As I wrapped up my job this last week, and shared my news about going into entrepreneurship, I kept hearing the same message over and over from people: “It takes a lot of courage to do what you’re doing.”
When I first started hearing that, I thought, Yeah man, I’m so eff-ing brave! And then, I started to think about how this all came to be.
You see, earlier this year I started reading the metaphysical text, A Course in Miracles, and have committed to studying and practicing its teachings daily. What I learned early on from the Course is that a miracle is nothing more than a change in perception.
We can choose to see situations with fear or love, with empowerment or defeat, defensiveness or acceptance. It’s ultimately up to each of us to choose how we make sense of our world, and this happens moment by moment. Of course, we’ve all had those difficult experiences in our lives that have changed us, confused us, taught us to be wary and untrusting of what is uncomfortable and unfamiliar, and caused us to find refuge in the things that make us feel small. Throughout our lives we’ve learned to be afraid and to hide behind our patterns, habits, jobs, relationships, addictions, accomplishments, etc., and to listen to logic more than our heart.
So when I made the decision to move away from the career path I was on and go into business for myself, I wasn’t actually leaning into my fear, I was walking away from it. By stepping into my power, I released a layer of my addiction to fear, I let go of part of my ego’s desire for external validation and recognition, and I surrendered the voice inside that told me I wasn’t good enough to make it on my own.
Here’s another cool thing that A Course in Miracles teaches: only love is real. When love is present, fear dissolves. Love, in its unconditional form, has the power to heal our deepest wounds, create peace from the inside out, and allow for miracles to take place.
I’ve been given the gift in this lifetime to serve the world as a teacher and healer, and I take this on with great responsibility. In my life’s work, love is my number one lesson and liberation is the inevitable outcome.
And so today I offer you this lesson from the Course that is the basis of my own work: Teach only love, for that is what you are.
Each of us can be a teacher of love in the choices we make day-to-day, moment-by-moment, by practicing compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude today.
Here are some ideas for putting this into practice:
- Call someone you care about and tell them you love them
- Write a list of people’s names you want to forgive. Go down the list, and say, “I forgive and release you.”
- When something makes you happy, take a pause and repeat, “Thank you for this _______, and the joy it brings to my life.”
Let me know how it goes! I would love to hear your thoughts, insights, and other ideas you have for putting my number one lesson into use in your daily life. Comment below and share what you've learned by teaching love and releasing fear.
Thank you for reading and for all of your support.
In love & liberation,