kind of alignment will serve a smooth resource flow into your organism.
So let’s start with a classic startup tale:
The core team are all excited about the conversations they’re having and expressing,
“𝙒𝙚’𝙧𝙚 𝙙𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙘𝙡𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙙𝙚𝙖𝙡…….”
But as soon as things get close to signing, or other parties get involved, the trust seems to dissipate from the interaction and something scuppers the deal before resource flow starts happening…
e.g. it turns out that the supplier doesn’t end up having the inventory, or the wrong document was accidentally sent.
You get the picture.
If this type of situation is arising for you at the early stages of your organism’s development, this could well be indicating that something is out of whack for you with respect to:
✍️ (1) Your current alignment around your agreements; and/or
💦(2) Your current alignment and set up for resources to flow
Imagine a water mill and how much energy it can produce using hydropower for milling grain.
Now imagine if the water mill is already clogged with other energy, or the wheel is hanging off its axis, the water can’t flow through the system and create the energy that it could create if it was in full working order.
As such, any block that’s happening in your experience may simply be Life nudging you towards embodying right alignment within your group field (not unlike how bumpers stop beginner’s bowling balls from sliding into the gutter too soon), connecting the right channels up to each other and to the root system, before Nature will start gushing all over you.
In one of my previous pieces “𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐨-𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐀𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐒𝐚𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐀𝐜𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐈𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧” we explored how agreements serve the purpose of rooting the organism down into this dimension of reality so that we can interact with Life all around us here and now, and allow the organism to draw resources or hydration up through the cultural soil into the seed.
Just think of a seed drawing in seed capital;
Drawing in that initial hydration is what cracks open the seed shell and allows Life to start blossoming out as a sprouting seedling.
As that water is being drawn up into the roots of the really nascent organism, you ideally want the organism to be channeling that resource flow:
(A) Into a clean, appropriate and open receptacle; and then
(B) Through the organism to the best and most energy aligned places for nourishing it to the maximum and allowing it to flourish into a healthy seedling (and ultimately keep growing into a vibrant fruit-bearing tree).
So what do I mean by a “𝑐𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑛, 𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑝𝑒𝑛 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑝𝑡𝑎𝑐𝑙𝑒”?
Well, ideally, the flows of resources coming through your nascent organism would:
(i) be completely clean of any other potentially interfering energy;
(ii) be going into a container that’s large enough for the flow you’re anticipating as the organism is growing; and
(iii) be accessible and manageable by all the parents of the organism.
Naturally, this then invites the following questions:
- 𝑊ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑒𝑡 𝑢𝑝 𝑑𝑜 𝑦𝑜𝑢 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒?
- 𝐴𝑟𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑟𝑒𝑔𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑑𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑜𝑟 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦?
- 𝐸𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑤𝑎𝑦, 𝑑𝑜 𝑦𝑜𝑢 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑎 𝑙𝑜𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑘 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑠𝑢𝑝𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑖𝑛 ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑥𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑑𝑎𝑦-𝑡𝑜-𝑑𝑎𝑦 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑠𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔?
- 𝐼𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑎 𝑓𝑟𝑒𝑠ℎ 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑘 𝑎𝑐𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑂𝑟𝑔𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑠𝑚; 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡’𝑠 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑤𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑒𝑙𝑠𝑒’𝑠 𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑡 𝑜𝑟 𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑠𝑢𝑏-𝑎𝑐𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡?
- 𝐷𝑜𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑡 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑎 𝑏𝑖𝑔 𝑒𝑛𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑐𝑎𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑡𝑜 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑙𝑜𝑤𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢’𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑖𝑝𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔?
- 𝐴𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑐𝑜-𝑠𝑖𝑔𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑎𝑙 𝑎𝑢𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑐𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡?
If this isn’t the case, ask yourself, “Why not?”
I know it can be tempting to rush this part, especially if it looks like opportunity is knocking at your door and the pressure seems to be on, but given that you’re electing to become a parent to an organism, naturally this process is calling upon you to become self-responsible and self-accountable before your baby births.
And know that, particularly if you’re being approached by external parties and you’re already talking about finances and agreements with them, then by virtue of those interactions you’re also being invited to get into alignment with your agreements, your finances and your infrastructure internally in order to be able to engage in those conversations in integrity.
