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 10 – Remembering Who You Are

Day 10 – Remembering Who You Are

Day 10 - Remembering Who You Are

by Les Price | The 21 Day Soul Cleanse

“We can’t ask people to give to us something that we do not believe we’re worthy of receiving.
And you will know you are worthy of receiving it when you can trust yourself above everyone else.”

Brene Brown

 

How we choose to see ourselves ultimately determines the quality and value of the life that we live.

Our personal sense of self-worth and self-esteem are the greatest determinants of success. They both consciously and unconsciously set the thermostat for the level of abundance and fulfillment that we are willing to accept and attract.

But where do you get your self-esteem from? Is it being driven by other people’s perceptions of you, other people’s opinions or judgements, or is it being defined by your own sense of value and love of self?

As children we were all dependant on the feedback, opinions and judgements of others. In many ways we relied on these perceptions to shape who we were as people. However, as adults we need to stop and review these beliefs and perceptions and ask ‘Is that really who I am?’.

We are all being encouraged at this time to take back our sovereignty and power. We are being called to look beyond the opinions of others and remember who we really are – powerful, strong, courageous, resilient, compassionate, loving, eternal and infinite spirited beings who have the capacity to change and shape our lives in each moment.

When we choose to see ourselves through the limited lens of the human perspective, then we may see failures, setbacks, flaws and imperfections. Yet through the eyes of the divine, failures become learning points for future growth, setbacks become tests of persistence and patience that shape our character and make us stronger, flaws are seen as opportunities to stand out and be unique rather than trying to blend in, while imperfections provide the perfect platform for us to grow, learn, evolve and have compassion for ourselves.

In each moment we are being called to either see our lives through the eyes of the divine, or to surrender our self-value and worth to the opinions of others. Remembering who you ‘really’ are and reminding yourself of your value and worth on a daily basis is fundamental to living, creating and manifesting a rich life.

The Practice

Today we embrace the gift of mirror work in our contemplation and mindful approach to self-love and self-appreciation.

Take a moment to sit in front of a mirror and for at least 5 minutes look deeply into your own eyes and simply send love, compassion and acknowledgement to the you that is looking back. You may even want to say out loud ‘I love you, I value you and I appreciate you’.

If this part of the practice is hard for you to do, then you may wish to reflect on what belief, attitude or fear is keeping you separate from this truth.

Following the first 5 minutes of this mirror practice, I then want you to change perspective and see yourself in that mirror the way that God, the divine, a great mentor, coach or loving family member would see you.

Write down the words that they would use to describe who you really are – the you beyond the physical, the material and the personality.

Then take a moment to contemplate these words and descriptors and pick one to be your mantra for the day by placing it after the words ‘I am’ e.g. I am the light of the world. I am a divine child of God. I am a beacon of hope and infinite possibility for others.

The Affirmation

I was created in the eyes of the divine, therefore I am whole, perfect and complete as I am.

The Question

How would the divine choose to see me now?

The Thought

If no one is any better than me, and no one is any worse than me, then that means I am already more than enough. As I value my own talents and gifts and use them in service, my value grows, and I become one with the divine source of greatness that is already within me.

Day 11- Retreat and Renewal

Day 11- Retreat and Renewal

Day 11 - Retreat and Renewal

by Les Price | The 21 Day Soul Cleanse

“Silence is not the absence of something, but the presence of everything.”
John Grossman

 

When was the last time that you truly stopped and simply
spent time with your own spirit?

If you’re like many of us in this chaotic and hectic world of busyness, then I am sure that your life is filled with everything that you have to do, need to do and are expected do. But where does that leave time and space for our soul to be replenished, be renewed and revitalised?

While centuries ago it was quite common for young initiates to go away to a monastery to find themselves, in our modern times we are often overloaded with the expectations of what everyone else wants of us, that we rarely experience the quality times of pure silence, self-reflection and self-nourishment. Yet this is the very place that our true genius, creative expression and self-esteem arise.

We all need regular periods of retreat and renewal to replenish our mental, spiritual and emotional batteries.

We all need to spend time alone with ourselves in silence, in nature and in connection with our higher-selves.
Yet why do we find this so hard to do?

I remember once having a client who was a typical A-type personality. She was a real gun when it came to business and her career as a professional speaker, yet for her, the thought of spending just 10 minutes sitting on the back veranda with just a cup of tea and nothing else to do seemed impossible. It was like a part of her felt that her life had to be filled completely, or it would simply fall apart. God knows what would happen if she was to find herself doing nothing! Yet I believe the biggest instigator of this pattern at an unconscious level was a feeling of guilt.

Isn’t it funny how we are so conditioned to do, do, do all the time, that we rarely give any credos or credit to simply stopping and being one with our spirit? I actually wonder what would happen if those in the western world fully discovered the incredible benefit that arises from sitting and being still, without purpose or intent.

Every great business, political and spiritual leader that I know has dedicated themselves to taking regular sabbaticals or mini-retreats in order to refuel and reactivate their inner-flame. Its therefore no surprise that both Jesus Christ and The Buddha found themselves spending many days and nights alone in the dessert or mountains. For it was here that they could hear the inspired guidance of their souls. It was here that they could finally reconnect with the innate-intelligence of the universe, the God source that flowed through them and was them. The good news is … that you and I can do the same.

The Practice

Today’s practice is simple. Sit and do nothing.

Simply be. Be one with your soul. Be one with your spirit. And just allow the divine energy of who you are to flow through you and in you.

Treat this time today as sacred space. Whether it be 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes or and hour. Allocate it to your soul and spirit and simply sit in the power, presence and expansiveness of your own soul.

After you have spent your time in personal retreat. Open a notebook or journal and allow an inspired thought of expansion, connection and illumination to come to you.

The Affirmation

I now open my heart and spirit to experience the incredible joy of this moment of silence.

The Question

Who am I in the silence between my thoughts?

The Thought

When I free my mind to the presence of nothing, I allow everything to become possible. There is no separation. There are no boundaries or limitations. In my retreat I become one with the universe of infinite possibilities, and it is here that I finally come to know that all things are possible.