The Divine Openings Team and Organization
A Peek Behind the Scenes
On our website, you probably only notice the leading-edge teachings, Lola's energy, the courses -- and most of all, how it changes your life. But what's behind all that? What keeps it running?
Behind the scenes at Divine Openings headquarters
The website makes the organization seem gigantic, but it's really only a small, efficient, lean organization that keeps it all running and serving you 24/7. Lola and thirteen various contractors do all of the work, and 25+ paid services provide the technology and behind-the-scenes resources required to power and maintain it.
While so many went out of business in the U.S. due to coronavirus, Divine Openings continued to be here for you, and we plan to be here for the long run.
When the pandemic eliminated all retreat income, it cut our revenue almost in half. We've used that contrast to stimulate our evolution -- we've innovated many new online events, and they've turned out to be quite popular and successful. We've not had to lay anyone off or drop any of our services. We did budget smarter, and are allowing more people to volunteer.
In fact, Lola upped her commitment to give you more fresh, new material than ever before.
We are here for you!
A few ask, "why isn't Divine Openings free?"
Those of you who've run an organization know it requires money just to keep the doors open. When people complain that Divine Openings should be free, we jokingly offer, "Come work for us, for free of course, and show us how to do it all free!"
It costs over $15,000 a month simply to pay the expenses to keep Divine Openings in operation:
- Payroll, payroll taxes, contractors. $9000/month
- U.S., State, and German taxes, $4000/month.
- Web hosting, webmaster, security updates, and maintenance for the site, $700 - 2500/month.
- Newsletter service, Zoom, and 25 other software and services, $1050/month.
- Credit card processor charges, $500 to $1600/month.
- 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!)
- Our radiant new website, launched in January 2020, cost $83,000 to build + $20,000 in contractor wages. Lola saved up for three years and paid cash for it. Lola, the team, and seven German volunteers spent 2019 lovingly building this website. We'll continue to add to and update it almost daily to keep up with the leading edge of incoming energies.
We can serve so many thousands of you at such low tuitions because we work smart, don't waste time, money, or effort, and we all multi-task. Grace eases and compounds our work.
Lola never had big ambitions to amass a fortune, and she definitely did not want a big organization. She had no desire to travel constantly, although that would have been more lucrative. We are comfortable, happy, and appreciative of our modest income. Lola (67 years old in 2021) was semi-retired before coronavirus losses required her to work much more to make up for retreats not happening. The expansion has been so exhilarating, she may not return to semi-retirement.
Lola's calling has always been 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 her committed students, always giving more than they expect. Many of them purchased all of the courses years ago, and she still supports them and keeps up with their progress. Now all the courses are twenty times bigger and better and offer more interaction with Lola, but there's never an extra charge for the massive course upgrades.
Lola doesn't feel called to take on the responsibility 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.
We are blessed to be supported by you, and brimming with possibility for even more expansive times ahead for all of us.
You may wish to express extra appreciation to Divine Openings.
Money is a physical form of appreciation for those who have helped you. When we pay our bills, we radiate appreciation to the person or company who provided the service.
As a prosperity practice, or out of pure generosity and appreciation, many people tithe regularly to the source of their spiritual growth, whether it's a church, a foundation, or a teacher.
Appreciation compounds all good things. It's why they say your investments "appreciate" when they 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 to:
- Lola Jones. 2368 Palo Danzante Alpine, CA 91901
- Or send by 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 something like, "Expressing my appreciation!"
- Or send it on Wise.com to info@DivineOpenings.com. Include a note saying what it's for.
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 whole team absolutely loves improving the site and can fix minor things. If we can't fix it, one top-tier webmaster is on call at $170 per hour. (Some say their nephew can do it for $10 an hour -- but this site is way out of that league. It requires a 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 the Divine Opening and come back to it two weeks later, or whenever you can allow more acceleration. You never want to increase acceleration if you haven't released resistance to the last acceleration yet!
We give a free online course to top-notch professional copywriters, translators, social media and SEO experts who wish to volunteer for short stints. They love doing it because the immersion in the material expands them!
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 elves (smile.) Nope, it takes a whole team of smart, caring, talented people, and 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