I read something recently that struck me…”It’s not that we fear the unknown. You cannot fear something you do not know. Nobody is afraid of the unknown. What you really fear is the loss of the known. That’s what you fear.”-Anthony De Mello.
Are you clinging to anything? Are you clinging to the familiar, the old, the comfortable? We find a certain safety and satisfaction in the similar and predictable. I think it is normal, ordinary; a habit really to cling to that which we can define with our eyes closed. We are all guilty of this. This is the predicament of our human nature and the resistance to changing that which is inherently limiting and stagnant.
Why do we stay stuck? Why do we stay in place? Why do we cling to mediocrity? And when I say mediocrity, I don’t mean anything about wealth or prestige or power. I mean the mediocrity of denying your Being. The mediocrity of denying your inherent worth as someone who is breathing. I mean the mediocrity of stifling your purpose, your ideals, your visions by the notion that it could never happen, I’m not good enough, smart enough, fill in the blank-enough. Why do we speak louder than the voice we hear inside commanding us to “Move! Do something. Assert your consciousness!” Don’t you see that the simple vow to do, to move, to assert is enough to suffocate the mediocrity and shine light on what is really there? Don’t you see that it is not the final moment, the final goal that defines the purpose but the transformation that is elicited by the doing and the becoming? Don’t you see that the joy and bliss is found in the “not knowing”; taking action for the love of the transformation itself?
It’s not that we have to be famous. It’s not that we have to be known to the outside world or leave our “mark” on something. Those types of qualifications have absolutely nothing to do with this. It’s simply that we have to allow the opportunity to express our unique authenticity and purpose. When we live our purpose, it is impossible NOT to be great, to be known, to leave our most real mark. As long as we try to go out into the day being the person we want to be and open to possibilities and really seek to “do” the things which allow the inherent joy and wonder inside each and every one of us to be seen, we can then start to make decisions and effect changes that are in line with this principle.
What types of things are you avoiding? What types of things seem too far away, too risky, too “never going to happen?” Are you ready to re-evaluate? Or, are you still looking for the things that connect you to your most inner resourcefulness and joy? Are you open to what these things might be? Either way, you are in one place and what calls to you right now is out of reach. What can you do today to start on this trek? What can you do, even the smallest possible notion to action is brilliant, magnificent, and necessary. A beginning is still the most fierce of action, as everything stems from this energy. Give yourself this gift today. Do. One. Small. Thing. You will be astonished at the power that results from the shift in your consciousness.
Eckhart Tolle states “Remember that your perception of the world is a reflection of your state of consciousness. You are not separate from it, and there is no objective world out there. Every moment, your consciousness creates the world that you inhabit. One of the greatest insights that has come out of modern physics is that of the unity between the observer and the observed: the person conducting the experiment –the observing consciousness-cannot be separated from the observed phenomena, and a different way of looking causes the observed phenomena to behave differently.”
What this says to me, is that by doing something small to elicit your purpose, your actual consciousness, how you interpret and view what comes next, will change. Instead of possibly feeling fear by this statement, how about trying on excitement or anticipation? What could be more thrilling than to be a conscious witness to your most magnificent life? What greater motivation, what greater gift, could you possibly give yourself than the gift of your life?