Dragons and Courage: Where Do We Fall?

Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”  – Rainer Maria Rilke

We can be quite fearful. We find shadows behind every bush, every rock and under our own bed, it seems.  Fear lurks everywhere. Read social media lately?  We can never be too prepared. We can never have enough of anything to overcome all of the fire breathing dragons that come at us in relentless fashion. We hold our bodies and minds in constant tension – sword in hand, waiting in anxious anticipation for the next attack. “Guard yourself”, we whisper, or “Be eaten alive.”

Suppose for a moment we realized that the dragons we most fear are deeply misunderstood parts of ourselves.  Suppose we recognized that they are born of our own fears, our own shadows, and our own perceived lack.  They come from our belief that we are not equipped at all for this battle, and most of all, they come from the illusion that we are fighting this battle alone.

Suppose however, in those moments of battle, we attempt to put down our sword. What if we can quiet ourselves long enough to feel and remember that we are not alone. We have constant unassailable help in more ways than we could ever comprehend.  God is always with us – asking only to be recognized. Not for the sake of recognition, but for the sake of ourselves.  We are sustained, encouraged, comforted, guided, led and uplifted in every moment of time. Do we accept that? Choice can be tricky.

If we can attempt to be still and recognize the Almighty, this presence would come rushing in faster than we could even finish our thought. We are not our thoughts. We are not our judgements upon ourselves. We are precious in the sight of our Creator, because we are each precious creations.  It is already known what needs we have. Ask – try. We have guidance every single step of the way. Eternal Wisdom truly lights our path. Do we see?

Swords would no longer be needed.  Tension would leave our bodies, as we are filled with loving peace.  All dragons and shadows would be seen for what they are.  They would be healed in Loving Light.  We would know in each and every moment – we are not never isolated. We are not alone.

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