Thalassophobia. It’s a fear of big, open water. I’ve had it ever since my kids were born. This week my younger son and I attended a marine biology summer camp in Key Largo, which included two snorkel trips every day, in the ocean. On the first trip we saw 4 shadowy sharks, in cavern-y, dark expanses, and my fears opened wide.
So, as I entered the water the following day, I shared with the ocean that I wanted to “know my true nature.” (I do this a lot when I enter the woods, it’s awesome!). I opened my heart, and began swimming.
Just like that, the words, “you are fearless and wild and free,” entered my brain, and then...everything shifted. I remembered. I remembered that anything that isn’t my true nature is an acquired, learned, inherited belief or energy pattern - and that I could give it back. I could give back this fearful energetic pattern. And, that just on the other side of the fear was my true nature. It has been there all along.
Almost at once the ocean was a magical, free, curious realm, full of adventure for this playful mermaid. Up and down, in and out, nothing was off limits. And the feeling hasn’t really diminished since that experience, even now, back in the car heading home.
SO. My takeaway, that I’d like to share, is that when one is feeling anything less than fearless, wild, and free, we can always ask to know our true nature, and then listen to the feeling, answer, words that appear. And, even if we don't hear an answer that we recognize, we can choose to give back an inherited, acquired, or learned belief/energy/story that is a barrier between our awareness and our fearless, wild and free nature.
One way or another, we can restore our power.
Norma Van Horn