“Seek, and you shall find, knock, and it shall be opened to you.”
Whenever our boundaries are expanded, we feel happy. Whenever our boundaries are contracted, we feel small, we become identified with a small cocoon. We become unhappy. So the whole idea is extend our boundaries.”
When we want to open ourselves to new realities, fear comes up to keep us in our place. “What if I’m wrong? What if I fail?”
What if, instead of stopping you, you saw fear as a good thing? A sign that you’re moving in the right direction? That in order to give yourself the best possibility of making your dreams a reality, you need new knowledge. You need the sort of knowledge that releases old belief systems, and replaces them with new ones.
From the beginning, we’re taught that knowledge is scary. New knowledge is dangerous.
How do you turn immortal beings into toads? You burn books.
Knowledge is the greatest motivator. The only reason people are not motivated is we’re not exposed to knowledge.
… what sort of knowledge does the media present today? Only as much as they need to present to get them to go out and buy a hamburger. Not enough to inspire people to let them know what’s really possible in life.
New knowledge is empowering. New knowledge about ourselves is liberating.
A few days ago I was coaching a man who found out through an exercise I had him do how arrogant he is.
“I’m not arrogant,” he told me. “No one who knows me would suggest I’m arrogant.”
“I would,” I said, “and I’ve only known you for 30 minutes. Do you know how many times you’ve told me that ‘everyone should be doing this, or doing that?'”
“Everyone should be more mindful of their health,” he said.
“I agree,” I told him, “but that’s not what you’re saying. You’re saying that everyone ‘should’ do it the way YOU think they should. Not only that but you keep talking about changing the world. What have you done here in Denver with these ideas?”
I thanked him for his honesty. “Arrogance is a mask of fear.” He wrote that down. “You’re talking about changing the world, and you haven’t done anything to start change in Denver. The reason you won’t, it seems to me, is because unless everyone here does what you think they should be doing, you’ll see yourself as a failure. That’s why, rather than doing something, you’ve just been talking about it for years.”
The difference between coaching and therapy is that I get to get in your face and argue with you about your bullshit.
You have to have knowledge that allows you to dream greater dreams. You have to have the willingness, and the passion to step outside the boundaries of your own comfort zone, and your need for conformity, to try doing something that humanity would consider insane. And yet, done without proper knowledge, it is insanity. Done with the proper knowledge, it’s considered heroism. It’s considered brilliance. It’s considered genius.”
Where do you find this “proper” knowledge? Exactly where the “authorities” don’t want you to look – inside of you. You’ll find that the perennial wisdom you’ve been afraid of is yours. It always has been.