Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure - Marianne Williamson
I've been thinking about fear. A lot. When I get this on my mind, it's usually because something has triggered my own anxiety. Does it matter what it is, the trigger? Not really. Suffice it to say I have triggers. You have triggers. And unless we are living in a bubble where nothing changes, we'll always have them.
That's the good news.
Yeah. Because fear is the fuel of creativity, if you choose to use it that way. <- click to tweet
How can that be?
If there's something inside telling you to sit down and do nothing, then there's also something inside of you what knows it's absolutely essential to get up and moving. If something's telling you to contract, then there's also something telling you to open your arms wide and move towards what you know to be your path.
We know we're powerful. That's why we're fearful. Fear is the yin to power's yang. Once we have grappled with the essence of our fear and walked, step by step, in the direction of our power, we know what we have.
I swear, I've looked at fear from so many sides now, and when it comes to roost inside of me, I know as God is my witness that I need to move towards something big.
You want to know what fear looks like?
Fear looks like inertia. Starting a big project that you always wanted to do and not bringing it to the point where it has a chance for success. Pushing big rocks uphill is not always fun, or easy, but sometimes you reach the top and that baby flies down the other side, you know?
Fear looks like self-sabotage.Who me? I couldn't do that. You do it. I couldn't. Yeah, you could. Very much definitely. You could.
Fear looks like jealousy. Everyone else's life looking great right now? Might want to look a little deeper into those feelings.
Fear looks like chaos. Don't take a look at my closet when anxiety hits. Just don't. I don't know who gets in there and knots up all those leggings, but it must be my slightly agoraphobic alter ego trying to have a go with me.
Fear looks like every person who ever told you you couldn't do something. All of those people. You know what you need to do with them? Have a little fantasy, turn them into ants with funny faces, and put them in a jar. With no holes in the lid. Let them scream at you from in there until the oxygen runs out. It won't make you a bad person. It's just metaphoric. You can still love them in real life. Kind of. If you really want to.
See why fear means something big is happening? Let me tell you what's happening when fear hits. Something so big that it makes you want to become inert, not admit you can do it , get jealous because you know people who could do it. It' something so big that it will turn your desk into a chaotic mess and make you believe all those people who told you you couldn't.
It's that big, the thing you're moving towards. It's big and it's shiny and it is going to require that you take responsibility for yourself and for it.
So cast of the fear, my love. Cast of the doubt that you can't move into the flow. Stop thinking you're too tired or to busy or just not good enough. You have the power of the Universe in that talented hand of yours.