“The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.” ― Joseph Campbell Quotes
We spend a lot of time being scared of fear. I know… that sentence is a bit of a mind boggle. Bear with me.
Instead of being afraid of it, what if we could reframe our understanding of what fear means to us?
What if, instead of rejecting fear as ‘negative’, we learned to embrace it as a part of our growth?
When we are in times of fear or pain our true characters confront us, our determination shows up, which may have been hiding away for years. Our kindness kicks in too and we tend to reach out to others more when we are feeling frightened. Our self-preservation is tested; we learn to become resilient and brave. All of these positive things come from fear, aspects of our character that are beautiful. And yet they may not show up nearly as often if fear didn’t activate them.
“You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path.
Where there is a way or path, it is someone else’s path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to realize your potential.” – Joseph Campbell Quotes
We are all kind of free falling to a degree, and yet we seem to think that everyone else has life mapped out. I know I am guilty of this! I used to walk around thinking everyone else had it easier than me. But we are all carving out our individual path as we go; learning, growing, stumbling and evolving along the way. Chances are, if your life is mapped out and you can see it all in front of you, you are not giving yourself the chance to live up to your potential.
“Where you stumble and fall, there you will find gold.” – Joseph Campbell Quotes
When you step into a ‘life puddle’ and get your shoes wet, or you trip and fall, that’s where you find yourself. It is in the moments of difficulty where our treasure lies. All of your inner resources come to the surface and wake you up to the brilliance of yourself. Once your learn this, your life will never be the same.
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell Quotes
Trusting that life has our backs can be really challenging. We tend to remember all of the times when we feel like the Universe sent us a curve ball, and it didn’t feel so good getting hit by it. But if we want to achieve lasting contentment and success, we need to let go of needing to know the finite details of how life is going to play out, and trust that everything is going to be ok.
“The cave you fear to enter, holds the treasure you seek” – Joseph Campbell Quotes
What is holding you back from taking your life to the next level? Often our fears get in the way of the “treasure” we are seeking. Our fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of disappointing loved ones. Let go of your fears and you will find the treasure you seek.