“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men & women! Do no pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks.” Phillips Brooks
Consider this: When you are a creative individual – someone who is full of ideas, full of energy, full of light – someone who is here to help others and express ideas through a variety of avenues–you will deal with fear, anxiety and worry.
And, these emotions will crop-up each time you decide to make a change, grow, and evolve – so getting used to that fact now will relieve a lot of the stress, right?
Well, one would hope this were true, but it’s not so easy accepting the emotions that don’t feel natural, but are totally natural.
When fear, worry and anxiety have a grip on you – the natural tendency is to want to swat these emotions away as you would a bug flying in your face. You want them gone, pronto.
Yet, if you know that it’s natural and totally normal to feel these feelings more often than not, would you give yourself a break and learn to accept them, almost even welcome them as an anticipated guest in your home?
When attending a spiritual retreat once, I heard someone mention that they judged themselves for feeling emotions such as worry, anxiety, anger, resentment, jealousy and envy – all emotions that didn’t feel so “spiritual” and “pure”. And they were making themselves wrong for feeling them – as if they were reverting back to their old ways and failing at this whole “spiritual thing”.
Yet, feeling emotions is purifying. Have you ever heard the term: “You need to feel to heal?”
Consider this famous Rumi quote to help drive the point home: “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
It’s true. Emotions, “old stuff”- must come-up to get out of you. You need to feel it to release it. Going through it may not be comfortable but coming through the other side of it is truly liberating.
To help you take this point even further, check-out the Worthy Work below for some additional insights.
The reason that emotions such as anxiety and worry crop-up, is because of fear – Fear of loss, fear of the unknown, even – a fear that you won’t be able to protect yourself from danger.
However, consider that this attitude of protecting yourself from danger is an old attitude from long ago that is still programmed into your consciousness. It has an overwhelming responsibility attached to it – almost as if we were living in cavemen/cavewomen times where we needed to fight for our lives and do everything just to survive.
But we aren’t in those times anymore – we’ve outgrown them.
Sure, you need to still be aware of your surroundings and use your instincts often. However, you have shelter, you have food, you have safety – but sometimes those old fears can continue to convince you that you may lose them- and that it’s up to you to not allow that to happen.
This attitude of mere survival is Faith in reverse. This is relying purely on your ego – and this thinking will not evolve you – or our planet.
The Truth is: we are in a very exciting time, even though it doesn’t feel that way. Our world is evolving – and it needs you to help get us there. This is why you may feel anxious, worried and fearful – because you’re hearing a call from within that you may not recognize – or know what to do with!
My advice? Heed the call. Have the courage to listen to what your heart is urging you to ‘do’ and BE. Yet, at the same time know that – it’s not up to “you” to know how you get there, or how it gets done, or having an A-Z plan. You have a much more powerful source on your side who will guide you – it’s learning to trust this inner guide that’s the KEY.
So, the next time you feel fear, anxiety and worry and feel as if you’re completely responsible
Aug 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm
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