“But the soul has discovered the great secret: that she can tap directly into the image of her true nature and can manifest the freedom of oneness in the teeth of the gales of this world.”
Cynthia Bourgeault, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the woman at the Heart of Christianity (2010).
It takes a great deal of courage to journey into the heart to join with our True Self. Fortunately for us, beyond the rational and analytic mind lays a vast realm of knowing. Intuitive wisdom guides us to activate a new centre of intelligence that leads to Self-knowing and peace (Bourgeault).
Our work together has shown us how scary it can be to face our fear and trust the felt sense to guide us. In order to avoid being triggered by our deeply hidden inner terror it’s essential to make the journey with someone who will ‘stay awake’ during our crossing. From here, if we can stay with the feeling without squirming away from it, we enter a sacred space of alchemy.
A Course In Miracles calls these Mighty Companions; those we can rely on to stay grounded in their True Self enough to help us walk through our perceptions of fear and not join us in denial and projection. Experience has shown us that Mighty Companions can also take the form of an inner teacher such as Jesus, Buddha, The Dalai Lama or Mary Magdalene.
Safety is important. Even with steady guidance we must only go as far as it feels safe in the moment. If we can stay with uncomfortable feelings and avoid wallowing in self pity and story-making, the rewards are immense. Even a few moments spent sitting with discomfort can be transformational.
As we learn to stay present with fear, it dissolves into nothingness and allows our heart to expand into a deeper experience of love. Guidance from our inner self, witnessed and supported by those we trust, is the gateway to sanity.