Week 23 – Fear – an encouragement to embrace life

What an exciting week. If you read my last week’s blog on silence you will know that I had been away for 30 hours of silence along the coast in Cape Town. This set the tone for the week and also being open to the message on the Sunday webinar with Mark, Trish and Davene. As part of the notes for the week Mark had a short video which we were instructed only to watch after the webinar. In this video Mark stressed that the thing we feared the most, when going into our time of silence would be our compass and guide to that one thing that we desired to achieve / pursue. He then played a short extract from the movie which quoted the following extract “Coach Carter“.

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, and 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 will not 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 is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. “A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles” (1992) by author Marianne Williamson

For me this was such an encouragement to embrace life and what it has to offer.

We have been on this journey for 23 weeks and have developed a number of new habits, but more importantly an understanding of how to develop new habits. Each of us on this course daily go through a number of disciplines once, twice and even three times, all with a focus on developing new habits and focusing on the positive. For me two of the positive things I have been looking for each day this week have been Enthusiasm and Acts of Kindness with the aim of recording how many of each I identify. Awesome.

Then at the end of the week I came across a blog by Gretchen Rubin – “One Of The Most Important Strategies For Changing Your Habits

It was just so encouraging to read the following extracts –

Andy Warhol said “Either once only, or every day. If you do something once it’s exciting, and if you do it every day it’s exciting. But if you do it, say, twice or just almost every day, it’s not good any more.” Gertrude Stein made a related point: “Anything one does every day is important and imposing.”

 “What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while.”

Just another encouragement to continue on this journey of great discovery.

One of the other takeaways from the webinar was A Hidden Progression

My friends - Last week
My friends – Last week

To help us develop these attributes we were provided with four flash cards to master

  1. Law of least effort: Acceptance
  2. Law of least effort: Responsibility
  3. Law of least effort: Defencelessness
  4. Law of least effort means living each day with
    • Acceptance
    • Responsibility
    • Defencelessness

 

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