Embracing Courage in Uncertainty

Embracing Courage in Uncertainty

5 Lessons in Embracing Courage from The Greatest Showman Movie

 

I’ve just returned from the Christmas summer holidays inspired by many of the great movies released at this time. Somehow, there’s nothing like Hollywood’s ability to take a story and weave it into a compelling and insightful learning experience, and movie that really moved my soul was The Greatest Showman, a musical extravaganza based loosely on the life of P.T. Barnum, the legendary ‘father of show business’.

Championed by Australian ‘triple threat’ singer, actor and dancer, Hugh JackmanThe Greatest Showman was a project, 7 years in the making. A musical adventure with a compelling and catchy score that had some powerful lessons on embracing greater courage, resilience and self-acceptance.

No matter whether we’re in the field of business and need to promote ourselves (like P.T. Barnum) or we’re just looking to find our creative dreams passions and live more fully in our light, COURAGE and SELF-BELIEF are the cornerstones to great success.

Courage Lesson #1:
At Some Point We’re All Called to Step into the Centre of the Ring

  • What is it holds must people back from fully standing in their light?
  • What is it often stops us from accepting ourselves and having the courage to shine bright?

Prior to the making of The Greatest Showman movie the producers gathered all the lead singers, musical writers, actors and chorus for a workshop in New York City to pitch their musical concept to the executives of Fox Studios.

In one of these workshop sessions, Tony nominee and 13 year Broadway veteran, Keala Settle was called on to sing the key musical number and anthem for the movie, This is Me. However, having never appeared in a movie production before, and having only heard the song performed by another legendary singer, Keala’s nerves got the best of her. More so, she was even afraid to step out from behind the music stand and sing in front of the chorus and Fox Executives.

In fact it was only when director, Michael Gracey said to her “Keala, you HAVE TO step out from behind the stand, and walk into the centre of the (circus) ring”, that she managed to summon the courage to do so.

Take a look at this inspiring rendition of the song and this liberating workshop performance here:

At some point in our lives we are all called to ‘step beyond boundaries of our comfort zones’ and step fully into the ring. For its often only here in the centre, when we cast away our fears, when we let go of what others may think of us, that we truly get to let our light shine bright.

So where in your life is COURAGE now calling you forth to ‘Step into the Ring’?

Courage Lesson #2:
Embrace the Power of Difference

  • How much of our ordinary lives is spent trying to fit in and conform to other people’s expectations?

P.T Barnum knew that the key to standing-out in the world was being different. Rather than trying to blend in with the status quo. In fact, one of the most pertinent lines in the movie and its trailer is when Jackman, as P.T. Barnum says …

“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else”

In many ways P.T. Barnum was the Elon Musk and the Steve Jobs of the 1800’s, often challenging the status quo of conventional beliefs and using imagination, creativity and sometimes even sleight of mouth to create new levels of interest and curiosity in his shows.

While modern society conventionally tries to get us all to fit in, be accepted and follow the tribal rules of our families, cultures and education system, its often those that don’t fit in that are becoming the real change agents and transformational leaders of our time.

The key then is: To find the courage to live your own authentic life, in alignment with your highest values and principles, in a way that makes a greater difference to yourself, your family and your world.

Courage Lesson #3:
We Need to Let Go of Past Conditioning and Tribal Patterns that Limit Us

  • What really holds you back from living and creating the life you deserve?
  • What beliefs, patterns and limitations hold back the true creative essence of your soul?
  • Who would you be without the limiting perceptions of your past?

Set in the mid 1800’s The Greatest Showman shows a world in which status differences between the rich and the poor, haves and the have not’s, the beautiful and the oddities has never been more complex and divisive.

While as a society we have moved in leaps and bounds in healing some of this segregation, the reality remains that for many of us we continue to hold onto the residual patterns of scarcity, insufficiency, not being good or worthy enough, or having to conform in society from our ancestors and our past.

Finding COURAGE to live our own lives and define a destiny that tells us that we are free, we are empowered and we are capable of realising our dreams and desires can therefore often be challenging.

It’s not surprising that in many of my one-on-one coaching, healing and guidance sessions with clients that they find themselves coming up against blocks from the past, that are holding them back from being all they can be in this lifetime.

Creating our best lives now, therefore call on us all to not only reach for the guidance of our own higher-selves, but to also find courage to release and free ourselves from the conditioning and patterns of our past (ancestral, DNA, past-life, this life) that will help set us free into the lives we were truly born to live.

