We enjoyed a beautiful mountain biking trail two days ago that started at Bell and Courthouse Rock, as we were entering the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces. And for me that was a gateway to really embracing and honoring the power of fear and what it has to teach me. Perfect for Pisces being about the unconscious so working through fears would be highlighted.
I’ve danced with fear many times and will continue to with new experiences, as fear is simply an energy like all other emotions, feelings, and states of being that moves through us.
The beauty is that we can see fear, or any other feeling, as our friend rather than the enemy. We can see fear as a gateway to something on the other side that we might choose to experience.
For me that is freedom, since when we get stuck in fear rather than allowing it to flow, we can become inhibited. So, when I embrace fear and let it move through me, I am then experiencing freedom.
But to some the other side of the gateway may be courage, confidence, independence…etc. To me they all fit under an umbrella of freedom.
Both being of value and equal since they are parts of the whole.
Fear has the ability of helping us to become very present and within the moment. It helps us to sense all that is within us and around us so that we can then harness the energy and transmute it into what we then want to experience next.
I don’t judge fear, just as I don’t judge ego, or any other emotion some may label as good or bad. They just are.
They all have a purpose and a power otherwise they wouldn’t be available to us to experience.
Sure we can choose which we want to feel, but at some point we learn that we can oscillate between experiences naturally and know that we are always safe once we understand our processes and learn to utilize the power of each element to create a desired outcome.
If one chooses to experience fear there is a purpose and that is perfect. It is when we get stuck that we know we’re not allowing the energy to flow, but attaching to it and creating an unnatural process from something that was natural to begin with.
If you choose to experience courage, that too is perfect though…and so is the spectrum of feelings in between.
We are humans that have the ability to experience a limitless array of feelings, which is part of the beauty and gift available to us.
All That Is doesn’t judge these things, but they are all available as a way to know ourselves, to feel all that is possible like sampling things at a buffet table, and to realize there is wholeness within every experience and energy that moves through us at any given moment.
I came up upon fear again with the mountain biking, just as I have with skiing, since it is new and challenging for me. I have only biked on flat, easy trails, but we found ourselves on a much more advanced trail, which I didn’t know when going into it, and so this provided me the opportunity to put to practice the things I’ve learned about my process with fear.
That is the beauty of having fear as an experience, as we are then able to call up what we learned and then utilize this to support the natural flow.
I noticed that some people expecting the easy trail, turned back, but I decided to keep on going.
What I learned about fear is that it is often times associated with being overwhelmed by too much stimuli around me that then creates an inner ego dialogue trying to address all of it at once.
For me, I have found that retracting my energy and going within myself is what helps to make things more manageable. I shift my focus from bigger picture and all that is around me, to sensing what is just within me and directly in front of me only…taking things one step at a time in my own pace and gently talking myself through it all and staying very present within my body without any other thoughts and focus except the moment.
In this way I am aware and fully embodied and engaged. And when I return to full embodiment I am then able to slowly become one with the experience and soon my parts are moving together rather than separately and the experience becomes fun and one that I learn is within my grasp to enjoy the way I desire to.
This turned steep and rocky trails into either a fun experience of flowing over them like water or climbing up them like a steadfast goat.
I also engaged the gifts I have, which included surrounding myself with Reiki and infusing myself with Reiki for strength, asking for help from the energies and spirit guides around me, and harnessing the vortex energy of the Earth available.
And when doing so a white butterfly appeared and danced around my front tire for a few minutes, riding with me.
I have learned my process and know I can use this with anything now. I have learned that it often times includes a loving, gentle dialogue with my inner child to walk her through things, hold her hand, and explain the process so that she is safe and understands.
I talk supportively to myself and don’t judge what I’m feeling. I then also acknowledge and praise myself for each step I take. And I listen when I’ve pushed myself to a limit, taking a moment to breathe, step back, and honor what has come up. That could include stopping altogether if that felt right, not worrying about what others around me are doing, and could be getting off my bike if I needed to in that moment.
It’s not about pushing, but guiding myself through it with loving support.
I believe a lot of fear has to do with our not nurturing the inner child and letting our thoughts run amuck all over her or him. But fear can make us present to ourselves and what we need, which may just be acknowledging that child and bringing her or him with us along the journey.
And then they feel safe to have fun when they realize you’ve discovered fear’s door to yourself once again.
Yes, fear can be your partner, as it simply wants to move through you rather than get bottled up inside as a blockage to your wholeness.
There is a power in all energies and a beauty for their existence, which is why All That Is dances with each of them as an expression of loving itself.
At now only five days remaining of online time for me, after today, before I jump offline and off-grid, on to my personal sabbatical beginning September 1st, I’m guided to share things that support others in following their hearts, manifesting their dreams, and experiencing their own version of ecstatic living.
