Are You Willing To Stand In The Fire?

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In 2012, Nik Wallenda made history when he crossed the Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Faced with challenging conditions, he stood in the fire through it all and never let down on his concentration.

In 2012, Nik Wallenda made history when he crossed the Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Faced with challenging conditions, he stood in the fire through it all and never let down on his concentration.

It has been an intense season for me. I have had to navigate and dig into my beliefs and emotions around money and some really deep stuff. It comes with a series of crucial conversations with myself and with the people I care about.

I experienced the highs of having a renewed purpose that is so strong and clear that it makes me tremble, and the lows of crashing from that high into the gulf of disappointment and feelings of hopelessness.

It was all very uncomfortable. I gained a new level of insight and breakthrough each time I emerged from a low, and just as I was riding that wave of celebration and invincibility, a new wave hits and pulls me into another low deeper than the one before.

Layer by layer, my beliefs were challenged and started to crumble. As this happened, layer by layer, my core was revealed to me and a newer me was calling to be reborn.

I have never been into prayers but I started praying this time. I prayed for light, guidance and support.

With the gratitude and grace of having good coaches and friends around me, and daily practices that allow me to use these trying experiences for higher growth rather than be sucked into a downward spiral, I don’t wallow in the low and instead find my way through it to discover its hidden gifts.

I stood in the fire. And I am blessed to have people who were willing to stand in the fire with me, holding the space for the breakdown and the breakthrough.

Standing in the fire means being willing to go through the physical, mental, emotional and psychological discomfort that comes with your growth and stretch, knowing that you will emerge on the other side a renewed You once it is all over, ready for the next level.

I know that whatever discomfort I was going through, it does not last and it is a necessary perturbation for the emerging transformation.

Here is an analogy that I commonly use for describing the process of perturbation.

Have you seen a diamond before? That sparkling object which captivates the hearts of many and fetches a flashy price. Where did they come from, and how are they naturally formed?

What a caterpillar is to a butterfly, the unimpressive carbon is to the stunning diamond.

A diamond is formed when the carbon mineral is put under immense pressure and high temperatures for billions of years, deep in the Earth’s mantle. This is the necessary perturbation for the carbon to be transformed into diamond.

Think about what discomforts you are experiencing in your life right now. It could be something that you feel called to move towards but are afraid of doing so, or something difficult you are going through and just want to get out of it as soon as possible.

What is your necessary perturbation? What is wanting to be born?


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