Courage Lesson #4:
What if ‘We Rewrite the Stars’?

There’s a great segment within The Greatest Showman where Zac Efron, who plays the role of thtries to theatrical writer Phillip Carlyle, tries to convince trapeze artist Anne Wheeler (played by Zendaya) that it’s ok for her to leave her past behind, and that together they can literally “Rewrite the Stars”.

It’s a really touching and well-choreographed scene that sees literally both of them floating through the air on a trapeze rope, in an endless of dance of separation, then connection and finally separation.

But Zac’s calling to Zendaya is not wasted on us all … for literally in each moment of our lives we are being given the opportunity to “rewrite our own stars”. While each of us are actors in our own life movie, through free will, decision and choice we have the incredible power to reshape and redirect our own lives.

Q. So, what is it that keeps us from “rewriting our own stars” of “recreating our life stories the way we want them to be”?

A. Fear. Limiting beliefs. Not believing its possible. Not feeling we’re worthy of more. Not accepting our own true power and presence. Are just a few of the answers that come to mind.

However, COURAGE call on us to be more. Calls on us to take the pen of life in our hands and rewrite the scripts of our lives for those parts where we feel we are stuck, a victim, powerless, helpless, or defeated.

  • Can you imagine an Oprah Winfrey who did not choose to rewrite her stars as a child?
  • Can you imagine a Barack Obama who did not consider rewriting what might be possible for a coloured man in America?
  • Can you imagine a Nelson Mandela who did not choose to rewrite his stars on being released after 27 years in prison?

Courage Lesson #5:
Focus on Making a Difference – Not on Acceptance

  • Ever noticed that some of the world’s greatest leaders were once considered heretics?

Often in life we can fall into the trap of limiting our results and outcomes by seeking to be accepted by others, rather than truly reaching for what we know in our heart’s and soul’s is possible.

In Australia we even have a term for this, ‘The Tall Poppy Syndrome’. The social paradigm where once somebody becomes successful and begins to ‘stand out from the crowd’ there is the conscious and unconscious desire of those around to ‘cut them down’ and literally bring them down to size.

  • So, how then as visionary creators and leaders can we choose to stand in our own light?
  • How can we learn to embrace and embody our gifts, talents and abilities in ways that bring joy, happiness and fulfilment to many?

P.T. Barnum was well known for his ability to promote and market himself and his shows with BOLDNESS and AUDACITY, two traits that fundamental to the life of the COURAGEOUS LEADER.

 

Why Embracing Courage in Uncertainty Matters

I believe that Barnum understood that the flowers in the field never try to compare themselves, or limit their growth based on the flowers around them. Instead they simply shine bright and reach to fulfill their innate natural potential. If that means they have the capacity to become a 5ft sunflower in a field of smaller daisies, then so be it. Every flower has a divine potential and purpose to fulfill, a natural path to the complete expression of their authentic presence.

Leaders know that there is always risk involved in ‘stepping into the centre of the ring’, especially when one is at the head of the pack expanding their presence in areas that have not been tackled before.

COURAGE therefore calls on us to listen to the voice of our own soul. To live to our highest potential and not be put-down, shut-down or limited by the voices of the masses who do not understand the power of our own authentic heart. The moment therefore we change our focus to making a difference (and away from our need to be loved and accepted) magic happens. We become alive in the spirited warrior who knows that their time on Earth is limited and that COURAGE is the doorway to manifesting the change that they came here to create.

Les Price is a transformational life and business coach, author, speaker, intuitive and healer. If you feel you have been holding onto limiting patterns, emotions, feeling and blockages from the past that no longer serve you, and are looking for a safe environment to allow greater freedom and liberation into your life – contact our office to organise a consultation with Les.

Day 1 – Creating the Space to Let Go

Day 1 – Creating the Space to Let Go

Day 1 - Creating the Space to Let Go

by Les Price | The 21 Day Soul Cleanse

“Let go of the past, so that God can open the door to your future.”
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Why is it we human beings seem to hold on for dear life to what no longer serves us?

I know from personal experience how hard it has been sometimes to let go of the people, events, situations and belongings that have long served their purpose in our lives. While our need for attachment often arises from the fear of loss of safety, security and the status quo, holding onto your past can be akin to trying to sail a yacht into deep blue oceans while along not realising that it is still tethered to the shore.

