Nobody wants to be called a fool. But if you are not willing to go on a “Fool’s Journey” and follow your deepest inner calling before it’s too late in your life, you, or they, may eventually call you “stuck.” I would rather be a fool who reaches for my greatness than be “stuck” in my life playing it safe. How about you? Is it foolish in your view to settle for so little? So little money, so little love and passion, so little energy!
You mind will say yes it’s foolish to just leap into things, but your soul will say you would be foolish not to. This one realization is the first step in the personal mastery and enlightenment process I teach at the Rhys Thomas Institute of Energy Medicine and in the Rhys Method Coaching Programs.
So, what is your deepest inner calling? What do you really want? Reflecting back on the thousands of people I have worked with, I can tell you the three things that are the most common hot buttons:
1) A better career that pays well and one to be proud of
2) Better relationships both personally and in business
3) Better health to enjoy 1) and 2) for a lifetime
Does what you really want lead to one or all of these?
Whatever it is you want, you probably have realized there is often a challenging gap between you and where you want to be. To cross that gap I have found that you need three simple mastery skills:
1) Clarity – Clarity of your purpose and a sense of mission
2) Courage – Courage to move out of your comfort zone and across the gap
3) Energy – Enough energy to go for it every day
The process I teach at the Rhys Thomas Institute of Energy Medicine and in the Rhys Method Coaching and Enlightenment Programs is about getting you across that gap.
People often ask me how do they know they are being called. Does Gabriel come down and blow his horn? Not usually. The easiest way to know you are being called is often through experiencing PAIN AND DISSATISFACTION. That is almost always the first step on the path to enlightenment.
You look at your life and know you are somehow here to do more, have more, and make more of a real difference in the world. But you are stuck in a pattern that keeps repeating year after year in your relationships and career.
The practical part of you probably says, “That is just the way life is.” It is the impractical “fool” in you that is open to giving up what seems safe for what is unknown. The “fool” in you understands that what got you here, can’t get you there, and is not afraid of setting off in a new direction.
The gap I referred to before can seem like an ocean that is impossibly vast and dangerous. Crossing the gap might mean you have to invest your money in something that has no guarantees. Or, it may be starting a business, opening up to a new relationship or writing a book. For some, it might mean just having the courage to say “No.” Or, “Yes.”
Letting go of the old, and then fearlessly entering the unknown with trust and an open heart is the path to enlightenment. Whereas grimly getting up every day and doing the same thing over and over hoping somehow it will change is what is foolish.
In the ancient teachings of the Tarot, the process of enlightenment begins with the first card which is “The Fool” and ends with the last card which is “The World.” The process of enlightenment is the realization that what you wanted out there in the world was really always within you. That the initial external goal shifts from attaining something new to letting go of what keeps you stuck and unable to allow your true inner gifts to emerge. Thus, as you let go of who and what you thought was important in your life, your real world can start to come into view.
Enlightenment is not seeing angels and auras, it is seeing your world and how you fit into it. From that clarity arises your courage and energy to make a real difference.
Like the first person to cross the ocean from Europe to the New World of the Americas, it had to begin with the trust that the world does not end just because we have a limited view of it. The maiden journey to the New World ended with enlightenment and a new vision of the entire world erupted. A vision that beforehand was simply incomprehensible.
To go from “The Fool,” childlike with anything possible, to “The World,” enlightenment, clarity and knowing, usually begins with the notion that you can do it easily. You may even be like me and say, “How hard can it be?” Without that notion though, one that some would call foolish, you would never have the courage to move beyond your limitations.
Have you had or are you having that feeling that there is a new world out there for you? The Enlightenment path I teach at the Rhys Thomas Institute and in the Rhys Method Coaching Programs guides you step by step in how to navigate the considerable challenges you will encounter reaching your new world. One that has within it your success and happiness.
So what “Fool’s Journey” are you being called to? How many more years can you wait to begin? Every year you wait adds two more years to the length of the process.
The Enlightenment experience is not what you think it is. But for that matter, you are not what you think you are. So, if you are called, go. Be the “fool” who does not know any better, who is not afraid of living again, and who takes the chance.
As you realize that the greater risk you take by playing it safe is that you may never realize your true greatness, then the manageable risk of change and of being a “fool” becomes your pathway to real power and enlightenment.
Look for “The 4 stages of Mastery,” the next in this three-part video series coming soon.