You’re Braver Than You Think ~ A New Perspective On Courage & Personal Growth


Audio excerpt from Vicki Howie's Live Online 7-Week Chakra Abundance Course. (Click link to hear a full 60-min. audio)

Sometimes in spiritual communities, we have a tendency to talk so much about love and light that we skirt around the obvious discomforts that come with personal growth.

The fact is, our spirit loves change, but our body doesn't. It's set up for homeostasis. It has all kinds of regulatory processes that are meant to stay consistent, like our temperature with it’s reliable 98.7 degrees and our blood pressure, heart rate, and white cell count (just to name a few), all striving to stay positively consistent.

The body doesn’t like change, and the spirit doesn’t like sameness. It’s a wonder these two aspects of ourselves can even cohabitate.

What this means is our spirit is drawn into newness and growth experiences while our body will often find these things downright scary, and seek to avoid them all together. So, to truly grow and evolve, we need to work with the scared, human aspect of ourselves and consistently take committed, courageous action.

Being a bit of a personal growth addict, I’ve stepped up a lot in my life, and I used to think that I wasn’t courageous, because when I’d step up, I’d usually be terrified. But eventually, it dawned on me: fear is not evidence that you lack courage, it’s proof that you HAVE courage. Because if you’re not scared in a situation, it doesn’t take courage to step into it.

Fear is a pre-requisite of courage. You must have fear or you have nothing to overcome and be courageous about. In other words, if you’re not afraid, no bravery is needed. It’s just a walk in the park. No biggie.

In my years of life coaching, so many of my clients have felt the same way – like they weren’t courageous simply because they felt afraid. And of course, as they defined themselves this way, they became less likely to take brave actions. So I want to break two myths right now: First that spiritual growth should always be easy-breezy and filled with light and love, and second, if we feel afraid when we do something, then we aren’t being courageous.

Both of those assumptions are a bunch of hooey.

Personal transformation – especially the big kind – can be rough. It’s based on moving into the unknown and the unknown is always harder to deal with than the familiar.

And, as I’ve already pointed out, you need fear to be courageous. So the more you feel fear and still choose to take action, the more courageous you are. Courage is an action more than a state of being. It is doing what you know you need to do even if it scares you.

One thing that helps me a lot on my transformational path is to remember that although something may look and feel unfamiliar on the outside, our true growth is always unfolding from within us.

Think about the little caterpillar who is going to transform into the elegant butterfly. There is almost no apparent similarity between these two versions of the same little being. Still, the butterfly is actually inside the caterpillar all along. Whatever I am evolving into is already inside of me, and whatever you are evolving into is already inside of you too. In all the mystery that personal evolution entails, I find that comforting and hope you do to — your future self is already a seed within you. If you commit to your path and keep stepping up courageously, it will gradually be revealed and you will fly.

Vicki Howie, MA, CHt

 Vicki Howie is the Creator of Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™ (find out what inspired her to create them here). Check out her new book “The Key to Your Chakras” here on Vicki is also the Creator of Chakra Love and the Chakra Life Cycle System®, as well as the Co-Editor of Conscious Life News. You can visit her website,facebook page and youtube channel for lots of free chakra info and gifts. Vicki’s biggest joy is to help you unleash your full chakra power and step into your highest potential.

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