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Aug082010

Stepping Off The Precipice Leap of Faith

I couldn’t decide what to call this posting. When we are ready to take that giant step into a new venture, it is pretty scary. Do you remember the Indiana Jones movie where he has to walk from one side of a chasm to the other, clearly seeing the path up to the edge then nothing? That is what that leap of faith looks like.

At times we have prayed for something to change in our life and when it comes, we are too afraid to accept what places outside of our comfort zone.

When we are children we have dreams of flying or leaping over large distances. We felt a freedom that is hard to experience in our everyday life. That is why many people take up flying or skydiving. It gives you the experience of the flight in a way we only dreamed of.

But there is a lot to say about the safety of the earth. We become afraid of the fall so we become more cautious. We take each step more carefully instead of the surefootedness we have as a child.

What makes us afraid of something new? What would happen if we fell flat on our face? Is it because of the fact that we get farther from the ground? And is that a metaphor that we no longer trust the earth around us?

Lots of questions, but few answers. When I moved from Portland, Oregon to Kona, Hawaii, it scared some people. I had to step out on that precipice and take off without ground beneath me. Hawaii is a big move because you can only ship so many things and you have to let go of a lot. I shipped two small crates of only my prize possessions and have since let go of most of those. People who were afraid of their own power saw me take the leap and it made them think.

We posses, we gather things around us for security. That includes our thought forms and habits. When we ask for change that universe offers us many possibilities and then challenges and asks “are you sure?”. We hold on to familiarity even though it is uncomfortable and usually dysfunctional. We stay in relationships and begin to resent the fact that they are holding us back. We may still be in love but it may be holding us back from our true path. There is something lacking in our lives and we feel that emptiness. Those relationships may be our job, our friends, living space or even habits including things like being critical of others because of the shadow within us.

What step are you asking for or is the universe asking of you? Are you willing to remember how to fly? Are you willing to step off the precipice and look at the world as a lot of possibilities instead of the narrow window we have been looking out of?

Relationships don’t need to be thrown away, but the way we look at them may need to change. If it feels like you are chained to someone or something and not move out, why do you keep those self imposed chains that keep you bound?

Open your horizons. Look up to the sky. Stand at the edge and step off. Who knows where it will lead but if you don’t take the step, you won’t ever know.

One of my favorite quotes is by Marianne Williamson:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

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