The Divine Openings Team and Organization
A Peek Behind the Scenes
Behind the scenes at Divine Openings headquarters
On the website you only notice the leading-edge teachings, the courses, videos and audios that change your life. Maybe you interact with our caring admins at times.
But behind the scenes there's a modest-sized organization of about 13 people and 25 services that keep Divine Openings running and serving you.
Lola, the team, and seven German volunteers worked for most of 2019 lovingly building our radiant new website. In January 2020 we were delighted to present it to you and to our international audience spanning 150 countries. This $100,000 state-of-the-art website is still never "finished" -- we'll continue to add to and update it almost daily to keep up with the leading edge of incoming energies. Even if we'd known Covid was coming, we'd have invested in this new site -- we'd planned and budgeted for it for three years.
While so many are going out of business in the U.S. due to coronavirus, it's safe to invest in yourself here. Divine Openings and this website will be here for you 24/7 as always. We could pay our people and costs for some period of time regardless of "the economy."
a) Lola has been debt-free since 2008, and has always budgeted and managed wisely, saved, and invested.
b) Lola is in the flow, and was guided 15 years ago to build a comprehensive extensive online curriculum -- we were ahead of that curve.
c) And we allow Grace to do its 90%.
A few ask, "why isn't Divine Openings free?"
Those of you who've run a business know what it costs to pay employees and overhead.
For those who've never run an organization:
It costs over $15,000 a month simply to pay the expenses to break even and keep the Divine Openings running:
Employee payroll, payroll taxes, contractors, U.S. and German tax accountants, $9000/month.
Webmaster, hosting, security, and maintenance for the site, $850/month.
Newsletter service, Zoom, and 25 other softwares and services, $1050/month.
Credit card processor charges, $500 to $1600/month.
U.S. Federal and state taxes, and German VAT.
Those are the regular expenses. In addition, in just one recent month there was $985 to renew our trademark for three more years, and $3460 to replace Lola's 8-year-old laptop (what a miracle that it lasted 8 years -- she had worn the letters off some of the keys!)
We are pleased that we can serve so many thousands of you at such low tuitions, due to our people being smart and efficient. There is no waste in our organization.
Let's clear up any misperception that we are mega-rich -- we are not. Lola never had any ambitions to amass a fortune, and definitely did not want a big organization. She never wanted to travel constantly, although that would have been more lucrative. Lola is now semi-retired (she was 66 in 2020) and enjoys life and work in balance. We are comfortable and happy, and appreciative of our modest abundance.
Lola's calling is to live a quiet, simple life, and to help people who sincerely commit to lighting up their lives, thus the world. She does that well, and is extremely generous with these committed people. Many of them purchased their courses years ago, and now all those courses are fifty times bigger and better, with never an extra charge to them.
Lola is not called to do the massive extra work, responsibility, and expense of running an additional, charitable organization. If you are called to fully fund, register, staff, and run a Divine Openings non-profit teaching charity, please contact us.
When income drops steeply, as it did from the pandemic (due to no retreats) we still pay all the expenses, payroll, and bills to keep the website online for you. We made a promise to you to be here.
Fortunately, we were solid coming into the pandemic. We can handle just breaking even, and could even bear some short-term losses. Fortunately we've had no losses so far, and have not had to lay a single person off.
We are full of possibility that all is well, and this too shall pass.
You may wish to express additional appreciation to Divine Openings.
Money is a physical form of appreciation for those who have helped you.
As a prosperity practice, or out of pure generosity and appreciation, many people tithe regularly to the source of their spiritual growth. Appreciation compounds all good things. It's why they say your investments "appreciate," or grow.
If you wish to express additional appreciation to Divine Openings, or for the extra value you've been given, or just to support our work in the world, you may send a gift using Paypal (you don't need a Paypal account to do this.)
Go to Paypal, click Send Money. Send any amount to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put a note on it saying, "Expressing my Appreciation!"
For each $10,000 of such appreciation that is gifted to Divine Openings, we'll give a $1950 California retreat tuition scholarship to one person who's been committed to this path for a while.
It's your website, let us know if there are issues
Please let us know if something is wrong, unclear, or isn't working!
We love it.
We appreciate it.
We don't think you're complaining.
Email info@DivineOpenings.com asap! Always give us the URL you were on (in the browser bar, like www.divineopenings.com/books), what you were trying to do, what you clicked, and what happened. A screen shot helps. ("I can't get this to work," doesn't tell us enough.)
ALL websites break. We don't have a giant techie army like big corporations do. Our team absolutely loves working on the site and can fix many things. If we can't fix it, one top-tier webmaster is on call at $150 per hour. (We know, your nephew can do it for $10 an hour -- nope, this site is way out of that league. We'll keep our top-notch guy ; )
We appreciate it when you point out a typo, or info that's out of date.
Because this website has 180,000 pages (no, that's not a typo, 180,000 pages) without your help we might never find all the places that still say to wait only one week between Divine Openings.
The current wait between Divine Openings is 2 or more weeks, because the energy is so much bigger now, and it takes longer to assimilate. Just read on past them till two weeks has passed, or until you feel ready to allow more acceleration, not resist it.
We give a free online course to professional editors who feel like helping for short stints.
We hope this little peek behind the scenes helps you appreciate how we maintain a giant website with a lean, efficient organization -- while keeping course tuitions low.
Business owners know what it takes, but others might assume spiritual organizations are run by fairies (smile.) Nope, it takes a whole team of 12 - 13 smart, caring, talented people, and 25 vital professional and technical services you can't see, to keep it going 24/7.
We demonstrate that you can live successfully in both the physical world and the Non-Physical world.
This website does have its magic, beyond physical or technical.
You've probably felt it.
Here's to your spiritual mastery and eternal evolution,
The Divine Openings Team