A Leap of Faith. When was the last time you took one? Was it simply the touch of a toe, a baby step, or one giant stride forward? No matter the size, the intent to step out into unknown territory can be unnerving and challenge us to our very soul. Yet it is our soul that urges us to do so…For stagnation leads to apathy and apathy allows for a slow decline into the void of complacency and loss of one’s very self.
I have once again been reading the writings of one of my favourite authors, John O’Donohue, an Irish poet who passed from this world at the early age of 52. John had a deep understanding of the urges of the soul and in an unfinished poem he wrote of the joy one could experience if one chooses to live a life fully, stating: “I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.”
When we deny ourselves the adventure of something new, we fail to grow. Without my having put on my explorer shoes and ventured off into unknown territory in Jan. 2012, I would not be writing this blog posting for you today. I would not have written my first book, nor would I have discovered my art-mediumship. I would not have discovered a land that has reached into my very being.
Overcoming fears and insecurities, even by just one small step, allows our confidence to build upon itself. Have you ever watched the wheels of a locomotive start to turn? At first there is straining and slippage but then, the force of the engine overcomes the drag of the load and forward momentum commences. That is how it can be for us too.
We are given the opportunity for many new starts throughout our lifetime. Should we choose not to take some of them because of any myriad of reasons, we will find, that if they are indeed in our best interests, they will present themselves once again, or even many times over, until we recognize the calling of our soul and then we will finally leave our hesitation behind. When we are ready, the nigglings of fear will finally be overrun by the drive to find a new way, a better way.
“Nothing happens until the pain of remaining the same outweighs the pain of change.” ~Arthur Burt.
In the Tarot, the first card of the Major Arcana, those cards that represent the Human Condition, is The Seeker, as he/she is more favourably known, and represents one about to take that first, or next step, of one’s life-journey, of venturing out into the unknown. But take heed, this step is best not taken alone nor unprepared, yet still, it must have within it that element of faith; that Leap of Faith.
“Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” – Louise E. Boone