30 Apr Acknowledging Fear & Welcoming The Unknown
What is your relationship with fear?
We have a tendency to fear the unknown, to resist changes that threaten what we are used to, to return to what we know. We gravitate towards familiarity, even when deep in our hearts we have the urge to move away, to take a different path, to start a new journey. We are all knowing. Yet listening to and honoring our inner wisdom takes courage. It requires that we take a leap of faith.
Experiences, especially those involving pain and loss, challenge us to make internal shifts and create a new reality. They force us to adapt in order to make space in our minds and our hearts for the changes that have taken place. There are no shortcuts for healing, it is a process that takes time and patience. There are tools, however, that can make this process much more bearable.
Awareness, open-mindedness, and willingness to reevaluate your mental constructs are essential tools. Painful experiences might not be your fault, but they may very well be exactly what your soul needs to grow and to advance into a higher level of consciousness. This, however, cannot take place unless you put in the necessary work and master the lessons they were meant to teach you.
Going back to old patterns due to fear of the unknown limits your growth. Look at these experiences as opportunities for growth and self optimization. You cannot control what happens to you, but you have the power to decide how you cope and what you gain.
In hindsight, life always seems full of near misses. Every loss leaves a hole in your heart. Every goodbye becomes a turning point. Every painful experience becomes your biggest teacher.