"Where you now stand is a result of thoughts and feelings that you have offered before, but where you are going is a result of your perspective of where you now stand." 
~Esther Hicks
Sunday, 15 May 2016 14:30

What cave do you fear entering?

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After a tough month in April, May started off amazingly for me. I experienced different levels of resistance last month, which I allowed myself to face and work through in order to have the breakthrough I needed.

Even though I teach about the power of transformation and creating your dream life, it’s important to remember that this thing we chase called success is never about the destination, but rather the journey. As we go through life there will always be another to reach and more inner work to do in order to reach a new level of consciousness and growth.

And so April was definitely my growing pain month, and this month of May I’m seeing the other side of it. It reminds me of Joseph Campbell’s quote “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” Now this quote deserves a whole blog post all by itself, as there are many profound lessons to be found in this short and simple quote. But for now, I’ll share these important takeaways from it.

The first thing I want to address is the fact that at some point in your journey, in order to breakthrough to the next level, you must come face to face with fear (note - fear not danger). The fear that’s held you back and you thought there’s no way you could possibly survive and get through.

It could be the fear of setting boundaries for your family, or jumping into your passion head on, or maybe it’s leaving a relationship (romantic or friendship) that no longer serves you. It doesn’t not matter what the fear is, in order to get the breakthrough you want, you must face it. The reward for doing this is the realization that you had nothing to fear but fear itself. By having the courage to step up and face your fears, you become the person you need to be in order to realize your dreams.

Life can be messy, and that’s ok. Nobody’s perfect and has it all figured out.  This is part of having a human experience. The human experience is not about perfection, but progress. You’ll be challenged and pushed to your limit. However, it’s how you react in the face of your challenges that count.

Consider the darkness you face is preparing you for something greater, and better. You may be in a middle of a storm right now and in pain. Can you consider the pain as a teaching opportunity to build your faith muscle even stronger than they are now? If you think back at past challenging experiences, you’ll see opportunities that rose from them. Those opportunities were outside of your awareness at the time, but you can clearly see now.

This is what your challenges can do for you. It can foster your growth and transformation. So next time you find yourself experiencing something you wish to change, ask yourself,  ‘What good can come from this? What is this experience trying to teach me?” And be open to receiving an answer.

Then use the contrast of the experience and focus on what you want to have and be and hold the vision. This is the path to help you move through the storms of life, and have the courage to enter the cave you fear.

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