“We do not have a fear of the unknown. What we fear is giving up the known.” Anthony de Mello, Spiritual teacher, writer and speaker
Have you ever wanted to change something in your life but for some reason you didn’t? Have you ever wondered why? In spite of living a more conscious and intentional life it still can happen. I don’t know about you but when it’s happened to me I have tried to rationalize why it wasn’t the right time and I’ve even moved into self-judgment and asked, “Why am I procrastinating?” Then I feel guilty about beating myself up. It happens less now. I realize now that fear can create so much resistance to moving forward even if the change is positive. I’ve asked myself, “Am I really afraid of the unknown or am I afraid of moving out of my comfort zone and what I know?”
Healers may also experience this phenomenon while working with clients. Why? Ultimately the client is in charge of their healing and willingness to accept being healed. I’m not suggesting these choices to change personally or to heal are always conscious. Fear of the unknown or changing what is known can play a part and create deep resistance to changing. Why? I suppose there are a variety of reasons but some include: feeling comfortable with the way things are and how people respond or fearing how people will respond if something changes. Perhaps through an individual’s experience and current situation others are inspired! Why change what’s comfortable?
H.P. Lovecraft, American writer reminds us that, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” There’s something about opening to the unknown that feels like being out of control! How many of you like feeling out of control? I know I don’t! I’ve always thought I welcomed and loved change and I really do! However, I’ve learned I only like it when I’m in charge of it and feel in control! LOL
How many times in your life have you felt excited and experienced wonder and magic when you’ve made changes and opened to the unknown or agreed to let go of what was known and comfortable? Do you remember that time and how you felt then took a deep breath, tightened your belt, and just went for it? How did it feel? Pretty wonderful and amazing, right? Maybe you even did a happy dance when all was done even though it felt scary at the time. Congratulations!! You did it and in most cases experienced positive results! In fact, new opportunities opened, didn’t they? This is a time for new beginnings and exploring possibilities. Are you ready?
Lillian Russell, American actress and singer has said, “We all have a fear of the unknown. What one does with that fear will make all the difference in the world.” Is it time to step forward and let go of the fear? Are you ready to take the next step, create something new, stop rationalizing why it’s not time, move out of your comfort zone, and release self-judgment? I know I am. Remember how amazing you are. Although our journeys of personal growth and awakening are individual and unique we aren’t alone. Call on your support from your seen and unseen friends when you decide to keep going even when it feels uncomfortable! Let your discomfort be filled with joy and excitement. Let your life be different and even more amazing!
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