Permission to be Vulnerable..(sometimes it takes a tribe)!
Updated: September 12, 2016
I’m writing with the deepest sense of gratitude and awe of the gathering of souls that have come together to share the Uncharted journey that has been happening in the past two weeks.
You never know how people will respond when you write a book and put yourself out there. At best you hope your words will touch many and your message of hope, and hard earned wisdom would spread far and wide. At worst, well, I refuse to consider a comparison in case my own unworthy goblin wakes up and starts nattering.
The truth is the “me” that shared my experience strength and hope in my latest book Uncharted is now two years older and wiser and is overwhelmed with the desire to share even more than she could back then!
But you never know how that could happen. I have learned that the spiritual path isn’t meant to be taken isolated from others, from the world. And so when I gathered up my friends and colleagues to share their thoughts about co-creation, and the spiritual life led well, it was done in such a way that it would be easy and intimate – real and raw – friends having coffee and letting you in to share the moments of silliness and revelations with us.
Its just beginning- this gathering- and I am feeling awed by the momentum.
The Uncharted Book Club on Facebook was an idea I had last minute to give everyone interested in the concepts a place to share and come together in a commonality of purpose.
Now this group is surpassing everything I hoped for.
The sharing is real and deep and meaningful and fierce and courageous and intimate and inclusive.
One beautiful member woke up one day and wrote this heart wrenching piece that speaks so poignantly to the trepidation we feel when we are standing at the edge of our old life knowing we’re called to unknown experiences with no map, afraid yet with hope of what we might discover on the Uncharted journey :- (She gave me permission to share)
I just wrote this, I am here.
I’m back at the edge again
I find myself here often
Most times I turn, head down, body slumped over and I fade into the darkness
I slip away from myself
I am at the edge
Waiting for the courage to take that first step
That Leap of faith
I’m so scared
Fear is creeping into my chest and its tight and on fire
I really want to jump but…
The fear overtakes me once again
I turn to walk away from the edge
My thoughts turn ugly and mean and nasty
I realize I no longer want to turn and leave the edge
So I sit instead and wait
Wait until my thoughts are nourishing positive and loving towards myself
I am here at the edge too scared to jump and too scared to turn back
How long do I stay?
I don’t want to be comfortable here
I’ve never stayed at the edge
I feel raw exposed naked
Who am I without my fear driving me to turn back?
I will stay at the edge
But just for a while
I must look really hard at myself
Pain and disappointment are here with me and it’s uncomfortable
I need to feel this pain and discomfort first before I feel the joy of jumping
Yes I know joy and peace and happiness are there for me when I jump
Why then do I hesitate every time I am here?
I am not worthy
I am not enough
I am bad
I must face these demons
For I no longer want them driving my life
I pull out my pen and paper
And I write
I write about my fears, my pain, and my discomfort
I hear a voice a distant voice that says
You are worthy
You are good
You are enough
I struggle to believe
I start to cry
I have work to do
By Jen Grosskleg
This is one of many beautiful vulnerable shares from people after they watch the videos in the pre-launch and talk about what its like to embark on this new journey into the Unknown.
I know I can’t do this alone. I need a tribe and a community to grow with too. I spent an hour or so reading the posts with tears of joy in my eyes.
Then another member wrote today in response to the growing numbers of our tribe;-
“It dawned on me something so special and powerful about this group, regardless of where on your path may be on or towards the #UNCHARTED, is that there are over 1,120 people who all have volitionally gotten themselves on this path, and all want to get it right. Get their lives right. Right by their own desires. A life that is theirs, by the choosing of their own, partnered by the greatest force, Spirit, that is gentle, nourishing, while ever challenging and YUGE–yet devoted and never abandons.
So many brave, willing, bright lights, whose voice may, or may not yet audible, but they are ready. They showed up, wanting, ready.
I salute you all. Come ‘n Fly. Love, Monika“
To be honest I couldn’t have said it better.
If you haven’t joined us yet The Uncharted Book Club on Facebook is waiting for you with open arms.
But, If this isn’t where you want to be join some other group! Join some group of like minded others looking to grow, and to share, and to move beyond the confines of yesterday’s patterns and conditioning. We are truly a unified WE .. and we need each other. Spirit is what made us, what connects us and through which we can co-create a new world. Compassion, collaboration, co-creation – Together.
Love to you always and forever!!!
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