Fearlessness—what does it mean and how does one attain it? Over the years, I’ve searched and studied it. I’ve yearned to embody it. I’ve sensed fearlessness at times but never really believed that I had the capacity to fully embrace it. Others were fearless, I simply read about it.
Spiritual teacher, Adyashanti, says that fearlessness isn’t the opposite of fear. Instead, fearlessness is a bold sense of “allowing everything to be as it is.” It is an ease of being in which I let go of my mental grip and let life flow. In being fearless, I relinquish my control over people and situations. I allow you freedom to work through your own stuff and to do your own thing. As I allow you to be as you are—I set myself free. It is the ultimate win-win.
To be fearless is to trust—to deeply trust the flow and organic movement of life. To be fearless is not something you can achieve but is instead a natural way of being. Fearlessness, Adya says, is the equivalent of love.
I’ve learned through trial and error that controlling less and trusting more is to live fearlessly. I feel more alive and curious than ever before. There is a lighter spring in my step and more joy in my life. I’ve embraced a fresh, new way of living in which I allow others to move more freely in and out of my life. In giving others more freedom to be, I unblock from the burden of force things to happen and trying to control people and situations—and I have to tell you—it is glorious way to live.
After all of these years of searching, I believe that I’ve finally experienced a deep truth of what it means to live fearlessly—it is to trust in the flow of life and allow others for be. It is a great offering of love. As I let you be, I unburden myself—and in so doing—I set myself free.
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