SHINE! … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans
Your Treasure Awaits!
© 2011 Tonya M. Evans
July 26, 2011
“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” ~ Joseph Campbell
As I’ve been reflecting on this period of great transition in my life, I have been taking a fearless personal inventory and leaving no stone unturned. From de-cluttering my living space, to downsizing and re-locating, to allowing myself to be more vulnerable in my personal relationships and allowing them to evolve without my micromanagement, to making bold decisions at professional cross-roads to follow my passion rather than my plan. I have experienced the full range of emotions and most began with sheer panic.
I usually keep a calm, controlled demeanor on the outside. So it’s easy to assume I have it all together. But most of the time, well, quite frankly I’ve been just plain scared. I have a low tolerance for risk. And change?? Well, any change that’s too fast or too different is just plain crazy talk in my humble estimation. And the reason is because early in my life I somehow learned to choose safe over soul. And then before I knew it, I was an adult with adult decisions to make, responsibilities to honor and people to please.
But inside I was still that same scared child struggling with my first independent steps on my unique life path. And in order to make quantum leaps personally and professionally, I learned sometimes you just have to jump out of the plane or off the cliff, cross over the draw bridge or travel through the darkness of night. Sometimes the only way past difficulties, suffering, uncertainty and fear is to push forward through the darkness toward the light and to trust that your preparation, intuition, birthright and Spirit will lead you to the right place, at the right time and with the right people, experiences and resources you need to receive the treasure that is tailor-made just for you.
Sometimes the very person, place, thing, action or inaction you need to live your best, most purpose-filled and prosperous life is what absolutely terrifies you the most. That’s when you reach out with both hands and your heart and hold on as if your life depends on it because I promise you … it does.
“Isn’t ironic? Don’t ya think?” ~~ Alanis Morrissette, Ironic
But as Alanis sings at the end of the song Ironic, life not only has a funny way of sneaking up on you, it also has a way of helping you out. Of course, this doesn’t change the hurt of a painful situation when you’re in the midst of “going through”. But the treasures we find in our “caves of suffering” do exist nonetheless. It is the reason the phoenix can rise from the ashes and the reason the butterfly, once transformed, finds her wings and flies. Yes, treasures exist in heaven. But they exist right here on earth too. And also – and most importantly – in you. The choice is yours to SHINE!
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