Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Speaking of Anxiety

From Guest Contributer, James Mayfield Smith, Applied Mythologist and Shamanic Breathwork™ student responding to a friend struggling with anxiety:

Dear One,
Thank you for the gift of speaking your truth about your anxiety.   My life is enriched by your model of what it looks like to step into your courage enough to speak your full truth and follow your inner guides even when this shows up contrary to how your ego wants to be seen.  I continue to enjoy the many gifts that followed my willingness to become authentic and courageous.

I have seen you taking ownership for your anxiety in the past two years.  You are fully feeling this anxiety now and are not being unconsciously run by it.  I see your struggle and admire you for your willingness.  I recall the wisdom of the Dalai Lama, as he shares the gifts of the dance of anger and how it requires patience and compassion.  My prayer is that you can find the patience and compassion to be kind and gentle to yourself as you dance with your anxiety.

It seems to me that you are clearly nursing a breakthrough in this area of your life.  The discomfort of your anxiety is pushing you and demanding you to go deep, be authentic and connect with your source and to others in a genuine way.  Would you step out like this if it were easier or if you could numb it down with your many tools???  Spirit has something amazing in store for you and your life, and whatever it is requires you to practice these traits which only this dance with anxiety demands.  And you need not even worry what that thing is...you can simply do what needs to be done in the present...Trust... Breathe...Remember...Surrender...in this now moment.  Then again in the next.  And then again in the next.  Imagine the possibilities of service to others when such consciousness takes root...this is powerful, deep work that you are gifting to the world. 
I see you and I hear you.  You are not alone.

James Mayfield Smith

Harnessing the Power of Story for Educational Sales - Part 1: The Strategic Use of Story to Sell  http://www.educationbusinessblog.com/2009/07/harnessing_the_power_of_story.html

Harnessing the Power of Story for Educational Sales - Part 2: The Tactical Use of Story to Sell  http://www.educationbusinessblog.com/2009/08/harnessing_the_power_of_story_1.html

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My journey in life has been a spiral path of wholeness that continues to move through cycles of change taking me through many symbolic death and rebirth experiences, which I refer to as “shamanic portals of transformation.” I have learned more than I ever thought possible through a process I will share with you in my future writings, called the Shamanic Breathwork™ process, and the five initiations process called S.H.I.P. Once I have made sense of the lessons on my path and discovered the bigger picture, I am ready to pass on and share both my stumblings and my leaps along the way. In my own spiritual quest, I have always appreciated most those who shared their struggles and victories in an authentic way. That will be my humble attempt within the context of this blog.

I believe that we are all indigenous to this earth. I respect all my relations, whether they be human, animal, plant, mineral, visible or invisible ones. We are all related by the great web of life and sent here from the great beyond. Everything we say and do touches all parts of this magnificent web of creation. If I treat myself or anyone else unfairly, we are all affected in some way. Fortunately, the converse is true, as well. I am not perfect. If I am honest and have humility, I can admit that I will make mistakes as I seek to further evolve my conscious awareness. I can also make living amends by striving to change my negative thoughts and behaviors, and live from a more open-hearted connection to others and to myself. I have learned over time that all the changes I seek in the outer world must begin by looking within myself first. I have also learned that it is imperative that I have the courage to be honest with myself and to look at the “shadow” side of my personality. When I have had the courage to truly know myself better, the light and the dark, I have found the inner strength to change my life and shape-shift myself into the light of my true soul’s image.

From time to time I will share different programs and events that are being offered through my non profit organization (Venus Rising Institute for Shamanic Healing Arts) in my blog, as well as photos, videos and teachings, etc. But the main purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet to share the inner musings of my shamanic spirit and journey, and to hear yours as well. I look forward to connecting with all of you who intuitively know that you, too, are a valuable part of the shamanic process of conscious co-creation and evolution on the planet at this time. We each have a role to play and a soul purpose in the drama unfolding in our world today. Together we can create a better place for all beings on earth to live and leave a powerful legacy for those who are yet to come.

I believe we will all be remembered by future generations for the choices we make during this time of huge evolutionary change. In the words of the wonderful poem, “Summer Day,” by Mary Oliver, “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

In Love, In Service, In Gratitude,
Star Wolf
Feb 2nd 2009