“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” — May Sarton
It happened again yesterday. Not exactly the same as in the past, but the tone and resulting feeling left me anxious and I couldn’t return to sleep. The dream: I can’t seem to get out – there are too many nasty animals circling the house, snapping and snarling. The back-story: my introverted Self doesn’t like to hear from my editor that its time to start a blog. All I wanted to do was write a book and now she’s telling me I need to let people know about it! For this one who lives up in the woods, it’s like opening my door to chaos. Who knows what might happen?
Well, there it is. ‘Who knows what might happen?’ is the precursor to a spicy adventure. If the goddess Artemis, of Greek mythology fame, could travel with coyotes and wolves during predawn, why can’t I?
She’s taught me to fend off other intruders in my psyche who challenge me when I initiate a new project – they’re always lurking around trying to keep me in my place. But when I call on Artemis, I’m free to roam – she brings confidence and independence into my quiet life to juice it up. I’m never sure what might happen when her energy is prompting me – she’s stoked.
What skills, or mind-set, do you need to develop a kick-ass attitude? It may go something like this:
- Who do they think they are?
- I know what’s right for me.
- I know exactly where I’m going with this.
- This ain’t my first rodeo…
When you think about moving out of your comfort zone, what aspects of yourself have you given up in order to gain approval from important others? When you were young, this was called surviving! If you aspired to be the ‘perfect daughter’, what are some patterns that need to be shucked – just like an ear of corn.
What are you afraid would happen if you followed your cosmic YES? What fears pop up?
- How do you maintain these restricting fears?
- What do you get from holding on to them?
- There is always a payoff, so be honest with your self.
- What attributes or characteristics from your past would be useful on your next adventure?
- And what could be the glorious, exciting outcome if you followed that YES?
Spend time picturing yourself in the outcome. Sensualize it: see it, hear it, taste it, smell it. Take a deep breath and feel your guts relax. Focus on the quality of the experience you want to create. Use adjectives to describe your noun/verb goal. How do you feel in your fantasy?
Once you’re feeling it in your fantasy life, you can step into it in your real life: that’s manifesting! Hint: instead of saying you want to live in a big house feeling free and grand, you might say you want to live feeling free and grand. How can you accomplish that goal now? Go Ahead – I Dare Ya!