So, as we begin this Soul Cleanse series, today I would like to encourage you to review the areas of your life where you are still holding onto the past. Our guides, angels and helpers in the world of spirit would encourage us to release and surrender our attachments to the known, in order to truly discover the potential and opportunities that await us. Travelling lightly into your future is the key here.

According to spiritual teacher Catherine Ponder there are really three lists that we all need to consider in life:

  • What we want to release from our lives
  • What we want to attract into our lives
  • What we are grateful for in our lives

Notice how this process begins with releasing? Its because in order to allow anything new to enter our lives we first have to create the space to receive it. It’s a little like doing a small spring clean on your wardrobe. Have you ever noticed that the moment you clear out a small segment of yoru wardrobe that in a very short time it becomes filled again?

There is a very important principle at play here – because the universe abhors a vacuum.
Which means that the moment you clear the old, you allow the space for the new to enter.

More importantly, the less attachment we have to things, the more our life flows and the better we feel energetically, emotionally and physically.

The Practice

So today our practice is simply one of beginning to let go.

Take a moment to reflect on the areas of your life where you have been holding onto what no longer serves you. Whether it be a relationship or friendship, items or belongings in your house, an old behavior, pattern or addiction, or even an old attitude, habit or belief, begin to identify what has been holding you tied and tethered to the shore.

Then simply find one thing that you can begin to bless and surrender from your life today.

By far the easiest and most affirming items are old personal belongings. Which is why once every few months I simply like to get a laundry washing basket, place it in my lounge, and then over the week as I walk around the house I find those items that have reached the end of their spiritual and energetic life, place them in the basket and then eventually send them to the op shop, offer them for recycling or relinquish them to the humble surrounds of the local rubbish dump.

The Affirmation

I now choose to release and surrender the old in my life. I choose to travel freely and easily, and I now create the space for all of God’s good, abundance and blessings to flow into life.

The Question

What have I been holding onto in my life that no longer serves me energetically, physically or spiritually?

The Thought

The universe abhors a vacuum. Therefore, the more I release, the more opportunity for my highest good to come to me with grace, ease and lightness.

Day 2 – Healing Your Incomplete Business

Day 2 – Healing Your Incomplete Business

Day 2 - Healing Your Incomplete Business

by Les Price | The 21 Day Soul Cleanse

“We do not heal the past by dwelling there. We heal the past by living in the present.”

 Marianne Williamson

I’m always amazed at the capacity of fire to cleanse and purify. Whether it be in the midst of a bushfire, or simply the burning of logs in an open fire place there is something captivating, mystical and transcending about the nature of fire to release and cleanse the old, in order to allow the new.

All of us in our lives have ‘incomplete business’. Those situations, projects, tasks, activities and relationship issues that we have just not gotten around to completing. Often these items can unconsciously drain our energy and focus, while also holding us back from moving forward in our lives. These incompletes also hold our energy anchored in the past, therefore not allowing us to create what we really want in the present.

Have you ever noticed that a circle that has an aspect of its line missing is incomplete, and will always draw your intention to the part that is missing? In the same way, our incompletes in life will cause us to focus on what has not worked, what is missing and what we seem to be lacking in our lives, rather than allowing our unconscious to revel in all the good that we have actually done.

Therefore, one of the greatest gifts that you can give to your soul and spirit is to:

1.       Reclaim that lost power and presence, by either completing what you have started, or
2.       By simply releasing energetically what has been incomplete in your life, closing the lose ties and surrendering it without guilt.

The Practice

1)      So today I’d simply like you to get a piece of paper or a notebook and write out all the areas where your energy might be incomplete in your life. For example:

  • Unpaid or incomplete taxes
  • Friendships where you may have had a falling out
  • Career, business or personal matters where you felt you failed or came up short
  • Creative projects that you may have started but not completed
  • Relationships where you did not communicate or receive closure

2)      When you have finished go through your list and circle those that you are willing to work on and complete. But only commit to those you know that you actually desire, want and know you will complete.

3)      For the remaining items, get some small blank index cards or pieces of paper.

  • a. On the front of each write down the area or issue that you want to release.
  • b. On the back write down the feelings you have had about it, and how it makes you feel to have held on to these.

4)      Find a quiet place where you can be alone. Find a candle, matches and a metal bucket or container and go outside.

5)      Light your candle and for each one of the ‘incompletes’ you want to release say a little prayer of gratitude for it, then surrender it to spirit by burning the card/paper and placing it in the bucket. Repeat this ritual for each of the incompletes you need to surrender.

