Life was not meant to be lived small. My motto is sort of a mixed metaphor that goes something like this: “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead! Go for the gusto!” Yes, movie stuff, commercial lines….it’s amazing where we get our inspiration isn’t it? That is one of the beautiful things about living a spiritual life, I think. We can get inspiration from anywhere! But I digress.
I found myself saying to someone the other day, “If I were in your situation I would be going for it. I’d be enjoying every moment, living it to the fullest! Damn the torpedoes, full *&^%$ speed ahead!” And I realized that I said that not only for her situation, but for mine as well. Because I have an area in my life in which I’ve been living small. I’ve been allowing “what if” and “yeah but” to limit me, to keep firmly shut any doors that might be presenting themselves, because of nonsense like societal pressure and fear.
But I know better. I just forget sometimes. I forget that fear is the Great Limitor and faith is the Great Liberator. I forget that when I go deep within and do my spiritual practices there is no place there for fear. I forget that I am That Which Is Everywhere. I forget the deep levels of spirit that I have accessed and used and implemented in my life. But when I remember, such as when I was in conversation with my friend, all fear dissolves and I realize that what is happening in my life is happening because somewhere along the line I was remembering who I truly was and made a decision to not live small. What is happening in my life is allowing me to “boldly go where no man has gone before.” There I go, back into the movie metaphors again, but I couldn’t resist. I AM going where no one has gone before, and if you have made a decision to live large instead of small, then you are on that journey too.
And what I can tell you about taking such a journey is this: don’t go without your Light. That Light brings the comfort, the strength, the knowing and the being that will allow you to successfully navigate. That Light allows faith to replace fear, it allows confidence to replace low self esteem, it allows knowing to replace doubt. If you don’t know how to turn on The Light, then that is the first step for you on your journey.
You turn on The Light by many different things, which we at Centers for Spiritual Living call spiritual practices. Take a class, get a mentor or a coach and implement their suggestions. Meditation is probably the most valuable spiritual practice you can do, but there are others, like journaling or study. The point is that if you have committed to a journey in which you don’t know the route, you will need The Light to guide your way.
But with that Light, there is nowhere you can’t go, nothing you can’t do. There is no living small when you have turned on The Light. So, take a class! Hire a coach! Find a good book that resonates with where you are spiritually and study it, preferably with a guide. If you don’t know how to meditate, learn, then do the practice consistently and regularly. And pretty soon you will find yourself in that sweet delightful place of Knowing and Remembering, and your Light will be shining brightly all the time, and there will be no living small for you, just full on enjoyment of all of what life has to offer.
I can’t resist it: “Just Do It.”