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Thursday, September 8, 2011

DANGEROUS TIMES OR TRANSFORMATION

It’s a dangerous time, not because of the economy, or because the world is supposed to end in 2012, it’s dangerous because your comfort zone is crumbling, leaving you feeling vulnerable and exposed. Yes, the safety of your illusions that have protected your fear: denial, rationalization, and sacrifice are being revealed as the imposters that they are. The ugly face you see is the face of truth. It appears ugly at first because you’ve judged it as such, and why not, how dare it make you aware of your imperfections, weaknesses, and fears! To cope with life as a child, you ignored truth and choose the warm embrace of fantasy, but it’s a dangerous choice as an adult, because without a strong dose of reality your story won’t have a happy ending. Illusions don’t die easily, they put up a fight and with that fight comes anger. You’re angry that life was not perfect, that it didn’t protect you, love you or provide you with your dreams. Don’t stay stuck in your anger, move through it, give it a voice, and then realize that within you is everything you need to create the life you always wanted. It’s not going to be handed to you—that’s suppose to be part of the fun. You’ve got to find the right path, put in the effort, and not be afraid of the false people and rejections you will meet along the way – they don’t define you – you do. The key is to do what you love, then you’ll enjoy the whole journey and not save your satisfaction for just the prize at the end -- life is the prize.

What needs to happen to change danger into transformation is a little bit of magic – you’ve got to accept and let go all at the same time. If you can accept the letting go happens on its own. Accept your worst experience and most dreaded emotions, they are the source of your greatest strength. When you have suffered and learned, you become wise. Besides, the shadow is what you stand on when you reach for the light. Muhammad Ali learned how to use his shadow. "Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even." So listen to Ali and own all that you are, no more judgments or discrimination; let the past go and move into the now, the only place where life is really happening.

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