Ultimately, you’ll want to be embodying the kind of alignment such that any resources flowing through your infrastructure and your agreement field can flow through and be trusted for their integrity on the other end.
(ɪ) A Cᴏᴍᴘʟᴇᴛᴇʟʏ Cʟᴇᴀɴ Rᴇᴄᴇᴘᴛᴀᴄʟᴇ Fʀᴇᴇ ᴏғ Aɴʏ Oᴛʜᴇʀ Pᴏᴛᴇɴᴛɪᴀʟʟʏ Iɴᴛᴇʀғᴇʀɪɴɢ Eɴᴇʀɢʏ;
While it’s easy to want to get a bank account set up straight away, or to use one that already exists that has one of the partner’s names on it already, if you go down that route, be aware that you’re mixing existing energetic imprints with your new organism.
If that partner has a financial history of debts, loans, overdrafts, receiving money from misaligned people or organisations, related to that account, you’re basically funneling your nascent organism’s resources, which are akin to the nourishment that comes through an umbilical cord, into a receptacle that already has all of those energetic imprints.
And while there’s nothing wrong with approach that per se, it’s worth noting that you 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 find yourself contending with a bunch of energetic consequences and considerations later down the line by virtue of choosing that path, that wouldn’t necessarily arise if you approached it clean.
The bottom line here is that when it comes to growing something from nothing, similarly to having a baby, you ideally want as few early complications as possible, so the cleaner the receptacle the better.
(ɪɪ) A Rᴇᴄᴇᴘᴛᴀᴄʟᴇ Tʜᴀᴛ’s Aᴄᴄᴇssɪʙʟᴇ ᴀɴᴅ Mᴀɴᴀɢᴇᴀʙʟᴇ Bʏ Aʟʟ Tʜᴇ Pᴀʀᴇɴᴛs ᴏғ Tʜᴇ Oʀɢᴀɴɪsᴍ
On a similar note, if you’re starting a business abroad, the foetus is a useful analogy to consider in the sense that if you’re having a baby you would usually want that baby to be located as close to you as possible.
So while I don’t have any issue in principle with an organism being located anywhere in the world, particularly if there’s a possibility of doing international business in a location that has more convenient legal and financial structures for being able to flow money through from an international banking perspective, it’s kind of like the notion of breastfeeding across the world.
Rather than trying to stretch your mama nipple that far, you’ll want to ensure you at least have a local bank account to deal with resource and financial matters real time.
Because there are a whole host of complexities to deal with when managing day-to-day financial matters (just ask my teammate Max who handles all of our team’s finances) around things like:
- 𝐸𝑛𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑝𝑎𝑦𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑟𝑟𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑜𝑛 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 (𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑡𝑒 𝑝𝑢𝑏𝑙𝑖𝑐 ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑖𝑑𝑎𝑦𝑠);
- 𝐺𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑘 𝑐𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑠 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑝𝑝𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑛𝑒𝑤 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑘 𝑐𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑠 𝑑𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑓/𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑖𝑟𝑒 𝑜𝑟 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑡;
- 𝐺𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑝𝑠 𝑡𝑎𝑘𝑒𝑛 𝑜𝑓𝑓 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑓𝑎𝑙𝑠𝑒 𝑓𝑟𝑎𝑢𝑑 𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑢𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑠𝑒;
- 𝐺𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑛𝑒𝑤 𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑐𝑘 𝑏𝑜𝑜𝑘𝑠 𝑑𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑟𝑢𝑛 𝑜𝑢𝑡;
And so the last thing you’ll want is a hefty time difference that makes it difficult to deal with financial matters as they arise.
Again, it comes back to the notion that when it comes to growing something from nothing, similarly to having a baby, you ideally want as few early complications as possible.
When it comes to your banking, you’ll also want to ensure that all partners are co-signers on the account so that they have visibility on what’s happening, are taking equal responsibility for the resources and have the ability to transfer resources in accordance with financial decision-making.
