Drive. Align. Shift. Spirit Driving Institute Blog by Leila Johnson

27Jan/14Off

I Did It – Received My Masters of Divinity!

What a fabulous way for me to start 2014. I turned in my Master's thesis in November and heard back this month that I passed with flying colors! I now hold my Master of Divinity and am an ordained reverend through Wisdom of the Heart Church.

This accomplishment holds a very special place in my heart because I have been working on it off and on for 3 years and wrote my thesis about my daughter. It is titled, "Sharing Spiritual and Religious Beliefs with Your Preschool Child" and includes a nice library of research showing how parents of different religions and spiritual backgrounds share their beliefs. I weaved in my family story and the ways that my husband and I help our daughter to explore her world.

What a wonderful journey it's been. I have learned so much about myself and my place in the Universe. If anyone is interested in taking a similar journey, I highly recommend attending the University of Metaphysical Sciences.

I feel re-energized now and have relaunched my Spirit Driving Institute Website. You'll see some new Drive. Align. Shift. services for couples. I look forward to working with you and your partner to support you in your health & wellness, career, and spiritual journeys.

5Nov/10Off

A Dedication

To my grandmother,
who inspired me spiritually;

This is part of the dedication from my book, Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel. Today would have been my grandmother's 100th birthday. She was a big part of my life since she lived with us from a little bit after I was born until I was 16.

Also, she had a strong influence on me spiritually. Here's a short passage from my book to give you a window into her Personality:

...I grew up attending African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church services. My grandmother was devout and a regular church-goer. She also taught me a lot about the Bible and how to lead my life in a spiritual way. Even though she was was dedicated to the AME church, I can remember her opening the door for Jehovah's Witnesses and purchasing their kid's books for me. They were colorful, fun, and quite accessible for a young child. Her simple act taught me to be open and accepting of all spiritual beliefs.

It would have been wonderful to have her live to see this day when her "little baby" published a book. I know that she continues to watch over me.

I just wanted to take a minute to acknowledge my grandmother. It's also a great time to give yourself a chance to reflect on those who have had a positive influence on your life.

Love & Light,

Leila Johnson

27Oct/10Off

Putting the Puzzle of Your Life Together

I watched Jane Fonda on Oprah and enjoyed what she had to say about her childhood, growing up, and becoming whole. It sounds cliche, but so much of how you look at your life now depends on your childhood. Those that are most successful decide not to be put in shackles if they had a less than wonderful childhood or, as Jane Fonda put it, had parents who didn't "show up".

Jane Fonda mentioned doing a life review so that you can put the "puzzle of your life together". It's a symbolic activity that will help you to put everything in its place and figure out why you are who you are. In other words, it's a way to get a complete picture of your Personality.

Fonda went a step further and interviewed those who were key players in her younger years. Keep in mind that this isn't about pointing fingers to place blame. And it's not about trying to find all the things that you want to change about yourself. It's an activity to help you feel whole and content with who you are so that you can move forward to more success.

I chose to use my book as my life review (at least of the first ~30 years). It was a cathartic way of putting the puzzle of my life together. I talk about my successes and struggles as a person, in school, on the job, in my business, with family, and with friends. It hasn't been a perfect life and, honestly, it shouldn't be. Also, it hasn't been easy, and it shouldn't be. Every part of it has shaped my Personality and helped me to become the success that I am today.

And a final thought on success. You'll hear me use that word a lot on my blog and, of course, in my book. When I speak of success, I want you to know that it doesn't come from a place of arrogance and it isn't all about money and advancement. It is more so about a feeling of contentment. The definition of success will be different for everyone.

Have you completed a life review? How did it feel? How has it helped you to define who you are now?