By Terry Shea
April 2, 2016
Posted In: Spiritual Wellness, White Rock
Brené Brown asks a powerfully provocative question: “What do people with strong relationships, parents deeply connected to their children, teachers nurturing creativity and learning, clergy walking with people through faith, and trusted leaders all have in common?
“They recognize the power of emotion and they are not afraid to lean into discomfort.”
As one of those, teachers, clergy, and leaders, I’d have to say that is not exactly true, or perhaps not always true. I do recognize the power of emotion, but sometimes I’m deathly afraid to lean into the discomfort, but I keep doing it. People who wade into discomfort and vulnerability and tell the truth about their stories are the real heroes. It requires an uncommonly strong conviction in who they are. Ernest Holmes defines faith as a “mental attitude which is so convinced of its own idea – which so completely accepts it – that any contradiction is unthinkable and impossible.” What about faith in extraterrestrials, unicorns and the power of holy water to cure cancer? Holmes was not taking about what we have faith in, but faith itself.
Rising Strong is a book about having faith in Life, a whole-hearted life, in fact. In the introduction to the book, I found two affirmations that, if I learned nothing more from the book, would make it worth the price. These two affirmations, if practiced morning and night would transform a person’s life and would lead one to engage in life from a place of worthiness.
So much that we hear about and read about how to live life, embrace failure, and grow from challenge, is inflated and empty and ignores our personal fears about life. People who are willing to demonstrate what it looks like to risk, to endure disappointment and regret, to feel their own hurt instead of projecting it out onto others have risen to be the true heroes of life today. But how did they get there?
During this series we will look at issues like lack and limitation. We’ll examine the connections between guilt, shame and vulnerability. We will look at our fear of change as a decision to disengage. Finally, we will take a long and critical look at the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves with one thought in mind. Is this really true?
What we are here to do is to mentally uncover and reveal the Truth of Being, which is that G-d is in and through all being and that this Indwelling Presence is already Perfect.