When You Doubt Your Power, You Give Power to Your Doubts

For the last few months I’ve been working hard to get my dream, the Yoga Anatomy Academy online mentorship, off the ground.

It may not be the artsiest or most innovative project, but still, putting this new program out into the world is scary. It’s a birthing. It has taken me years to both refine this vision, and to believe in myself. Making it happen brings up massive fear of failure. beauty color philosophy gods goddesses

You Gotta Have Faith.

I know that when we humans attempt something totally new, a steep learning curve is normal and carving time for “manifesting” is also fundamental.  

I’ve also noticed that the biggest human limitation is never lack of knowledge or skills or even time. If you’ve practiced meditation and yoga for a while, you know those are not the most fundamental limitations to practice. We all have five minutes. We all have our breath. Knowledge/skills/time are also not the limiting factor in, say, climate change negotiations.

Want to know what is? 

Our greatest limitation, as a species, is always fear.

Most often it’s the fear of change. Who will I be if I have to make time in the morning for yoga? meditation? Will my partner leave me? Will I have to give up my beloved angst? (<my favorite). What will our world look like if we change course? How will my life shift if I take on this task? Who will I be if I parent this massive idea? What if I’m criticized?

As a side note, one part of aging that we rarely tell the youngin’s: after about 3 decades on earth, we are often afflicted with a case of (PG-rating) the “Fudge-Its”. We don’t give up on the world, but we give much less of a hoot about what others think of us. I am afflicted more than ever. And if that weren’t enough, I got a copy of Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest book. Ms. Gilbert speaks about reclaims a potent word [in this age of self-made millennial millionaires]: entitlement

Creative entitlement simply means believing that you are allowed to be here, and that—merely by being here—you are allowed to have a voice and a vision of your own.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Yes, you. Tantra teaches us this, too. Fundamental to Tantric philosophy is the understanding that you are energy, and that all energy is diving (dark and light). We are this dance together: our ideas, our dreams, our lives. 

So what to do with the plague of fear? Know this:

“Basically, your fear is like a mall cop who thinks he’s a Navy SEAL: He hasn’t slept in days, he’s all hopped up on Red Bull, and he’s liable to shoot at his own shadow in an absurd effort to keep everyone “safe.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

May you create, may you manifest, may you dream always. 

(and may you witness me doing the same.)

xo, Ariele 

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