I started reading Gabrielle Bernstein’s “May Cause Miracles” about a month ago and that’s about all I can say on the subject. The truth is that I’ve been keeping busy with other small projects and have neglected reading her book even though I have it at the convenience of my fingertips right inside my phone.
Gabrielle writes that a miracle is nothing but “a shift in perspective from fear to love.” And so, prompted by my willingness to experience more miracles in my life I decided to take a hard look at myself. Lo and behold, little did I know I was about to realize I’ve lived my life in fear most of my life.
“Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here” — Marianne Williamson.
I found that underneath the layers of programming it all came down to one very simple thing: I am afraid to step into my greatness. Consequently, I am afraid of failure, I am afraid of success, I am afraid of taking control of my life, I am afraid of cockroaches, I am afraid of everything and I simply live in fear. And my neck and my shoulders are the ones that pay the toll fear wrecks on my body on a daily basis.
When you are living in fear like myself, there isn’t much passion to be had in life. Trust me, I know. There is simply not enough energy to have a life full of passion when fear is sucking up all of your energy.
However, fear can’t be the bad guy of the story here. Fear, as a biological mechanism, is actually the reason our ancestors–Homo Erectus, Homo Habilis, and our earlier Homo Sapiens brothers and sisters (just to name a few) were able to survive the many threats in their environment. If a Saber Tooth tiger happened to roll around the corner, the sight of it would trigger a response of fear in our brains, fight or flight.
When it comes to our modern life, part of the problem is that although there are no more Saber Tooth tigers to run from, we are conditioned to respond to our environment out of fear. In other words, the tiger has now been replaced by the economy, the Boston bombings, and cockroaches. Our lives are completely out of balance for we have allowed fear to take over, rather than to be part of a mechanism that is only here to serve us for self-preservation.
Our culture is so conditioned to living in fear that we hardly notice that there is anything else to be experienced. Like I said, I didn’t even know I had spent most of my life in fear until I started reading Gabrielle’s book.
Once you recognize how fear motivates your life, you can now take a step back and make the conscious decision to change, or remain the same.
Which will you chose? What would it mean for you to step into your light, to be magnificent, to live the life of your dreams?!
What have you done to overcome your fears in order to step into your greatness? If you have a story you’d like to share, please comment below.