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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Trust

"Your heart has called you to step out on the edge, the thin ground that is actually safer than all you've known before.  Trust your instincts instead of your conditioning.  The edge will bring you to your edge and to the secret dimensions within you.  This alone is worth the journey."      Tama Kieves





It's not always easy to trust ourselves.  Most of us didn't grow up with constant messages about finding our bliss and following it no matter what.  Most of us grew up thinking we needed to care a lot about what others thought of who we are and what we are doing.  We were taught to look over our shoulder and "be careful," to "watch our step."  We were taught about being practical and keeping "our head out of the clouds."  We were taught about being realistic and "playing it safe."  We were taught that we need to "put our nose to the grindstone."  We were taught to work hard, to be determined, to please others, to be polite.

Few of us were taught to take baby steps toward what inspires us, toward what ignites a flame inside us, and to trust ourselves and our love above anything and anyone else.  Few of us were taught that we are powerful beyond measure and that we have a limitless amount of wisdom and strength inside us. 

When we are creating, or even when we are just thinking about creating, those nagging voices of "reason" like to show their critical heads.  They love to ask us who we think we are?  They love to tell us we are unoriginal and that, really, we have nothing new to add to the mix.  They love to come up with lists of more "productive" things we "should" be doing.  Like, folding the laundry, for example, or walking the dog.  We are so used to listening to the "shoulds" our mind likes to throw out, that it can be very difficult to listen to that more subtle voice that tells us to follow the voice of inspiration, to trust that if we feel that spark, even when we have no idea where it is guiding us, all kinds of beautiful doors will open and welcome us through.

I have found, over these last few years of writing, and now painting, that this teetering back and forth and back and forth again, between doubt and trust, stuckness and inspiration, is a pretty constant thing. I have learned that I must always come back to my center and coax myself along, that I must continue to take those baby steps even when I have no view of where I am going.  I have learned that when I nurture myself and follow those voices of inspiration, I have something worth giving to others--not from a place of obligation and sacrifice but from a place of truth and richness and love.

I truly believe that when we follow those nudges of enthusiasm and inspiration, those quiet, whispering voices telling us we can, we are being lead down a path that will guide us back to ourselves and will ultimately show us how to shine our light in this world.  And it will be a light brighter and more magnificent than any our mind could ever "think" up for us.

How do we know we are moving in the direction of spirit?  Because we feel energized, enthusiastic, alive, excited, relieved, joyful, peaceful, free.    It feels like flowing downstream.  It feels like fun and play.  We feel a sense of expansion and empowerment.

We must TRUST that when we feel that sense of expansiveness and empowerment, we are being lead to places more magical than our little minds could ever imagine.  Keep coming back to that place of trust over and over and over again.  Keep flowing downstream.  Keep taking those baby steps.  Keep following that voice of enthusiasm and inspiration.  It won't lead you astray.  Trust.  Trust.  Trust. 

Come on.  Let's go.  Just one more step.

2 comments :

  1. I love this.

    I have found, over these last few years of writing, and now painting, that this teetering back and forth and back and forth again, between doubt and trust, stuckness and inspiration, is a pretty constant thing. I have learned that I must always come back to my center and coax myself along, that I must continue to take those baby steps even when I have no view of where I am going. I have learned that when I nurture myself and follow those voices of inspiration, I have something worth giving to others--not from a place of obligation and sacrifice but from a place of truth and richness and love.

    Couldn't have said it better! Thanks.

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  2. I'll flow downstream with you...

    "Come on. Let's go." :)

    You, my friend, "are powerful beyond measure" and you, sweet Julia, "have a limitless amount of wisdom and strength inside"...

    Here's to YOU and flowing downstream!!!

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