My mother named me after a British novel written in 1740. In high school, I read Pamela (aka Virtue Rewarded) (hah — another little connected link) for an English assignment. As a 15-yr old girl at the time, I became offended by the fate she had placed upon me to be an object pursued and used by men for their selfish needs. I had missed the point, actually, until this very writing. I now know that she was a beautiful woman who was constantly being pursued by men who wanted to control her; however, she was a pioneer in her time. She was committed to being self-sufficient, making her own choices, and becoming successful in her own right. I had missed, or rather was ignorant to the fact, that Pamela was an epic example of The Hero’s Journey showing her separation from what was familiar, experiencing an initiation when she answered the call to adventure, and returning victorious as she pushed through the scariest things she could imagine. Cool! Thank you, Mum!
Through all the links connected through this class including this one, I asked, “What would the person I intend to become do next?” My spunky little inner self responded, “Close your 14-year, very successful private practice office. It has provided all that it could add to you. It is time to move on.” WHAT?! I meditated and prayed for many months, oddly even before this class began. (I guess I knew in my heart that it was time.)
“Everything which we hold in our consciousness for any length of time becomes impressed upon our subconsciousness and so becomes a pattern which the creative energy will wave into our life and environment . . . what we think is what is created or produced in the objective world . . . if we wish a change in conditions all that is necessary is to change our thought; this will in turn change our mental attitude, which will in turn change our personality, which will in turn change the persons, things, and conditions, or, the experiences with which we meet in life . . . as soon as you have done this you will begin to attract new things.” (Haanel)
Courage is moving forward in spite of the fear you feel . . . then your comfort zone expands. It is the “treasure” of pain that gets you to you bliss. “When you follow your bliss, [God] will open doors where there were only walls.” (Joseph Campbell) All that matters is that we showed up and took risks! Then, unseen forces rearrange things to accommodate your step of faith. BAM! I have always understood and often said,“I can help more people through my network marketing business than I ever could with my two hands.”
Here I stand in my power pose as we empty my office ready to take on the world already seeing the rewards being handed to me by my dragon. “Dare to believe . . . nothing can . .. stand in the way of [my] perfect success . . . [I] have become free!” (Haanel)