We live in a world that recognises and respects courage: the military hero, the policewoman who dies in the line of duty, the fireman who dashes into a burning building and emerges with a child in her arms. We are familiar with this kind of courage as a result of our long patriarchal past.
On the Ascension path, however, courage takes on new forms—and there is a place for them in our toolbox. The courage required on the Ascension pathway falls into two kinds: outward directed and inward directed.
Outward directed courage
Outward directed courage is the closest to the traditional military-valour type of courage. This is the courage to step outside your comfort zone and do something you not only haven’t done before but also—more importantly—haven’t felt capable of doing. That place outside our comfort zone is scary. We don’t know what happens out there. We don’t know how people will react to us stepping into that twilight zone. Just the thought of it makes us squirm and look for the slightest reason not to do it.
In my experience, the Ascension process is a continual expansion of our comfort zones. So get used to it.
In my experience, the Ascension process is a continual expansion of our comfort zones. So get used to it. That stomach-rumbling feeling you get when you’re about to step outside your comfort zone is something you will become familiar with. So courage is sometimes the tool that we need to take the next step.
Still thinking of avoiding it? There’s a saying in spiritual circles, “that which you resist persists.” Damn right it does. All you’re doing is prolonging your own misery (not to mention slowing the global Ascension process!). I can’t say that it gets easy, but it does get easier. You will get to know very clearly when you need to step up and will learn the futility of resistance. Instead of putting off crucial changes and letting issues persist you will get better at knocking them out of the park as soon as they show up.
Inward directed courage
The other kind of courage is inward directed. That’s the courage to expand your ‘inner comfort zone’. If you’re male, this might involve the courage to become softer and abandon macho posturing and violence as problem-solving methods. In a society built on the concept that men should be physically and mentally strong (and, implicitly, emotionally inflexible), letting go of this paradigm is a courageous step. If you’re a woman, it might be the opposite. Step into some of that angry masculine energy and give that dysfunctional family of yours a good shake. They may not thank you, but you will know you with utter certainty you have done the right thing.
Like any tool in the Ascension toolbox, when you use courage properly you will be left with the warm glow of knowing you have taken another step along your own Ascension path—and made the world a better place.
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This article was originally posted on www.in5d.com.