Embracing fear and anxiety on the path of awakening (Russel Brand)

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I don’t normally post other people’s videos on this here blog, but this 3 min. message is just so wonderfully poignant for spiritual journeyers who are on the path of awakening.

I’m someone who had the doors of spiritual wisdom flung wide open to her at age 19. My extraordinary mentor of many years (RIP Carolene Heart)  influenced me and so many others through A Course in Miracles, past life regressions, Reiki, alternative medicine, spirit-releasement, and just about every type of metaphysical mojo you can imagine. I mastered many of these tools and did so while getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Counseling. I also studied the 12 steps religiously after reading Power vs. Force by Dr. David Hawkins.

What I learned is that at the heart of it all are the same gorgeous messages:

  • The answers are within.
  • Trust your feelings.
  • Use crystals and pendulums as tools (the answers are within).
  • Be as honest as you can with yourself.
  • Don’t give your power away.
  • No one is greater than you or lesser than you.
  • Let nature feed you.
  • Meditate if it feels right.
  • You’ll go through phases of what feels right.
  • Tune in.
  • Listen to your body.
  • Let your feelings inform you.
  • Don’t become wispy, energetically.
  • Focus forward but don’t live in the future or the past.
  • Stay present, in your body.
  • Go play!

And last but certainly not least:

  • Your alignment is everything, it is your greatest authority. 

To hear a refreshing message such as Russell’s, on fear and anxiety, is just wonderful! It confronts one of the pitfalls of the path of awakening: “spiritual perfectionism.”

We ask ourselves:

If I have meditated this much and have done all this study and meditation, how can I still have any fear in me? Or this much? If love is the answer to fear, am I not being loving enough? Or connected enough? Why am I not more awakened by now?

Well, I like Russell’s message because it normalizes fear. It takes the sting out of the unwanted feeling state. After all, it makes sense that as we expand our awareness, we will not only get to experience greater joy, we  will also open ourselves to the lower range of feelings, including fear.

I’m sharing this with you because if you experience fear or anxiety, I want you to know you are not alone. I do, too. And maybe that can help put some of the self-judgement to rest.

My prayer:

May we all awaken to the wisdom behind our fears and find our stance in the power of our greatest knowing.

Much love,

Happy D!

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