Do you know what stops you from living your bliss and shining out into the world, like you were born to?
For many of us it’s fear. Fear of getting it wrong and venturing into the darkness of the unknown. So we turn away from our hopes and dreams and settle for something that we do know. Unconsciously, we begin to act out of that unsettled feeling, because we know there is more to life. I have discovered in my own recovery, where there is great fear, there is great potential.
All life, all color, all of creation was born from the darkness. Just like a wishing well. We look down, it’s dark, we can't see the bottom, but we know the source of all life, water, is springing from the dark ground. So what do we do? We pull out a coin, make a wish, throw it down and walk away. We leave our dreams and wishes at the bottom of the darkness and get on with our lives.
David Whyte’ poem relays this idea beautifully.
The Well of Grief
Those who will not slip beneath
the still surface on the well of grief
turning down to its black water
to the place that we can not breath
will never know
the source from which we drink
the secret water cold and clear
nor find in the darkness
the small gold coins
thrown by those who wished for something else.
- David Whyte
What are your gold coins/treasures?
What dreams and desires do they symbolize? What coins have you thrown away because it's too uncomfortable to venture into the unknown territory of your heart and soul?
When it gets too uncomfortable NOT to venture into the unknown then you know you are making progress! The funny thing that I have discovered is that the closer I get to my fears the less control they have over me. Like the fear of writing a blog! When I bring them in close and go towards them I usually discover that I AM BIGGER than the fear. I have no doubt that you are much bigger than any fear that is holding you back from uncovering and discovering your own MAGNIFICENCE!
"Do one thing everyday that scares you." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Go on! Try it, this is mine for today.........