Monday, November 14, 2016


Session Description:

Most people move away from the things that bring the pain or discomfort.
Experiences and/or situations that may make them feel small, inadequate, insecure or unknowledgeable and that decision may be one of the biggest mistakes we can make on our life journey.

Like a diamond hidden in the darkest recesses of earth… resistance helps us discover the gems that will set us free and give us access to some of our greatest growth opportunities!

Session Takeaways:

Resistance – The value is serves in our life.
Is it education or protection?
Understanding your relationship to resistance.
Practical guidelines for using resistance to mine for life lesson gems!

View the rest of the Luminate 2016 presenters here.


From The Leadership Podcast
Episode 34, Original Airdate: February 8, 2017
Silicon Valley Veteran Touts Leadership as One of the Highest Forms of Service

Podcast: Play in new window (Duration: 48:23 — 46.6MB)

Summary & Ideas for Action

Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Lana Holmes. Lana served as a proof-of-concept CEO for 6 companies, and an investor/advisor to over 30 technical startups in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the founder of four companies, she has deep expertise in the complete entrepreneurial journey. Sensing the marketplace needed more than business expertise, Lana invested in her personal practice with an eight-year journey in earth wisdom and oral indigenous traditions.

Listen in to learn more about how to be inquisitive, find passion, and navigate your journey so as to pass down wisdom for generations to come.

Key Takeaways
[3:21] Lana’s early career was an executive path, starting at Xerox, where she learned to ask questions. She was also one of the first employees at WebLogic as Director of Operations.

[6:56] Looking for passion in her life, Lana went on a year-long walkabout, spending time in nature. She found teachers who were students of indigenous oral traditions, and she asked to study with them.

[11:39] Lana discusses the hero’s journey. She cites Brian Johnson, who is launching Hero Training 101, after a life of leadership and being a hero in his own right.

[14:42] Jim notes consistent similarities shared by the various leader-focused guests on the podcast: asking questions, telling stories, being curious, concern for legacy, listening. Jan cites a TED Radio Hour podcast on “The Hero’s Journey,” and the crucibles heroes experience. Lana talks about timeless earth wisdom.

[17:32] Earth wisdom provided Lana with the essential elements for navigation. Her organizational development work has been influenced by earth wisdom teachings, and medicine wheels, in relationship with nature. She takes clients into nature, diving deep with them to make a quantum leap toward understanding their life’s purpose.

[19:29] Lana notes that Crucibles impact people by the power of the earth. She provides people with tools, or custom questions, built on the energies of a medicine wheel, to navigate their lives.

[26:02] Lana urges aligning business with our values. Disruption creates superstorm systems, that are complicated and challenging to fix.

[29:54] Jim considers cycles to be critical. Ancient wisdom teaches balance, and give and take.

[35:45] Leadership is one of the highest forms of service. We must first come into right relationship with ourselves, in order to be extraordinary leaders. Service begins at self-care. Lana asks questions to reveal the brilliance that is already within people

[39:32] The first step is listening to our own voice, which requires asking ourselves the right questions, and listening deeply to what’s moving within us, and then having dialog with people, about those questions and findings.

From Glistening Particles
Episode 6, Original Airdate: September 19, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window (Duration: 57:34 — 79.1MB)

Lana Holmes is a lover of people, wisdom and natural, organic systems. She guides and advises high impact individuals who are in service to life and all that brings life in their professional and personal journeys. She has a diverse background as an athlete, a founder of four companies; an investor or advisor in over thirty more in the fast-pace of Silicon Valley and eventually sought a deep spiritual path in the area of earth wisdom and oral teachings. Where she stands between business and spirit is unique and her insights help her guide others to find deeper meaning, intention and purpose in their own journey.

Lana is writing her book called The Next Clear Step targeted for release in 2017.


Lana Holmes

Timeless Earth Wisdom – Lana’s teachers

Thomas Hübl – another great resource for spiritual learnings whom Lana studied

Lana’s advice about resistance:

When it gets hard — move toward it. “Anytime I experience resistance, I move toward it. I find out what it’s about and  the harder it is, the more curious I become. And so, my whole orientation to life is now curiosity.”

There is wisdom in knowing when to move toward resistance. There are times when we feel resistance or fear and we need to listen to it. Resistance and some fear is healthy. It’s what keeps us safe from physical danger. However, when we don’t know why we feel fear…there’s no obvious rational reason to feel resistance, caution or fear, then when you decide to move into the resistance, do so with good reason, planning and wise counsel from those who love you. Move steadily, one clear step at a time, circling, circling around and around to see where it takes you next. That is exactly how big shifts are made in our life journey.

Lana reminds us that life only brings us things/challenges that bring us more life and make us whole and complete in every way. Resistance is about moving deeper into that which makes us whole so we can be of greater service to life.

Quote from Lana’s grandfather:

“Be careful what you bury, you may be burying it alive”

Rumi quote:

“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.”