Encore Entrepreneurs: Jim Logan saw a need for personalized spiritual consultation and founded SoulVentures

Taking a leap of faith in a tough job market lead to starting personalized spiritual consultation service. 

Name of business: SoulVentures

What the business does:  Jim Logan, 54, operates outside formal religious structures to provide person-structured spiritual consultation and ceremonies, especially when these are needed to mark life’s key transitions.  Weddings, funerals, “living funerals,” the welcoming of a new child, or any other milestone in one’s life fall in this category.  Jim works with anyone regardless of spiritual orientation or religious background.  “The practice at SoulVentures is based on the belief that spirituality is natural and innate to each person and is cultivated within their own experience.”

What makes is successful: In a word – courage.  When Jim decided to embark on a career transition, he took all the right steps: took time to look at his life and think about issues that needed addressing.  He assessed his skills and preferences, and carefully analyzed their relationship to the job market.  He moved to Portland in 2010 and faced a tough job market.  Networking was not working.

Then a close friend suggested that he pursue his passion, and trust that the money will follow.  He took the leap.

Re-invention, re-creation, and re-imagination: Jim started out has an ordained minister and had served in that capacity for more than two decades.  He realized it was no longer a good fit for him.

It was not an easy journey.  Facing a tough job market, a diagnosis for prostate cancer, and some scattered contract work here and there, his true niche was still eluding him.  It was only when a good friend challenged him to live his passion that the pieces started falling into place.

Contemplating his vision for his life and work, Jim writes, “I believe each person should be respected for the unique personality and individual spiritual leanings and gifts.  A person should never be treated as if their spirituality can only be gained acquiring some secret or esoteric information.  One’s spirituality is going to be found in their own experience.”

SoulVentures started from that core vision.  Jim works as a spiritual consultant and facilitator of personalized ceremonies.  He draws on “connecting the dots between the details of a ceremonial celebration and the major events of people’s lives.”  His training in spirituality and spiritual guidance is based on Ignatian (Jesuit) spirituality, and he remains profoundly grateful for his experience with it. He likes that it makes his work adaptable and workable for anyone regardless of religious background.

When he works with a client at SoulVentures, Jim begins with each client’s personal experience.  This helps the client “choose to stay more intentionally connected to their passion and purpose.”

BSR Take Away:  SoulVentures is built on a strong foundation of personal integrity and courage.  Jim’s wise philosophy about spirituality applies to your career as well: it should be innate and natural to your personality.  It should be as unique and special as you are.

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