EMPOWERMENT IN BUSINESS
For 3-decades, Sandy Cowen used her intuition to find answers to challenges clients faced with startling results. Unaware of her "gifts" at the time, Sandy was applying them in 1973 when her advertising/public relations agency was born. Over time, there were so many success stories for her local and regional clients that her firm doubled in size 7 times in 14-years. Later, Sandy transferred her positioning skills into the global marketplace, as an international strategic positioning consultant. She retired in 2003.
Her secret was not complex. She followed her basic instincts, was open to be led, was joyful and thankful with the results and knew answers would always come. These flashes of insight opened the door to the possibilities that existed for her life as a whole. Helping businesses is one thing but helping oneself live life more fully is something totally different; that’s what is truly empowering. Here are a handful of examples of success stories from dozens and dozens over the years:
Sales up from 44 units to 88 units the first year. Budget cut by 35%. (Condominium Project)
Targeted awareness rose from 2% to 35% in one year. Realtor base increased 85%, growth being a key goal. No budget increase. (Realty Company)
Food and beverage revenue up 300-400%, occupancy rose to 90-99%, local and national press coverage and won a national PR award for a 3-month, summer campaign (in Arizona). With only $10,000 spent in 1980. (Local Resort)
Doubled sales in 3-months and sales tripled in 6-months. No budget increase. (Auto Dealership)
Cut the budget 75% and increased sales 77% over the previous year in 5-weeks of execution. (Regional Grocery Chain)
Business increased 47% from the previous 6-weeks. Unique ad strategy covered by the National Enquirer. No budget increase. (Restaurant Chain)
Major traffic change (on an urban 10-mile artery) was effectively communicated to entire marketplace with only $10,000 spent. No accidents, no complaints and the City won a national PR award. (Municipality)
A local campaign to boost morale of downtown workers, raise awareness of the needs of the homeless and stop related crimes resulted in a Man of the Year Award for the client, soaring morale of city workers, crime reports up (25% in one month) and national press attention in national newspapers, Newsweek and Time Magazine among others. (Phoenix Chamber of Commerce)
After a rash of chronic and life-threatening illnesses, which began more than 35-years ago, Sandy Cowen learned that labels like “chronic illness” and “life-threatening” were just words, not facts.
The reason Sandy could say that is because she recovered from rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, chronic allergies, hyperthyroidism, leukemia (twice) and even neutropenia, a disorder whereby the immune system can quit functioning and the body becomes unable to fight subsequent bacterial or viral infections. She did so without pharmaceutical drugs or conventional medical intervention. These auto-immune or immune deficiency conditions were now no longer "chronic" or "incurable" to her, regardless of labels they were given. She was empowered through her body’s incredible gifts.
The natural approach, however, was not Sandy’s original plan. She was originally a dutiful conventional medical patient, age 37 at the time, with a new rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis. Soon after, she lost confidence in conventional medicine
when she realized she wasn’t getting any better - her meds were just getting stronger. Although ignorant of what to specifically do next, she still was determined to “get well”.
Fueled by a clear focus, answers suddenly began appearing and when they did she tried every one of them. She was total open to what was being sent and her body was her partner in the process – it told her what worked and what didn’t. Those that worked, she kept doing and those that didn’t, she quit. Sandy found total healing was a cumulative and progressive process and every method or remedy that worked she kept in her routine, even if they were only 5% or 20% improvement - eventually they would total 100%.
Sandy Cowen’s first book, GET WELL – EVEN WHEN YOU’VE BEEN TOLD YOU CAN’T, explained the process of holistic healing, enlightened many about the magic of the human body and helped many people searching for answers become more empowered with their health.
More than a decade later another healing journey ensued after a massive viral infection overtook her body, her immune-system became compromised, and once again, the rheumatoid arthritis and leukemia both returned. That’s when she also faced neutropenia yet Sandy overcame them all. Today, at 76, she is an inspiration, is the picture of health and helps empower others regarding what’s possible in their lives.
INTUITIVE EMPOWERMENT AND CONNECTING
It is certainly possible to connect with the “other side” for guidance or even to reunite with a loved who has passed. Yet nothing is possible if a person believes otherwise.
The key ingredient to being able to access this part of life is being able to quiet the mind – in other words, to relax the brain. Have you ever noticed how often we wake up inspired in the morning? Ideas pop into our head before we’re even totally awake. That’s because we’re in a mentally relaxed state and open to receive. We can all of a sudden see the answer to a problem that has haunted us or gain inspiration for a new project or direction in life. Yes, a quiet mind provides a magical environment.
For many, however, their minds are overactive: spinning with endless chatter, hearing song lyrics or projecting ourselves into the next day. In that state, there can be no inspiration or guidance. That’s why something like meditation is helpful since it merely relaxes the mind by teaching it to be mentally still. When your mind is quiet it’s possible to hear the whispers and it’s within those whispers that doors open to divine guidance and total empowerment.
Here’s a simple exercise: practice trying to stay mentally blank for a few seconds off and on through the day; then try it for a few minutes until it eventually becomes a habit. You can do that exercise in meetings, while driving or even watching TV. It’s not some bizarre state, it is just being in the present moment and staying focused.
Finally, be more open to love. Believe me, when still, love can flow through you if you have a grateful and non-judgmental heart. When we’re unconditionally loving, it accomplishes several things. It actually raises our frequency which is a goal in soul growth and allows our light to shine much brighter on the “other side”. Might sound funny but that’s how our loved ones realize they can connect. Love is a warm and welcoming energy so whether we’re connecting across dimensions or connecting across the room, love is the most powerful emotion there is; it simply attracts everyone.
When judgment falls away you might also be more accepting of the signals you receive from the “other side” of support and love. Don’t discount them for they often come from someone you care for who has passed.
But, if all this stretches your imagination a bit too much and you still miss your family or friends, you could also simply talk to them, out loud – just like they’re sitting next to you. They will always hear you and the added benefit is that you’ll feel better, too. That is also empowering.