We have all been in a place where we have to step into the unknown.
It’s terrifying, liberating and beautiful all at the same time.
When we go there, there is a childlike surrender that happens. A sense of wonder and awe begins to take place as we do our best to take each step with courage, authenticity and grace.
So why is it that sometimes when we feel this urge to change, we find ourselves reverting back to what we know? Back into our comfort zone? Back into the safety of our relationships, jobs, homes, our unhealthy habits?
Fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear we won’t be “okay.” Fear we won’t be good enough. Fear we will lose friends or family. Fear we will lose a part of ourselves. Fear that we won’t be taken care of. Fear we won’t make enough money. Fear we will fail. Fear we will shine too brightly.
What happens though, when we take that first baby step of courage into it, is we start to see a light. Our wings begin to get a little stronger, day by day. We begin to have faith that we are being led by an invisible force that pulls us toward the path of self-realization and liberation.
Stepping into our own self.
Our soul wants to go there. That’s actually where the call is coming from. It’s deeply rooted inside each of us. We have allowed our rational mind to be the louder voice. Not anymore.
What if we started listening to the soul? What if, for one day, we said “f*ck it,” and allowed our bodies to move in the direction of our soul’s calling?
Yes, there will be details to figure out.
These details, though, will find a way of working themselves out. You’ll be amazed.
When we listen to this call, we are coming into agreement with the Great Spirit, The Universe, God, all of the energy that creates everything.
This agreement states: “I will listen to you, and you will take care of me. I recognize that there will be lessons for growth. I accept that this is not an easy path, and that it is a great one. I vow to honor your voice, I vow to take action on your call. I vow to serve in whichever way you will have me serve for the highest good. I surrender to your path. Keep my feet rooted in the ground, my heart in love and my mind at ease.”
When I got sober about three-and-a-half years ago, I didn’t realize I was making an agreement like this, but I was. We all are when we step into the unknown. We are stepping up. We are giving over our control, surrendering and allowing spirit to move through us.
The beautiful reality is that this looks different for everyone.
I have experienced the ups and downs of anxiety and depression, and I know it can feel like a gigantic struggle just to get out of bed some mornings. I’ve had the opportunity to become deeply familiar with the pain of not really wanting to be here anymore. Reflecting back on these moments, though, with the help of friends and family, I found the courage to step into the unknown, even if it was just getting out of bed in the morning or going to lunch with an old friend.
I recently packed up my favorite belongings in my Kia Sportage and hit the road from Texas to Colorado for an undetermined amount of time, not really having any clue what was there for me. The mystery is more and more revealed each day through the people I meet, the experiences I have and the faith that is gained.
So my friend, what will you do today to step into the unknown? What does it look like for you?
The courage is within you, the light surrounds you, the Universe holds you. You are a blessed, and you are a blessing.
Author: Ashley Monical
Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock