From Fear to Flourishing - Part 3
I grew up struggling with anxiety and depression. I looked at the world around me... the human catastrophes: public shootings, wars, sex trafficking, drugs, racism, sexism, unnecessary environmental damage, and more. These all weighed so heavy on my heart. It got to the point where I couldn’t watch the news without feeling the weight of the world encase me like a brick. I felt hopeless and as if humanity was done for.
Other people I talked to felt similarly. We all played a tiny little part, like recycling or taking bags to the grocery store. Beyond that, the problems felt too big for any of us to fix. After all, working full time and having kids or having to work a second job to make ends meet, leaves you with little extra reserves to take on a cause.
I would go through seasons of fighting off the helplessness which led to bouts of depression. In my adulthood, I had felt the call to help people lead life through their excellence. As a coach, I felt rewarded and fulfilled. I was at least a part of the positive aspects of life, and this felt elevating.
Yet, there was a part of me that wanted to help leave a larger-scale positive impact. But when I looked at my options, I would go back to feeling helpless.
I would tell myself, “Too big of a fix is needed. There is little I can do.” My story of helplessness grew. “Even if I became a huge activist, it is an uphill battle, and most people fight change. It is too hard.”
At this point in my life, I had experienced glimpses of an inner guide. There were moments in my life I felt an inner prompting to do something or look at something differently. Those inner promptings led to really powerful, life-enhancing pivots for me. Yet, when it came to the topic of humanity, the brick casing of my gloom and sorrow seemed impenetrable.
One day I was doing my morning ritual of gi gong, prayer, and meditation. What came to me that day lifted my soul. I heard an inner-knowing. What did it say to me? “You do not need to fight against anything. Teach them what is in their hearts. That is the root of all healing.”
This sense of peace fell over me. The brick faded immediately. I had an opening. One that I could do. I could be a part of a larger positive impact. I realized I didn’t have to fight to get there! I experienced firsthand how possibilities exist within us when we quiet the ego fears long enough to listen. Within us, the bigger picture of our lives is waiting to unfold.
As a coach, I learned that we all have an inner compass within us. We might access it differently, but it is within each human being. Mine comes through prompts and intuitive messages. How does your compass show up?
A Course in Miracles teaches us that the fears and defenses of the ego are loud, obnoxious, and will drown out our inner wisdom. When we get at peace and put the ego aside, our internal compass illuminates our essence, wisdom, and heart. All of these virtues are quietly waiting for us to whisper hello.
“You have taught [yourself] what you are. You have yet to allow what you are to teach you.” - A Course in Miracles
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By Laurel Elders, PCC
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