6)      Finally, take all the ashes once they have cooled and make sure to bury them in the ground, as you honour and give yourself complete permission to surrender all of this old energy.

7)      When you are done simply call back your soul energy and spirt from the past. Bring it into your being and feel yourself whole perfect and complete once again.

The Affirmation

Today I release the old to the divine fire of my soul, knowing that I am forgiven, restored and free.

The Question

Where am I holding on to the past and not allowing the new?

The Thought

What joy, freedom and fulfillment would be possible if I was willing to release my attachment to the past?

Day 3 – Initiation Through Death and Rebirth

Day 3 – Initiation Through Death and Rebirth

Day 3 - Initiation Through Death and Rebirth

by Les Price | The 21 Day Soul Cleanse

“All human life has its seasons and cycles, and no one’s personal chaos can be permanent. Winter, after all, gives way to spring and summer, though sometimes when branches stay dark and the earth cracks with ice, one thinks they will never come, that spring, and that summer, but they do, and always.”
Truman Capote

Whether we realise it or not, we are all on an eternal journey of being born into life, death and rebirth.

All of our lives travel in cycles of beginnings, middles and completions. Our job as human’s living a spiritual existence is to honour these cycles and transitions in our lives, rather than resisting them, for when we do our lives take on new meaning, we find ourselves letting go and surrendering more to the process of life, than trying to hold onto something that has already changed and transformed and wishes to be set free into the new.

Change of any type however is not easy for the ego which wishes to hold onto form, the material and substance that we associate as being our lives. Your spirit and soul on the other hand has not attachments and is free to shift and change as it pleases. And here within exists most of the conflict and struggle that we human’s experience in life.

Awakening your soul and spirit to your inner-greatness will take you on a journey of self-discovery deep into your being. It is here that we are often brought to the precipice of change, the hold threshold where we are called to make a decision. Jump or be pushed, the choice is still always ours to make. Yet in the midst of this initiation we are being presented with something even deeper, an opportunity to face our fears, to find our strength and to grow. We are being offered both a test and a gift.

So as you reflect back on your life, look for the moments that literally ‘made you’ today. Often the most character and spirit defining moments of our lives have been those where we rose up against the odds to discover that we were much more than we appeared to be. That we were resilient, strong, loving and courageous in our own right. These spirit-filled moments of existence are the fuel that our soul dwells and thrives on, for it realises that no test will ever go unanswered, and no challenge is provided without some form of gift.

Life, death and rebirth are all part of the same cycle. Just as the trees do not try to hold onto their dying leaves in autumn, so too we are encouraged to go with the flow of our life seasons, to travel lightly, and to know trust and believe that even in our deepest winters, spring is around the corner, and the divine within us is hard at work shaping us into who we were truly meant to be.

The Practice

The process of refining the human soul and spirit is not always easy. Often higher-guidance will bring to our awareness the patterns, beliefs and behaviours that we most need to heal and release at this time. It’s akin to taking a snow dome, those little clear water enclosed scenes that are filled with glitter and shaking it up. While we may not see the snow when the dome is resting one our desk, the moment we move or shake it, the residue that once was on the bottom is now comes up to be seen.

In these moments we are being called to purification, the ancient ritual of releasing the impurities that have held us back, so that when the time is right to move into our new lives we can travel more easily. Just as fire is used to heat gold to a very high temperature so that the impurities within can rise to the top and be removed, today our practice provides a purification process for your soul.

1)      Find a comfortable place where you will not be disturbed and close your eyes.

2)      Imagine walking down a flight of ten stairs into a magnificent healing chamber and temple. You may imagine something a little like the ancient temples in Egypt, Greece or Lemuria.

3)      In the centre of this temple a ceremonial fire is burning, and you know intuitively it has been created for you to purify, release and surrender all energies you have carried as part of your identity that no longer serve you moving forward.

4)      You now begin to take of the old clothes, the old coverings, the old husk that has kept you firm in your old identity. You give yourself permission now to release these so you can allow the new to enter.

5)      Gather up all these coverings, layers and all old energy, beliefs and patterns that no longer serve you. Place them now into the fire of your soul and release them to the light. Continue this process until you feel clear, clean and ready now to take the next step in your life.

6)      Clean and pure, you now see a doorway into the chamber of transformation and progression. All you need to do as the initiate is find the strength, courage and willingness to step forward, through this door – and enter the chamber now.

