Leap And The Net Will Appear
“And suddenly you just know…it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”
– Meister Eckhart
It’s been several weeks since launching Happiness Lifestyle and with it, my first blog Face Everything and Rise, where I wrote candidly about my personal journey with fear.
Since then, I received a bunch of emails expressing unbelievable support and asking me to pretty please share more of what inspired me to go for it.
In my process of saying good bye to my sweet friend, comfort zone and a certain way of how things are, I opened myself up to new possibilities.
I needed to come from within and it’s from that inner strength that I’m now finally able to take some quantum leaps and share so openly with you.
Excited, anxious, happy…maybe even a LITTLE scared…those feelings drove me toward the starting line of something fresh.
There comes a time when we want something more, and there comes a time when we need something more.
It can build up slowly, or catch you by surprise.
Either way, you know it’s time to skip to the next scene, press play, and let the magic of the unknown excite you.
I felt my life would be so much easier if I didn’t take that leap, just play it safe. Even after launching, I’ve had some deep internal struggles with being seen, being the introverted and very private person that I am.
I have many fears, many self limiting beliefs that can so easily hold me back if I allow them to, but my knowing that we need to be more aware is not going to do a thing about helping effect change unless I do what I’m here to do with an open gentle heart.
And that’s when clarity came.
Everything happens when we’re ready for it to happen…
…allowing it to unfold without the need to chase.
So, in honour of taking that leap and finally allowing it to all unfold, I am sharing an excerpt from Danaan Parry’s Warriors of the Heart, in the hope that it will inspire those of you who are facing great change.
It helped me break through my glass ceiling.
We all have them. Things that hold us back, the reasons why we can’t or won’t do, the fears surrounding our dreams and hopes and what keeps us in that stagnant place.
“Sometimes, I feel that my life is a series of trapeze swings. I’m either hanging on to a trapeze bar swinging along or, for a few moments, I’m hurdling across space between the bars.”
Mostly, I spend my time hanging on for dear life to the trapeze bar of the moment.
It carries me along a certain steady rate of swing and I have the feeling that I’m in control.
I know most of the right questions, and even some of the right answers. But once in a while, as I’m merrily, or not so merrily, swinging along, I look ahead of me into the distance, and what do I see?
I see another trapeze bar looking at me. It’s empty. And I know, in my place within me that knows, that this new bar has my name on it.
It is my next step, my personal growth and development, my ALIVENESS coming to get me – calling out to me to jump.
Can you relate?
In my heart of hearts I know that in order for me to grow, I must release my grip on the present well-known and well-loved bar and move to the next one. Each time this happens, I hope that I won’t have to grab the next one.
I am okay right where I am, leave me alone!
But in my knowing place, I know I must totally release my grasp of my old friend comfort zone and that at some point in time I must hurtle through space before I can grab the new bar.
Each time I do this I am filled with terror. But I do it anyway. Because I must. Because I know that this is what life is about.
Faith – no guarantees, no net, no insurance, but we do it anyway because hanging on to that old bar is no longer an option.
And so, for what seems like eternity but only lasts a few seconds, I soar across the dark void called, “the past is over, the future is not yet here” and straight into THE POWER OF NOW. It’s called a transition and I have come to believe that it is the only place that real change occurs.
I have a sneaking suspicion that the transition zone is the most alive point in our whole lives, and the bars are the illusions we dream up to avoid the unknown.
Yes, with all the fear that can accompany transitions, they are still the most vibrant, growth-filled, passionate moments in our lives.
And so transformation of fear may have nothing to do with making fear go away, but rather with giving ourselves permission to “hang out” in the transition zone – between the trapeze bars – allowing ourselves to dwell in the only place where real change happens.
It can be terrifying.
It can also be enlightening.
“Hurdling through the void, we just may learn to fly.”
I wonder if, like me, there’s a little truth inside you begging to be told.
Or whispered into the ear of someone who adores you. Or scribbled into a journal with shaky hands. Or washed away with the shower water. Or revealed in front of the mirror.
That type of honesty – the truth that steps out from your reflection – is particularly poignant and challenging and gorgeous and will help you take some quantum leaps of your own.
So many of us want to make change in our lives and do greater things, but are being held back.
Sometimes, we just need someone to give us a gentle push or an encouraging word to just go for it and do it! Maybe for you it’s a relationship, a job, your location, your diet.
So from one friend to another, I want to lovingly tell you that:
you need to cut off your rope right now!
Take the first step even if it seems small. If I can let go of things that hold me back, I know you can too – whatever it is in your life.
Let’s be more fearless together my loves.