We had the good fortune of connecting with Karen Fry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Karen, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Having the most positive mindset, thoughts, and beliefs before “taking the first step” (i.e., starting any task, project, meeting, desired outcome, interview, job, etc.) Not allowing any conditions outside of myself to inform my internal belief about anything. For example, I made more money that I’ve ever made in my life during my 23-year sales/marketing career during the last great recession (2008-2010). Ensure that I do not allow any limited thinking to show up and/or stick around very long inside of me. Be very conscious of the energy that I’m showing up as – be the energy that attracts rather than repels/deflects. Play to my strengths.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was at the top of my game in a 23-year executive sales & marketing career. I had a passion and calling to do something completely different though and my vision pulled me so hard that I put all my chips on the table and went “all in” to get my masters degree in consciousness studies and become a spiritual leader (minister). The CEO of the medical device company I was working for at the time offered me a blank check to stay, but I resigned anyway. For the next 3 1/2 years, I went to school full-time and didn’t work. It took a lot of faith to stay the course without any guarantees of success. However, my life had been completely transformed by studying and practicing universal spiritual principles and I wanted to “shout it from the rooftops” so other people could know that they, too, can have it all. I’m proud that I didn’t allow fear to squash my vision or cause me to play small. I was told in ministerial school that if your vision didn’t scare you to death, it wasn’t big enough. I ended up moving to Dallas to partner in ministry with a seasoned spiritual leader and master teacher (30+ years experience) when I had only been a spiritual leader for less than six months. From the time I was really young, I was told to surround myself with people that were better than me in whatever it was I set my heart/mind out to do. When I wanted to learn how to play racquetball, for example, I made sure I played with guys that could wipe me off the floor. I got better and better really quick. I’ve always wanted to learn from the best and Dr Petra Weldes is one of the best in Science of Mind. I’m grateful that she was looking for a partner in ministry and knew that I brought a lot of different strengths to the table from my corporate background of growing companies, my prosperity consciousness, and my big heart. What I’m most proud of is that I showed up as my authentic self. I didn’t attempt to be like her or anyone else. I let my infectious enthusiasm, big energy, and boundless love loose on our community members when I arrived in 2014. It was great! I was “green and growing” as a Spiritual Leader and I loved how the community of CSLDallas embraced me. Don’t try to copy someone else! Be your Self! Your Self will never ever come around again precisely like this or be duplicated throughout all eternity! We each have something so unique to offer the world and only our one-of-a-kind piece makes this incredible puzzle called humanity complete. Seven months after arriving in Dallas, I had to overcome a big challenge – I was diagnosed with breast cancer and it was discovered that I had 10 tumors in my left breast. I was so grateful that I could use all of the spiritual tools I have learned to ensure that I moved through it quickly. I declared that nothing/no thing, not even cancer, was going to keep me from what I’ve come here to BE and the work that I love to DO. I was cancer free (and still am) in less than a month and gained valuable lessons. Here are some of them: – Infinite Wisdom lies within me and I’m to follow It and nothing/no one outside of me – Nurture myself and Love myself fully and completely – to the fullest extent possible – Affirmations got me through each day and kept the fear at bay – Focus on the perfect outcome and highest potentiality until it manifests – Don’t waste one day – Let go of the toxic people – Be conscious of what enters my mind – I rise above the averages – Follow my passions, bliss, and get out in nature a lot – Forgiveness work is KEY – Stop medicating with food and masking my feelings and start “magical thinking” for my life One of the great benefits of being a Spiritual Leader is that I have to “walk my talk” and “walk the walk.” I can’t expect anyone to do a spiritual practice that I don’t practice myself or do anything I haven’t moved through/done myself. I just can’t talk about something – I have to believe it and BE it. You see I value authenticity, vulnerability, and being in congruence with the universal spiritual principles that I teach and practice. This isn’t always easy, but I do my best to exemplify these values and BE LOVE every single day of my life. I love to keep learning, growing and expanding. I learn new perspectives, have “ah ha’s”, and try things that scare me (play big) all the time. I bungy jumped off of the Kawarau Bridge in New Zealand as a way to know that the Universe supports me. I became a certified fire walking instructor in early 2019 after I had my life transformed by walking on fire myself. I now love leading transforming events like fire walking to prove that all things are possible as you believe and how to keep your vision on where you want to go rather than look down (let fear hold you back). Everything is say/do is from a spiritual perspective. I have talked to hundreds of people over these past seven years here in Dallas. What I’ve discovered is that we all want to be loved, seen, heard, and know we belong in this vast world of ours. We belong! We belong by the mere fact that we’re here. We are each a magnificent individualized expression of the One Life, One Power, One Love – that which most people refer to as God. CSLDallas, a Center for Spiritual Living, is a dynamic, 7 day-a-week spiritual center dedicated to teaching and practicing a powerful spirituality that inspires us to live our dreams and tap into the Power Within. This is the place where I spend the vast majority of my time. We are radically inclusive, spiritually progressive, and are all about transforming lives. It’s a place where you won’t find judgment, dogma, or fear; however, you will find love, empowerment, and connection. I wish more people knew about our community for this community that I have the honor to serve gives me hope for humanity.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would start by taking them to the Dallas Arboretum and White Rock Lake. This is one of my favorite areas of Dallas. I rarely go there without stopping for lunch for a great burger at Snuffers on Greenville Ave. I love sitting outside and enjoying their awesome burgers and fries. I would show them all of the great nature that’s surrounding Dallas as well since wildlife photography is a great passion of mine. So we’d be sure to check out: LLELA Nature Preserve, Trinity River Audubon Center, River Legacy Park, Cedar Hill Nature Preserve, and John Sands Wetland Center. I’d make sure we’d eat at my two favorite local spots to eat – Mr Sushi on Beltline Road in Addison and Cris and John’s on Preston Oaks Road. Most people don’t know about these two places but I absolutely love both of them! It wouldn’t be a complete visit without heading to the Bishop Arts District to check out their great shops and have oysters, drinks and dinner at Boulevardier.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am living the life of my dreams and am very successful thanks to finding the Science of Mind. The Science of Mind absolutely transformed my life for GOOD! And now that I’ve studied and practiced it in my daily life for 14 years, my life has moved from Good to Great to Infinite Possibilities! I love serving the community of Center for Spiritual Living Dallas (CSLDallas) – we are a radically inclusive, diverse, “not your usual church” kind of place without dogma, judgement, guilt, or fear. This spiritual community gives me hope for humanity. And finally, I want to give a huge shoutout to my partner in ministry and life, Dr Petra Weldes. I would be where I am without all of her love, support and the fact that she won’t let me play small.