What would happen if we acknowledge some forms of anxiety as a signal that we are indeed on the right path?
Anxiety by the Cartload
Anxiety and fear are part of our everyday lives. Sometimes, anxiety and fear show up as a survival instinct to keep us from harm. Sometimes anxiety appears to alert us to a truth that we have not yet acknowledged. And sometimes, anxiety shows up by the cartload as an unexpected ally – the signal flare that we are indeed on the right path and had better keep going! Today’s blog explores this latter form of fear.
Coyotes and the War of Art
Julie Tallard Johnson in her book, Wheel of Initiation, Julie refers to this kind of fear as the Coyote Trickster. The trickster shows up as anxiety, fear, worry and ridiculous life situations that try to deter us from our chosen path. The stronger the trickster and the greater the fear, the closer we are to achieving our goal and the greater the goal itself. The arrival of the trickster heralds the goodness of our path and how closely it reflects our highest truth and our soul’s purpose. As Julie points out, our natural inclination is to run from the Coyote, to resist its presence. Instead, we are invited to welcome it as a sign that something really good is about to happen. Author, Steven Pressfield wrote an entire book on the role that fear places in trying to block us from our creative life path. The War of Art is a must-read for anyone who seeks fulfillment in their lives and desires to overcome the blocks to that fulfillment.
Get Behind Me Satan
Satan is a Hebrew word that means obstacle or adversary. While the Western inclination is to place this adversary outside of us, often depicted as the man donning the red morph suit, carrying a pitchfork with horns on his head, the traditional Hebrew perspective would suggest otherwise. Instead, the adversary/obstacle dwells within us in all the fears, worries, anxieties that arise trying to keep us from the path of our highest good. Again, the more persistent or the greater the anxiety, the closer we are to our own path of goodness. Big fear = Big Goodness! The question is, what do we do with Satan/the adversary/obstacle when it arrives?
Just Keep Walking
When we are experiencing anxiety and acknowledge that it might be a herald of something amazing happening, the invitation is to WELCOME it! When we acknowledge the presence of this fear and recognize its higher purpose, it no longer has the power to stop us or to deter us in our path. Instead, we bow to the adversary, acknowledge its presence and its role, thank it for showing up and then say, “GET THEE BEHIND ME!” A story from the Catholic tradition that I appreciate in relation to Satan’s role in heralding the goodness of our path is the story of St. Margaret. As the story goes, Margaret is swallowed up by a demon and undertakes a journey to free herself from the demon’s bowels. Armed with persistence and her sword in hand, (because all good saints carry their own sword!) she fights her way to freedom, slaying the demon along the way. The invitation for us is the same as it was for Margaret: When we find ourself in the demon’s grip, take our sword in hand, face that demon, acknowledge it as a herald of our truth and the amazing things that are about to happen in our lives, slay that demon and then…….CONTINUE ON OUR PATH.
When have you experienced anxiety or fear that are in fact heralds of your path of goodness?
What tools do you use to move through these obstacles and fears?
What is the amazing goodness that is trying to be born in your own life?
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