Monday, February 14, 2011

Fear: That Hard Pill to Swallow (or gag on)

Drink up... and suddenly you're ordering the "Big Gulp"! 

It’s been quite a long time since I’ve posted here at Lady Guru. Some of you may be aware that we have been working on our move to Costa Rica. Well, we are finally here! Naturally, this experience has been all consuming and so it goes: there are times for  “living it” and times for “writing about it”.

For me, this big leap we took moving to Costa Rica, has surely reset the bar on living through the fear! I know, I know - I’ve written about this topic before, but it is worthy of deeper investigation. Once again I say, courage is not about fearlessness, it’s about going into what scares you and living through it. This is truly a practice to be cultivated - to remain grounded and conscious while the Tazmanian devil of illusion, Maya, is trying to suck you into it’s whirling vortex of anxiety. We ALL have things that scare us, it’s just a matter of degrees. Some people are more aware of what those things are than others. It may be as obvious as a fear of flying, snakes or heights or as obscure as a fear of intimacy, abandonment or loosing control. Either way, it’s not an easy pill to swallow – stepping willingly into our vulnerability, looking those things in the face and accepting them for what they are – but, when we do, it is THEN we can grow in all directions towards inner acceptance, compassion, patience, forgiveness… peace. All these things are wrapped up, hidden behind the veil, just waiting to be exposed, but the only true way there is to dive in - tear through the fabric that weaves the barrier between us and the light that holds all these things. In essence, we already ARE these things and we ARE the light. It is simply the fear that keeps us from remembering.

Sat nam!

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