During my meditation today a Mountain Lion came into view and shared with me his insights about climbing towards a vision. Much of what he shared with me was demonstrated as I watched him scale and leap among cliffs and rocks as he ascended towards a ledge high above. I could see the outline of his muscles as they tensed to prepare to jump. He was a shining example of strength, agility and courage leaping several times his height as if he exerted no effort at all.
First I saw him climbing up jagged bare rock. He began to talk to me about his journey.
“You can’t always go in a direct path…you must see which next step makes the most sense…the step that takes you further but also keeps you on solid footing.”
I watched him for a while traversing the rocks and cliffs, sometimes forward and directly up, sometimes a bit sideways and then back around to go up again. Next he took a huge leap towards a landing very high up. He almost missed but grasped the top ledge with his huge front paws. Suspended in air he struggled a bit and then found a footing for his hind legs giving him the leverage to pull himself onto the ledge. Whew. From here he sees far off into the distance….and the path from which he has come.
He shared with me: “That was close. I knew it was a little risky but I had to try. That spot was calling to me. Being here now I can see the rest of my climb more clearly. Our visions take us on a varied path and sometimes that place we know we need to get to seems further than we might be able to leap to. Remember that even though that place may appear slightly out of your reach, you would not be shown it if you were not capable of getting there.
Prepare yourself. Trust. Hold the vision clearly in your mind. And then leap.
Once you are there…as I am here…you have a different perspective. It looks different for me here. I notice some trees jutting out off in the distance. I think I would like to find my way there and enjoy the shade. Had I not made the leap here, I wouldn’t have seen those trees. They were not visible from where I was before. Each movement forward or sideways brings you a new vantage point. From there more possibilities become apparent.
Enjoy your journey. See the path unfold in front of you and know that the only destination is the adventure. You were meant to explore and enjoy! “
For the last couple of years I have been climbing towards a new vision and I understand what Mountain Lion was talking about. There have been times I seemed to have gone more sideways than forward but now that I am further out I understand why those side steps were necessary.
More recently I have been faced with that cliff that seems out of my reach. My guides have told me very clearly, “write the book”. And honestly, it terrifies me. It terrifies me because in the book I will share some of my childhood experiences. The thought of “telling” brings up feelings of panic and terror. Trying to tell when I was four got my dog killed and me tortured. And even though my adult intellect knows they cannot hurt me or my animals now, that 4-year-old is terrified. Even writing this blog is very scary.
But I’m not that helpless 4-year-old now. Now I have tools. I have learned ways to parent that child, to help her feel safe. I have learned how to listen to the true inner voice and the wisdom of my guides. I have learned how to manage my personal energy so that I know what is mine and what is not (most times ;-)). I can move forward. I can do this. And still I will be scared. But I will be true to myself and that matters more than anything. I will be true to my vision that every woman survivor deserves to know that her experiences were a catalyst for her to do great things in the world if she chooses. She is not a victim; she is a heroine.
Deep within each of us is a vision, a calling for our life. You may not yet be consciously aware of it…but it is there under the noise.
Your vision doesn’t need to be grandiose but it absolutely needs to come forth.
Are you ready to take the leap?
I invite you to share your vision here with the rest of the world…or at least the readers of this blog. There is something very powerful about claiming your truth in the world.
It is safe here.
Be my guest.