A note before getting into it: sometimes I feel that these words I type do not come from me, but from a place of wisdom higher than myself. Some sort of presence (call it God, the Universe, my higher self, the man on the moon) flows through me and onto the page, ready to be shared - I'm not really sure. And usually the exact guidance that I need to hear myself. So here it goes:
"When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off."
- Yogi Bhajan, The 5 Sutras Of The Aquarian Age
This Kundalini teaching whispered into my ear as I sat waiting in the Apple Store (as one does), and it sparked something within me.
Sometimes I think we build up this story in our minds of all the reasons why we can’t do something, why we’re not qualified enough, smart enough, not pretty enough, not perfect enough, not fit enough, ready enough. We think we have to learn more, read all the books, look better, solve all our personal issues, go to more school, xyz before we actually start doing.
But, your soul is always ready. It has lived through lifetimes and has wisdom beyond what your mind can comprehend. It has acquired teachings and guides, and spiritual teachers, and it is here to guide you home. It is here to guide you to a greater understanding, a shift in perspective, and an awakening to your true potential, power, and purpose in this world.
Start, and the pressure will be off.
Start doing that thing you didn’t think you could do.
By ditching all the "what ifs" and "not good enoughs" and just jumping in, we realize we know a lot more than we ever give ourselves credit for. J U M P, and you will be caught. J U M P, and you will find your way. J U M P, and T R U S T yourself that you are smart enough to get your footing.
The next step will always appear, as long as we let go of the fear, and move from a place of love. Move from a place of excitement for the future, rather than looking over our shoulder at the past. Even if it’s scary as hell, just do it. Move. Keep going.
Start, and the pressure will be off.
Quit procrastinating your dreams of sharing your passions or spreading your message to the world (or doing your homework or making that call). Just do. it. Make it happen in your own magical way. And you realize that it was never such a big deal after all--the pressure lifts, your shoulders feel lighter, and you realize you had it within you the entire freaking time.
You are smarter than you think, More beautiful than you will ever see, and more skilled than you know is possible. You have all of it within.
Trust yourself, trust the universe, trust your guides. They’ve got you. We’ve got you, and you’ve got this. Everything always works out and you are never ever ever "off your path." It may wind, twist and turn, but you are never lost.
WHAT I MEAN IN REAL LIFE
This all came to me when I was reflecting on my current internship at a content marketing agency. At the start of summer I knew next to nothing about content marketing or thought leadership -- I had a general idea, but I had no real clue what I was doing -- I just knew I was in the right place.
If I would have looked at everything I didn't know about the industry and labeled myself as too "incompetent," "not ready," or "unqualified" to step into this position, I would have cut myself off completely from all possibility.
Instead, I jumped in to the unknown. I started doing the tasks assigned me, reading articles, researching for articles, just starting. After a few months, I realize that while I'm not even close to an expert, I've learned a great deal more than I ever knew before.
The way I learned was not by researching the hell out of the industry before starting, but by learning as I go, learning by producing content and putting words to knowledge, regardless of the complete and utter intimidation.
THRUST YOURSELF INTO THE UNKNOWN.
What if we had the self-discipline and courage to actually thrust ourselves into the unknown, without someone else pushing us first?
In a new job position you you are pushed into the unknown. Maybe you chose the position, usually it's other people or the position itself, challenging you with new things to learn and complete. And because of this you learn things you never had a clue about before, and come out on the other side a more knowledgable, wiser badd-ass.
But again, what if we thrust ourselves into the unknown on a daily basis? What if we finally just did whatever it is that we knew in our souls to do? Magic. Growth. Passion.
I've realized that this is a huge learning point for me in my life: thrusting myself into the unknown. I usually never do it. I've always been more on living on the predictable side of things where I know I'm safe.
So, I commit to JUST. START. I commit to having the courage to throw myself into the unknown. Quit playing it safe. Cross over from the predictable side, into the wild side.
ALLOW THE UNIVERSE TO FLOW THROUGH YOU.
Once we start, all of the worries and fears dissipate. We realize we're all just here to connect, empower, and unite one another. No judgements. Always divinely guided.
Let me explain with another example: when I started Soul Circle with Gina, I had no idea what I was doing — I kept thinking, Who am I to be 'leading' a group of girls? I was so uncomfortable and nervous. I didn’t think I was wise enough, or had any knowledge to share. How could I come up with something new every week? How could I actually make an impact? I didn’t think I was worthy enough, enlightened enough, or ready enough to step into this environment.
But (with a lotta support), I jumped. I just started. And even though I was scared shitless at first (speaking in group of even 3 people was not my forte), I did it. I kept jumping in each week, and now Soul Circle has become my everything. It has guided me to know myself, and I'm no expert at anything in the Universe, but am learning as I go, supported by these girls.
But in order to get to this place, I had to just start. Nothing would have happened unless I started.
And each week I am surprised by the wisdom that comes through — I know it is not me speaking, but a power much greater than myself. When we take that initial step to S T A R T our dreams, and just L E T G O, we allow spirit to flow through us.
When we start, we let go. And when we let down our barriers of fear or stress or anxiety, and just let it all flow, we allow god or the universe to enter into us and take over. We allow our soul’s deepest wisdom to come through and surprise us constantly. This is magic. This is getting in the flow with life. When we are in the flow with life, the pressure is completely off. We know our place. We know our worth. We know our beauty.
Let's face it--you may never feel like you're ready, but your soul is always ready. So, just start. Whatever it is that you've been putting off--your dreams, your homework, traveling the world--step into your full power. Start, and the pressure will be off.