One of my Platinum Coaching clients – I’ll call her Sylvia – is on the brink.
She has spent the past year healing and releasing old “stuff,” opening up to new ideas, and getting super clear – and now she has created some very exciting opportunities. All the she has to do is say yes, keep moving forward, and trust herself.
We were discussing this during our coaching call last week. We talked about how fast things are moving for her. She admitted to being alarmed at the speed and effortlessness (and yes, fear) she was experiencing. She laughed and said, “Well, I guess I asked for this. I mean, last year at your retreat I pretty much told the Universe to Bring It On.”
I remembered that moment. And it gave me chills.
Last March, at my women’s retreat, Sylvia had pulled me aside and asked for some one-on-one time. We walked together in a downpour of rain to the riverbank. She shared some closely held pieces of her past, and she told me that she was ready to finally let them go. So, together, with rain beating down on us, we did a sort of makeshift ritual that involved some prayer, some laughter, and lots of sliding in the mud. Finally Sylvia pulled out a tiny remnant that represented this part of her past. She placed it in the river, and in silence, we watched it float away.
That’s when she told the Universe to “bring it on.”
“Bring it on” is one of the most powerful prayers I know. It says, “I’m tired of how I’ve been doing it. I’m ready to walk through the fire and burn away this stuff that has held me back. I’m ready to step up and live the life that is mine to live.”
“Bring it on” is not about gritting your teeth together and daring the Universe to hurt you – as if you were in a Bruce Willis movie or something. It’s about knowing you no longer have a choice. Your soul is now calling the shots, and it is speaking so loudly – pretty much shouting – that it is more challenging and debilitating for you to remain stuck in a place of reaction.
As Anais Nin said, “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
When you say, “Bring it on” to the Universe, you become empowered. You’re no longer living in reaction to the “darkness” – playing games of fear and avoidance. You know that your challenges have a purpose, and that you’re strong enough to find what lessons they offer. You cease running away, and start running towards, knowing that nothing can hurt you.
In Ursula LeGuin’s classic, A Wizard of Earthsea, the main character, Sparrowhawk, spends most of the book running from a shadow he created in a reckless moment at wizard school. Finally, the wise wizard, Ogion, tells Sparrowhawk to turn and seek out this shadow. He does. And the roles of Sparrowhawk and his shadow become reversed. He becomes the hunter. At the end of the book, he and this shadow become one.
In my own “Bring it on” moments, I think of Sparrowhawk.
Whenever I get frightened about a new idea, or an onslaught of “stuff” coming up as I attract some cool opportunity, I pause. I imagine myself turning around with my heart wide open. I imagine that I’m now facing this “stuff” head on. Like Sparrowhawk, I become the hunter. I smile and remember to say, “Bring it on.” It changes everything.
Remember this. You are wise enough to know when you’re hiding from your true purpose, or from an awakening, or a new direction. You’re wise enough to know when you are avoiding, or distracting yourself, or playing games of smallness. If you are nodding as you read this, then find a way to create your own ritual. Find a way to tell the Universe you’re ready.
And then Bring It On.