May 17, 2015

To All Those Who Are Afraid to Fly.

I’m not the best person to talk to about overcoming the fear of airplanes—just thinking about them puts knots in my back—but that’s not the only way to fly.

We all have dreams. We make lofty goals and spend hours daydreaming and creating beautiful vision boards for them, but that focused energy isn’t enough to make that dream come true. A focused mind needs action to turn a thought into reality. It won’t just drop in our laps, no matter how many pretty pictures we cut up and paste on our boards. The dream needs more than our minds to make it come true—it needs us to walk our walk.

Now, there’s a difference between making things happen and forcing things to happen.

Making things happen means making ourselves available for new opportunities and allowing our hidden potential to be revealed. Forcing things to happen means we’re manipulating the situation and pushing things forward even when they’re uncomfortable.

The best things require effort to acquire. The things worth having require hard work. But I think we all know when things aren’t meant to be. Let’s allow our energy to flow and create something beautiful…

That being said, sometimes we know what we want, but something is stopping us from doing anything about it.

That doesn’t make us lazy; it doesn’t mean we don’t want it enough.

It means we aren’t allowing ourselves to soar.

It might not even be conscious, but it’s there nonetheless.

Sometimes this is driven by hesitation, the question of “am I worthy of that happiness?”

Sometimes we’re paralyzed by our fear of failure, which stops us from even trying. We don’t know if we can handle the shame if it doesn’t work out or we fall on our face.

Can I let you in on a little secret?

It will change your life forever and bring that vision board of yours a few miles closer to your grasp…

Our fears aren’t real.

Well, some fears are real. I mean, I wasn’t kidding about those knots forming in my back from just the thought of getting on an airplane! But, honestly, our fears aren’t real. Even my insane fear of flying in a plane is silly. We all die, after all (though, as I type that, I’m not sure if that’s as comforting as I meant it to be!)

Fear is the opposite of love and it blocks us from the miracles of life.

Fear is an illusion created by the ego, manipulating us into staying stuck and stagnant.

Fear is what holds us back from achieving the greatness we were born to have.

When we’re afraid, it’s the ego creating resistance to keep us from moving beyond the darkness, because the ego cannot exist where there is love and light.

Once we understand that our fears aren’t real, we’ll be able to move beyond them, because they aren’t really there.

What’s the worst thing that can happen?

I once heard someone say, “The one thing worse than failing is not trying at all.” I actually disagree, because no experience is truly a failure.

When the great Thomas A. Edison talked about his process of creating the light bulb, he said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” We learn something from every attempt and that gets us closer to our desired outcome the next time around.

So if you ever find yourself feeling stuck, here’s a yoga routine for motivation, to help you clear your head of all your doubts so there’s space for magic:

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Let’s open our hearts to the possibilities, open our minds to the truth and let the miracles flow.


Author: Stacy Porter

Editor: Evan Yerburgh

Photo: courtesy of the author


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