Facing Fear Leads to Freedom

Facing Fear Leads to Freedom

Trusting Your Intuitive Wisdom is Risky Business

Teresa Lampmann, Spiritual Director and Author

Getting to the heart of an issue means intuitively getting to the truth of what’s happening by connecting with what you are feeling emotionally and physically.  Moving away from an analytical, reasoning place in your mind to a felt sense in your heart requires a long, loving, look at the real.  This takes courage because you are making a choice to believe in yourself, what you know to be true, rather than buying into what others want you to believe.

By connecting with your heart you are tapping into your feminine wisdom resources – your embodied wisdom as a woman, your soul wisdom as a woman, and a universal feminine source as Divine Wisdom.  Centered in love, you receive insight about the true nature of an issue that is of concern.  Once you see the issue with amazing clarity, then that wonderful analytical mind becomes an ally in developing a well-reasoned plan of action.  Here’s the risk.

The actions that may be best for you emerge from the wholeness of who you are.  Because your soul-map is as unique to you as your fingerprint, choosing to trust what you sense is true, and following where that path leads, will bring change.  Friends and family will notice you are different.

Insights May Challenge the Cultural Norm

“Developing a personal relationship with our intuitive, instinctual ways of knowing…has another roadblock.  The insights we receive may challenge the cultural norm.”  The ABC Path toward True Wisdom, p 4.*

Our current experience as women is through the patriarchal filter defining the cultural norm.  It is men’s experience, men’s values, and men’s visions that established our laws, our ethics, and our religions.  As you open to becoming your true self as a woman, trusting your intuitive wisdom to show the way, there may be challenges to long-held beliefs that no longer make sense.  Here’s the risk.

It takes courage to ask the hard questions, face the betrayal of false beliefs, and let go of views that limit your potential.   Just ask Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz!  I love this classic tale of young Dorothy coming into her own power by disarming the control of that bellowing All-Knowing Oz. **

Dorothy discovered the powerful voice claiming to hold the wisdom she needed was an illusion created by a little man to amplify his own voice.  In the end she discovered she always had what she needed to get herself home.  The answer had been with her all along.

Like Dorothy, the journey to find your way home to your true self means facing your fears, challenging false assumptions, and exposing the illusions that hold you hostage.  And you too have what you need to find your own answers.

Insights May Challenge Long Held Beliefs

“Women who experience spiritual truths outside the accepted cultural norm face the challenge of naming and owning their story as authentic in their lives.  This can make us feel alone on this journey unless there are opportunities to meet with other women to hear supporting stories.”  The ABC Path toward True Wisdom, p. 4.

Your intuitive wisdom is designed to bring your unique gifts into being.  A belief that prevents you from being your true self or inhibits you from giving expression to your deepest desires, is a false belief that needs to be challenged.  Here’s the risk.

Challenging beliefs on your own can be unsettling or shattering, leaving you feeling alone and vulnerable.  Work with a spiritual director, life coach, or counselor as you explore beliefs that feel more like an authentic fit for you and your experience.

Also, gather with other women seeking to live their truth.  “Find your tribe” as the saying goes.  Feel the support of other women on the journey.  There are many on-line women’s circles if you don’t know women in your area.

The Key Is to Seek the Truth

To address the risks involved in trusting your intuitive wisdom to guide you, seek to know the truth.  Seeking the truth opens the door to living your truth.

  • When something doesn’t feel right, ask questions – even when you fear the answers.  It is better to know the truth and deal with it, than to live under a cloud of worry about what may or may not be true.
  • When something you believed to be true starts to feel at odds with the truth of your experience:
    • Become curious
    • Do some research
    • Explore the origin of your belief
    • Speak with experts in the field
    • Talk with other women you trust to hear what they have come to believe through their journey to be true to themselves

After you have gathered what you need to be able to discern for yourself what feels true for you, take time to sit quietly, center in your heart, and connect with what you are feeling emotionally and physically.  Invite your intuitive wisdom to show you what’s true for you.  Share your insights with a trusted spiritual companion.

Yes, there are risks in trusting your intuitive wisdom to guide you.  However, the risks are an invitation to face your fears.  Facing your fears leads to freedom – the freedom to be your true self and live your best life.

Share Your Story

What is the biggest risk you will face when you trust your intuitive wisdom and go where the path leads you?  Share your comments in the section provided.  Follow this blog to receive each post in your email.

*For more information on trusting what’s best for your journey read “About the Path” p. 3-4.
**To expand the Dorothy metaphor for women’s spiritual journey read “Justified Joy” p. 69-72.
Both are chapters in my book, The ABC Path toward True Wisdom.

True Wisdom

Teresa Lampmann completed a certificate program in women’s spirituality in 1998 and two certificate programs in spiritual direction, one in 1997 and recently in 2015.  Her book, The ABC Path toward True Wisdom, offers stories, reflections, and personal rituals to engage women in trusting their heart for the truth about what matters most in their lives. 

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