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Impermanence, Fear and “The Work”

Photo by Dana Nollsch http://www.photozen.us/

Hiking at Red Rocks this weekend, Dana and I noticed a powerful juxtaposition. We could feel the ancientness of the rocks, vivid and vibrant in red, orange, yellow, and white. We could also see and feel the junipers, pines, sage and scrub in the sandy earth struggle for survival. We felt the fragility of the ecosystem, and also of the energetic ecosystem that seemed to pause, held-breath, awaiting some transformational event, or perhaps, less dramatically, just the return of winter’s blessed moisture.

As George Harrison said, “All things must pass.” Some things transform slowly, like the rocks. Others a little more rapidly but subtly, like a change in seasons. Others change much more radically, like the Eastern Seaboard during the rampage of Hurricane Sandy.

Sandy painfully reminded us of the law of impermanence. Awareness of the impermanence of anything important to us has the potential to trigger fear. This response is wired into our egos and survival software. It serves an important function in our survival, in that it prompts us into action in life-threatening situations. However, in times like these of abundant change, we may feel like fear becomes our constant companion.

We may allow fear to be our teacher. Our fears may illuminate those places within where we lack faith in the Universe or trust in ourselves or others. We may discover old belief systems about the ways of the world, in place from early life, but no longer serving or reflecting our truth. For those who believe in past-lives, there may also be an awareness of traumatic endings in need of clearing. Fear may serve another purpose, in helping us to grow in compassion and empathy, as we acknowledge this too as part of the human condition we all share. Look at the way communities band together in times of strife. Where once neighbors may have barely acknowledged one another, they now come together to ensure the survival of all and to rebuild their way of life.

Non-survival-related fears may be fed by the stories that we tell ourselves. This may be a good time to remind you of a resource that has helped me and my clients to explore the stories deep within that fuel fears, to reframe those stories into amazing insights, and to “embrace what is.” “The Work of Byron Katie is a way of identifying and questioning the thoughts that cause all the anger, fear, depression, addiction, and violence in the world. Experience the happiness of undoing those thoughts through The Work, and allow your mind to return to its true, awakened, peaceful, creative nature.” To learn more, visit: http://www.thework.com/index.php.

Where am I in relation to faith and fear?

What am I learning about my inner-workings from the ways my fears show up?

Which of my stories might I wish to challenge or re-write?

How will my life be different when I am more willing and able to choose faith than fear?

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4 Responses to Impermanence, Fear and “The Work”

  1. DanaMeister says:

    Denise, Your posts have been very timely with what I’ve been experiencing! The law of impermance!! I know on one level how nothing stays the same. On another level I just want something safe to hold onto. Shelter in the storm so to say.

    I know the shelter I seek can only be found within myself. I acknowledge that source is with me always, more so when I allow it. Still, I yearn for connection on / in the physical realm. It seems I’ve got one foot in the physical and one in the non physical…trying to balance something that was never intended to be balanced in the first place.
    The human / spirit dance…

  2. I love you so, Sweet Angel, and I honor your and our journey, our physical-ness and spirit-ness. I see you so beautifully whole and full of creativity!

    • Joy Day says:

      It’s so beautiful to see into the window of your connection with one another, Dana and Denise.

      Fear can be so overwhelming when not questioned. Fear is always caused by the story we decide to believe. When I am fearful, I remind myself that all things, circumstances, and events are neutral until I make up a story around them. Realizing that I have made up a story frees my inner being to question that story using “The Work” or parts of “The Work.” My favorite question that Byron Katie taught me during my 9 day intensive workshop with her is, “Can I know that this [story] is true?” Sometimes I just ask that question in my mind and the story lets go of me.

      On the subject of faith, I have the most amazing “knowing” that nothing whatsoever can ding or damage my essence, my I AM, the Source of who I am. I am always safe at an essence level. Nothing can separate me from who I really am, Divine Creation in motion.

  3. I so love the thoughts and wisdom you share, Joy. Will you be blogging soon too? I hope so! You’re an amazingly wise spirit with so much to offer. Love Love Love You!

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