There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life. ~ John Lennon
Fear can go in the direction of chaos, violence, aggression, or in the direction of sanity.
The only way to experience fearlessness is to know the nature of fear. It’s not something we get rid of or cast out, but something we become so intimate with that the journey of knowing fear is actually the journey towards bravery.
Examples of how we unknowingly connect with fear is blaming others, gossiping and slandering. Sometimes it gets to the point where people go looking for security through stealing, lying and acts of violence. Generally speaking, no one does any of these things because they want to feel worse. They do it because their situation, at the pit of their stomach, is such an uncomfortable experience that they just want to find something to represent security. Others turn to entertainment, drugs, alcohol or divide the world up into our views and opinions.
So, how do we face towards fear, leap into our fear – and smile at our fear?
The main practice is to stay with your fear rather than letting it set off a chain reaction. Fear itself is the entrance to wisdom and courage. Being present is not being open to just the comfortable, secure and pleasurable parts of life; but being open, receptive and available to the uncomfortable parts as well.
Working with fear in the way of appreciating fear is the basis of sanity and the way to connect with the fundamental goodness of ourselves and others. One way to put this practice into play is through a disciplined meditation practice. This is the main key because in meditating, you remain present to whatever might arouse. Briefly touch the feelings then let them go. You don’t repress them that way. This way you turn towards the fear.
Once face to face with it, place your fearful mind in the cradle of loving kindness. In the shade of fear, fan it with the fan of joy and happiness. This atmosphere of warmth allows yourself to be as you are. This makes you very decent, very sane and very open to the world and other people.
These applicable teachings come to us from Pema Chödrön, a notable American figure in Tibetan Buddhism. She is an ordained nun, author and teacher, and is widely known for her charming and down-to-earth interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences. Her mantra: The nature of fear is the basis of fearlessness.
Watch this video and connect with your courage. Ask yourself, “Does my fear go in the direction of confidence, gentleness, courage and tender-hearted bravery?” If not, your fear could use your smile.
Knowing how to cultivate your intuition can help in every aspect of our lives. In his article, “Leap And The Net Will Appear,” Mastin Kipp asks us to listen to “the small and still voice within.”
You are extremely intuitive. Yup, you are.
You are so intuitive you scare yourself at how intuitive you are. So many times in my mentoring sessions my clients tell me they don’t know what their goals are or they don’t know what they should do. But that isn’t really true.
Almost 100% of the time my clients know what their goals are and what they should do, but they are too scared to act on it.
They aren’t seeking out clarity of their own intuition. They are seeking out a different answer, one that is filled with guarantees and an easy path. But as a Seeker, the Path is never easy and there are no guarantees. That is why Seekers rely on Faith.
The Path requires AVID faith in yourself and TRUST that you are being guided from within daily to the exact right space. How many times have you NOT listened to that voice in your head that knows what to do and ended up in the wrong place, or had life get all messy and twisted?
It happens to you in your choices of relationships, jobs, risks, the food you eat and even what path you should take to work today. When you listen to that small and still voice within you, your life will begin to change. The truth is that you are more afraid of change than you are of dying. So instead of asking for clarity of intuition, you ask for different instruction from your intuition.
Your intuition in The Uni-verse (which is INFINITE, HUGE, CONNECTED to everything and WAAAAY smarter than you are) is talking to you. If you want to live a creatively free life, if you want love, prosperity and joy – let your intuition guide you, no matter HOW crazy it might sound; there is always a reason for why you are being guided today. You might not find out the reason for years, but there is a purpose and a reason and your job is to show up and trust.
So, what crazy thing is your intuition guiding you to do today? Wanna go for a ride and trust it? Yes, I believe you do! Jump – the net WILL appear!
Mastin Kipp is the creator of the The Daily Love The site blends wisdom with style and delivers a daily email and Twitter messages for a fast paced lifestyle.
Reprinted with permission by the author.