Emily Bennington is a bestselling author and a student / teacher of contemplative practices for both secular and spiritual audiences. She has led training programs on mindfulness and composure for numerous Fortune 500 companies and has been featured in press ranging from CNN, ABC, and Fox, to the Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan.

Emily is the author of three books including Miracles at Work: Turning Inner Guidance into Outer Influence which is on how to apply the principles of A Course in Miracles to your career. As a result of her business background, Emily is skilled at presenting complex mindfulness and spiritual topics with logical reasoning, professionalism, and inclusiveness. While her work is gender neutral, Emily’s website was recently listed by Forbes as one of the “100 Best” for women, and her blog touches thousands of readers who are seeking to wonder through life with joy.

In this episode, Emily shares what it is like to be free from the “God-closet”. What does this mean exactly? It means being willing to experience, express, and share one’s faith and spirituality without fear of retribution and through the lens of love as opposed to judgment. This was not an easy journey for Emily, but through her mentoring and training relationships, she recognized that to leave spirituality out of her mindfulness teachings was a disservice to herself and for those coming to her for help. Tune in to find out what it means to look for guidance outside of ourselves and the vulnerability and openness it requires to acknowledge that perhaps we just don’t have all the answers.

  • Today’s guest is Emily Bennington
  • Emily was fortunate to have a boss who became a mentor
    • She learned so much from her as a mentor that they wrote the book, Effective Immediately
    • They toured college campuses to talk about transitioning from school to career
  • When Emily started dealing with management, she noticed people would come to her for help
    • Life problems were always present in every person asking for help so Emily would bring in the spiritual aspect as part of her advice
  • She wrote Miracles at Work: Turning Inner Guidance into Outer Influence
    • Her book is about how we dismantle our thought system based on fear and on love
    • Looking at another person and seeing through your differences unfolds the harmonious connections that you have
    • Take your biases out to make your life more peaceful
  • An Internal Miracle is the shift in perception in love
  • A miracle is expression of love to you
  • Giovanna used to compartmentalize spirituality to the point that she felt unfulfilled
  • Like Giovanna, Emily was in the “God Closet”
  • Mindfulness alone is secular
    • Emily felt she was inauthentic teaching spiritual tools when she calls it secular mindfulness
    • Our spiritual life creates a certain reaction to people and we don’t want to offend anyone
    • The wrong is, we tend to conflate spirituality with religion – it’s not the same thing
    • We use competition in our career that yields to what Emily calls, “Snow-Globe Thinking”
    • A true spiritual practice is what clears out the snow
  • Great leaders don’t have to crawl to the top – they’re carried there
  • Magnitude is the idea of seeing yourself created by God and in a state of spiritual perfection
  • Knowing magnitude creates confidence
  • Emily shares an example of magnitude:
    • Emily had a client who was preparing for a big job interview
    • Her client approached the interview with a tremendous amount of nervousness, anger, and resentment
    • Emily encouraged her client saying that if she doesn’t get the job, that it is NOT a reflection or measurement of her worth
    • Her client had an internal shift in perception from fear to love and she got the job
  • Emily has come to a place where she is far less apologetic in her practice of spirituality
  • Giovanna is not fully out of her “God Closet”
    • It was a disservice for Giovanna when she held back
    • Giovanna has seen the transformations and the relationships that have healed
    • “We’re dealing with a practice a lot of people don’t know about”
  • What helped Emily in the course was creating a container
  • Giovanna was introduced to the course from her mentor
    • 15 years ago Giovanna resisted learning from the course
    • The funny thing was, Giovanna kept attending the course and miracles study groups without opening the book
    • She credits her spiritual mentor for recommending her to read the book, The Disappearance of the Universe
  • It wasn’t until about 4 years ago when Giovanna opened the book
    • The Jesus of the course is different from the Biblical Jesus
    • The Biblical Jesus is in alignment with what the course says
    • As Emily was writing her book, she was aware it could kill her speaking career on mindful leadership
    • What’s interesting was Emily got more engagement after her book was written
    • Emily is NOT a scholar of all religions, but all these things are pointing to LOVE
    • “This is a course on how to know yourself”
    • It’s important to know God and to have a relationship with Him
  • You can go through your life in 2 ways:
    • You can go through life feeling you’re responsible for and in control of everything that happens to you
    • You can also go through your life relying upon the guidance, wisdom, compassion, and love that’s greater than your own
  • You have to open that door and acknowledge that you don’t know
  • When we talk about guidance, we’re not asking for the external situation in our life to change, but for us change
    • The Holy Spirit in the course is the communication link between you and God
    • Saying you want to see things differently is asking
    • Be willing to acknowledge that we have a lot of stories
  • Standing in your magnitude is dropping all your stories – your spiritual self has no story
  • Emily shares about a career workshop she was in with Marianne Williamson
  • Magnitude is the perfection that we see in ourselves
  • There is a level where we cannot be affected with a story
  • Join Emily’s group at Course Companions
  • Connect with Emily on her website
  • Check out The She Rises website!
  • End of today’s podcast

3 Key Points:

  1. Learn to see through your differences with a person so you can see them in love.
  2. Spirituality is not the same a religion – they are two different things.
  3. Do not be afraid to be willing to speak about what you believe in.

Resources Mentioned:

She Rises Podcast by Giovanna Capozza Emily Bennington
How to Create Miracles at Work
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