7)      Here within this chamber exists both the test and the gift for you. Pay attention to both of these:

a.       What is the test that you need to fulfill at this time? How will fulfilling this help your soul learn, grow & evolve?

b.       What is the gift that comes with this experience? Are you ready to accept it?

The Affirmation

Today I choose to travel lightly through life, and as I surrender my ego’s need to know and hold on, life rewards me with new life, new growth and new opportunities.

The Question

What have been the greatest lessons from the soul defining moments of my past?
And who have I become through this process?

The Thought

My soul and spirit are eternal and infinite. They know no bounds. They have no beginning or end. And with this understanding I can allow myself to flow through life and experience the different seasons with grace, love and ease.

Day 4 – Finding the Will to Forgive

Day 4 – Finding the Will to Forgive

Day 4 - Finding the Will to Forgive

by Les Price | The 21 Day Soul Cleanse

“Resentment is like drinking poison, and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
Nelson Mandela

There is by far no greater gift for self-liberation and personal transformation than the power of forgiveness.

For centuries mystics, religious scholars and teachers have espoused the benefits that one receives the moment that they choose to embrace forgiveness. But letting go of past upsets, hurts and disappointments is not always easy.

When we hold onto past hurt, anger, pain and disappointments our bodies naturally enter into states of contraction. Our energy slows and we store these emotions energetically in our body’s cells, tissues and organs. The result is that we can often become blocked, stagnant and resistant to grace, flow and love.

So as you tune into your body today, simply ask yourself, “Where am I choosing to hold onto past anger, hurt and resentment?”. “And to whom do I need to embrace and offer forgiveness?”.

As we do this it is important to understand that true forgiveness does not necessarily mean that what the other person did was right. Many times we may have been inappropriately wronged, but in remembering that we can either hold onto feelings of being a victim, or letting go and reclaiming our divine birth right is a choice that we hold firmly in our hands.

Finally, the most important person we need to forgive in life is often ourselves. If you had an upbringing like myself, where you were conditioned to meet the expectations of others and be over-critical with yourself, then you will understand the need to release and forgive yourself for all the moments where you have fallen short, failed or not lived up to the expectations and standards of others. We need to reclaim our self-love in these moments and come to understand that, we can simply relax, let go, and do our best.

The Practice

Today’s practice is all about letting go of the energies and attachments that you have held onto from the past that limit your soul’s growth and movement. Your soul already understands intuitively what you need to release in each moment. Therefore, all you need to do is be willing and allow your soul, heart and spirit to call forth and release those moments where you have felt offended or hurt in the past.

1)      Close your eyes and imagine in front of you is a large cocoon of golden white light.

2)      Call on your soul now to bring forth the people who you have held anger, resentment, hurt or offence with from the past.

a.       Imagine each of these people coming forth and stepping into the cocoon of light

3)      When everyone you need to send healing and forgiveness to has arrived, then begin to imagine a beam of blue healing light energy that travels in a figure eight (similar to an infinity symbol.

a.       Allow one loop of the light to flow around the cocoon and all those within it

b.       Allow the other loop to flow around yourself, as you imagine this healing light now flowing from you, to them, and back to yourself.

4)      When you feel ready, simply say out loud the following forgiveness prayer and affirmation.

a.       I now completely forgive and release everyone who has hurt, disappointed or offended me from my past. While what you have done may have not been right, I now choose to forgive and release you completely. I now cut and release the aka cords of energy between us that have held any negativity in place, knowing that I do this for the healing of my own soul and spirit. I now release you completely and I call back my spirit and take back my power on all levels. It is done. It is done. It is done.

5)      Then simply take a moment to see the blue healing light completely separate the cocoon from yourself.

6)      Now imagine beautiful angels of light that come down and take the cocoon and all the old energy within it up into the light of source, where it is healed, transmuted and released for the higher good.

7)      Feel the freedom of energy within yourself, and make sure to nurture yourself today by doing something that is good and caring for you.

8)      Finally, if you feel the need you can repeat the above process for yourself, knowing that you can simply place the shadow, negative or critical aspect of your own ego into the cocoon, and free yourself from all negative patterns and conditioning.

The Affirmation

I now forgive myself and release myself from all past mistakes, errors and misjudgments.

The Question

Who do I most need to forgive in my life?

The Thought

I can choose to forgive everyone (including myself) who may have hurt, offended or disappointed me. Therefore, today I choose freedom to reclaim my power and live my life anew. Today I simply relax, let go and do my best.