By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness
In my eyes, to be courageous is to be willing to do what we know is right for us and the planet even if it scares us. We can achieve anything if we have courage and we can persevere, but it’s easier to be afraid of challenges and new experiences than it is to confront them.
A lot of people prefer to avoid the challenges life puts on their path, but they don’t understand that those challenges exist for a reason.
The purpose of life (beyond trying to make the world a better place) is to learn and grow until we eventually reunite with the Source, and we won’t make any progress if we avoid challenging ourselves and learning new things.
In order to overcome a challenge, we have to find the courage to confront it (and keep going once we do) no matter how much we’d rather stick with what’s comfortable. For example; we’ll be tempted to give up on our life purpose a lot because it isn’t always comfortable or enjoyable, but if it means enough to us, we’ll never stray too far from it.
If we give in to the temptation and distance ourselves from it, we’ll miss out on one of the most worthwhile aspects of being human: living with purpose. Our existence on this planet is no accident, and we’re not just here to survive.
We’re here to better ourselves and the world around us as we begin to understand that we’re spiritual beings having a human experience, and for many of us, our purpose entails uplifting the world with some form of divinely inspired work.
No matter what we want to use to uplift the world, there’ll be times when we don’t feel inspired.
There’ll be times when it challenges us in ways that seem impossible to overcome, and this is where courage comes in. We can handle anything if we have the courage to take it on, even if it takes us a while to get through it, and it’s especially important when we don’t seem to be getting anywhere.
Sometimes, we just have to look at the problem from a different angle to devise a more unique solution. This too will require a great deal of courage, but if we don’t give up, we’ll inevitably overcome.
The universe rewards presence, perseverance and hard work, and if we make it clear that we’re in it for the long haul and we have no intention of giving up, the universe will begin to reward our hard work.
The reward will come in the form of more opportunities to express ourselves and grow in the area of our choice, and before we know it, our work could reach a massive audience that resonates with we’re doing and saying. Since the mission is never really over, we can take it as an opportunity to bring the work to the next level.
While courage is important in every area of life, it’s a necessity for creative people; especially if they want their work to be recognized.
Regardless of what your craft is, it takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there. You can never be 100% confident that people will enjoy or even understand your work, and along with courage, self-confidence is essential for any creative person.
These two qualities are also important when it comes to spirituality because of the temptation to remain in our comfort zone. It’s not always easy to keep up with things like meditation, and if you go deep enough, the ego could swoop in and spook you away from going any deeper.
It’s not because our inner realms are scary, but because they’re practically unfathomable compared to physical reality. We have to be strong if we want to explore them and confront any inner darkness we may have suppressed, and the only way to heal it is to give it the space to reveal itself.
It all requires courage, and like everything else that encourages growth and expansion, courage comes not from the mind, but from the heart.
Only if we truly love what we do in life can we find the courage to dedicate ourselves to it, and only if we truly love our creator and the higher states of consciousness we can access will we actually access them.
It all comes down to this raw creative energy we call love, and personally, love gives me the strength to live and work for the betterment of humanity.
Rekindling our courage and living with purpose starts with listening to the heart instead of the overactive ego, and we’ll find everything we need – especially things that help us on the creative and spiritual path – in this underestimated and invaluable portal to God.
We just have to be courageous enough to look within in the first place, and if we are, we’ll receive all of the love and strength we need to help the world evolve.