“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it is a feather bed.” Terence McKenna
What an inspired way of looking at life and work! There’s so much to love and apply here:
“Nature loves courage” — We often play small, play it safe, and stay in our comfort zone. Yet the world is always beckoning us, hoping that we’ll find the passion and courage to think big, to be risk takers. “Your dreams always always lie outside your comfort zone” — that’s what my wonderful friend and mentor Coach Mike Tully says — how true!
Commitment moves mountains — When we commit to something big, something that really stretches and pushes us, that excites and energizes us, then nature will remove even “impossible obstacles.” When we are unstoppable within, then nothing can stop us. We can do and become more than we believe we are capable of.
Expect to be lifted up — “Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up!” I love this — it’s so, so, well uplifting! When we dare to dream beyond what we believe is possible for us, then the world steps in and supports us. It becomes the wind beneath our wings and helps us soar to new, unimaginable heights.
Magic is available to us all — We can do what others we admire have done. If we know what they knew, then the same great achievements are available to us. We can become magicians. We can transform hinges. We can find the “alchemical gold” if we have the courage to expect the best of ourselves and the world.
When we jump, we land softly — When we take the leap, when we commit to doing something big, something that seems impossible, and hurl ourselves into it without holding back, then we learn that the “abyss” is really a “featherbed” — that the world cushions and protects and rewards us. How wonderful.
What joyful news all this is! Let’s feel the truth of it, take those leaps, and play bigger than we’ve been playing as we all write on!