I’ve shared a post from Preston Smiles before – Paralysis of Analysis – and today this one found its way to me and felt perfectly aligned to the messages I’ve been sharing about how to create the life you love and your heart’s joy, now.
It also mirrors exactly what I am doing in my own life and how I’ve created this three month sabbatical I’m taking, how I live the life I love, as well as how I’ve created the upcoming adventure I’m heading out on shortly – changing my life 180 degrees.
Preston has a lot of great, short, inspiring video shares you may find inspiring.
Today’s is about creating your dreams by “being” and doing things you’ve never done from the vulnerable and courageous place of the unknown.
I didn’t know how my dream was going to happen, or how the details would come together to make it so (much like everything else in my life)….I just knew it would and was willing to trust in the unknown, while experiencing the magick unfold every step of the way that I had the courage to keep moving toward and believing in.
Here’s Preston Smiles bringing it home once again:
Making physical changes and actually taking steps as if you already are what you desire to create, supports the inner changes you want to have in your life.
It also helps reprogram the inner dialogue and emotional patterning that have you running in circles, helping to provide support and assurance of your belief in yourself.
Embodying and actualizing tells the Universe you ARE ready to have what you desire and in turn you’ll then receive the support because you’re in alignment.
And while you take the steps, have an honest and vulnerable visit with those voices and feelings, to uncover their message so you can merge your emotional and physical body to be on the same present page of trust.
This post from my dear friend Laura Bruno shares some interesting and insightful comments on how you can choose to maneuver through chaotic and challenging times, as well as “potential” dangers. I happen to agree with all of Laura’s comments, and have experienced exactly the same, so for me, they hold true and is how I can confidently say that it IS possible to be invisible and thrive amidst anything. I also happen to have absolutely no fear of death, given my own experiences, so this lends to a feeling of constant peace and harmony within, which I do feel also supports courage and trust in divine unfolding. I hope you enjoy reading the commentary exchange and I’ll be back at blogging tomorrow after I get back to things here upon arriving home. Shine on!!
Zen Gardner posted an article called, “When Chaos Hits: Blending In With Your Surroundings is a Must.” That post has generated some interesting discussion ranging from “just lie low and blend in” to “you can’t hide” to “Better to burn out brightly, sharing one’s light with all one might reach. than fade away deservedly.” I thought I’d share the portion of the conversation that I participated in, and you can read the rest of the comments by clicking here.
by NFR2014 on February 24
Blend in? Isn’t that what 90% of the world has already been doing their whole lives? Modern Orwellian society IS a blender. It blends. And that’s what most of the herd has been raised to do. Blend.
Now is the time to Stand. Stand Up. Stand out. Stand in…..but NOT stand down. The coward “survives”. Those living with actual purpose THRIVE and inspire…
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I find that one of the biggest hurdles right now that many are having to face is that of courage in the face of fear – finding that our hearts are stronger than the voices in our heads and the conditioning of our experiences and “pasts.” It’s not that fears completely dissipate, but we learn to process them differently, put them into perspective, understand them and in essence, master them. In doing so they no longer control us, rather, we become empowered and decide for ourselves what we want to experience. This is the time to put all fears aside and to step into our authentic power so that we may share our gifts in passionate and compassionate service to others. Many are embracing this at this time and can be examples and guiding lights in the process. Fears are the manifestations of the hindrances we are experiencing in varying and seemingly arbitrary forms. I know it is challenging, but I am right there with you on this journey. This is your time and the energy of the now is supporting your integration into “being.”
One of my favorite animated movies, The Secret of Nimh, amongst many of its very potent messages, shares this “courage of the heart” beautifully in this scene where Mrs. Brisby is about to lose her children as their house collapses in the mud:
“Courage of the heart is very rare…the stone has a power when its there.”
Here are some more inspiring quotes on courage in the face of fear:
“It’s OK to have butterflies in your stomach. Just get them to fly in formation.” Helen Keller
“I never take counsel of my fears.” General George Patton
“The key to change…is to let go of fear.” Rosanne Cash
“Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death.” Harold Wilson
“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” Sven Goran Eriksson
“If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.” Win Borden
“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” John Maxwell
“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin to Pooh.” A. A. Milne
“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” William Shedd
“Stand facing the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” from a school blackboard in Whitby
“I always knew that one day I would take this road but yesterday I did not know today would be the day.” Nagarjuna
“He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise.” Oscar Wilde
“Confront the dark parts of yourself and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.” August Wilson
“What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” Mark Twain
“Arise, awake and don’t stop until the goal is achieved.” Swami Vivekananda
“People do not lack strength; they lack will.” Victor Hugo
“He who moves not forward, goes backward.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“By perseverance the snail reached the Ark.” Charles Spurgeon