Transforming Fear to Joy

Nothing or No One Remains the Same

Last January I ushered in the New Year with a strong sense of impending change.  Since then, I witnessed one change upon another showing up in my daily life.

Either I or those around me were experiencing a shifting inner landscape.  Both amount to the same given everyone and everything are reflections of and for my learning.

Today, I feel as though I am seated at the finale of a six-year journey.  Since 2010, every action taken appears to have been in preparation for what is trying to unfold.  Rather than will an outcome into existence, I have experimented with allowing life to lead me understanding that my leadership comes in the form of choosing from among the options provided.  A number of those options surprised and eventually delighted me. Consequently, I was reminded that my limited perspective cannot see the whole picture being displayed and only patience and watchful observation allow the time for the full truth to be experienced and understood.

More and more, I am convinced there is no urgent need to rush for results. The least important parts of my journeys are the new beginnings and endings although they can appear to me to be the most exciting.  Where I get the biggest bang for my buck, or in business vernacular, where I can add the greatest value is in the quiet and often chaotic uncertainty of the void.  My greatest learning amasses in this “in-between time”, which is why I feel an ending to be close at hand.  I have finally learned how to put away some old un-serving patterns and pick up the new habits meant to carry me into the beginning glimpses of my new identity — ever and ever closer to who I really am.

Before the joy of consolidation and inspiration, my birthing ground had to be adequately prepared.  Of course, this is exactly what most of us like to avoid because of the inner stillness required in order to hear such deep valuable messages.  Nonetheless, when our inner work has been done, it all comes together, and we are reborn into new beings with new horizons not unlike that described in my poem below.


Love’s Birthplace

Today desire has been upstaged, pushed to the background.
Lying dazzling in the foreground is inspiration,
the birthing forth of what was once unknown.
A promise creation is on its way.

Resting in the void of the unknown never felt so good;
knowing here lies the birthplace, the home, of adventure.
My home, my place, to birth forth loving creations.

Such is the story of the adventurer, at home in the gap
between birth and death, exhales and inhales.
Enjoying each empty, pregnant moment
knowing something sacred is about to be born.

February 2013

What great adventure is currently unfolding in your life?  And what loving creation are you about to birth?

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Author: Helen Maupin

Helen is passionate about transforming fear into love — from her, for her, for all. She expresses her commitment to transformation through writing poetry, self-awareness and yoga books, co-designing organizations into adaptive enterprises and deepening her daily meditation and yoga practices.


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