This is an important piece for being able to function as a coherent team together with continuity over time, because financial self-responsibility is a key characteristic for all the members of a startup team in order for the organism to truly thrive.
Which is why it’s important to get really clear on your ownership structure and what right relationship really looks like between you before you put everyone’s name on the account.
If you went careering into these conversations at the front end of your endeavor and things are starting to look a little different now that you’re a few more weeks or months down the line, you may just want to clear the slate amongst you of any expectations that may have been created (particularly around equity and ownership) or that might risk solidifying your relationships out of alignment with the truth of what’s naturally emerging in the group, and come back to focussing on the Values exercise and your Vision to get into right alignment (more on that below).
When it comes to this kind of financial stuff in the early stages of your business,
“𝘚𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘮𝘰𝘰𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘮𝘰𝘰𝘵𝘩 𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘴𝘵”.
It’s better to move slowly and keep everything aligned as you go, than to rush and have to clean up an unfortunate mess later down the line.
So if you’ve been rushing around, frantically trying to get things set up so you can turn on the tap and let resources flow in, first thing’s first…..
Slow down and breathe.
You being wound tighter than tight or functioning on adrenalin isn’t going to be sending a particularly inviting signal to reality, remember?
If you’re coming from a place of have to, or fear or “need” in any way when it comes to your banking or your finances, you’re radiating out that frequency from your heart, which in turn, is going to magnetize to you the kind of experiences to you to trigger those feelings and alchemise them out of your system.
Which in and of itself is all in Divine perfection to open your body system back out anyway.
The point being that your openness and receptivity is key to magnetizing the resources you want, so when you notice your masculine getting all ramped up because you’re intent on “getting sh*t done”, check yourself, take a breath, ask yourself what’s happening, if there’s emotion to move and thoughts to reorient back into alignment then do so, before coming back to a feeling of relaxation, receptivity and well-being.
Because it’s from that open space internally within your being, that you can connect to a Higher Intelligence and consistently take Inspired Action.
Ideally you would therefore:
(a) take the pressure off any deals “needing” to close for you the team to be able to survive;
(b) take the pressure off the “need” for money to flow into the organism any particular way (which in and of itself contracts everyone in the team around that possibility in a way that could stop the energy flowing); and instead
(c) would be pouring love, energy, resource and attention into your organism unconditionally and non-transactionally at least until it can sustain itself, let alone you.
So, with all that said………I want to come back and revisit why it’s so important to really dial in our Shared Values.
At the risk of harping on about this, as we’ve already spoken about in my piece, “𝐓𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐲 𝐀𝐭 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐨𝐢𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐁𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐎𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐦” our values transcend our physical experience.
If money exists in physical reality, and emotional energy exists at subtler levels of reality (because you can’t hold emotions in your hand) then, as we’ve talked about before, your values exist closer to the causal level of reality.
As such, you want to drop in down there as close to that causal level of reality as possible in what brings you together and bonds you together as a team, as opposed to solely being bound together by money and equity arrangements at the gross level of reality.
Because, ultimately, if you’re devoted to walking this path of individual and collective development to embody your vision together, you want your relationships to hold no matter what happens with the money.
If you guys bring in multiple billions you want the relationships to hold and if you’re broke you want them to hold, so you’ve got to go deeper than where money exists in reality, align down there about what really matters to you, and in those conversations you’re really going to get clear on whether each participant or prospective partners is in values alignment.
Because it’s fair to say that your current vision or business endeavour may not be what you’re all about ultimately. It may be that’s the path that’s presenting itself right now and you have a different North Star, but you don’t know how to create that North Star yet, so you’re just doing what’s in front of you.
The current vision is just giving you a reason to come together around something that can have your consistent attention and you can be learning how to play and work and come into a rhythm together while you’re walking the initiation and alchemy journey.
But visions change, and ultimately the values that underpin everything, that are closer to the causal level of reality, are going to form the crystal that sits at the heart of whatever you’re doing, and no matter what the vision turns into, or how much you pivot, that’s what will hold.
So, if you’d like support in coming into alignment around resource flow so that your organism can receive the hydration it needs to thrive, DM me for an exploratory connection call for how I can support you.