Fotolia heart bridge in natureIt’s often said that fear is the opposite of love. And I suspect the reason this direct, pithy statement is used so frequently is that it’s helpful: it conveys an immediate and powerful reminder to find some way to move out of fear and into love.

Learning how to move out of fear and into love is an exquisite, courageous and essential thing to learn. We all know that fear prevents us from living radiant and fulfilling lives.

But telling ourselves that fear is the opposite of love isn’t the best way to jumpstart a move in the direction of an authentically fulfilling life, and here’s why:

It isn’t true.

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Fotolia ceremonial archI recently led a new six-week pilot class in which we explored different facets of the manifestation process and how they can be cultivated to experience greater abundance – of all forms - in our lives.

One of the facets we delved into was the balancing of our masculine and feminine energies, with the deeper understanding that masculine and feminine energies are not opposites – they are not meant to oppose each other. They are two complementary aspects of a seamless whole. That exploration yielded quite a few “aha!” moments for many of us.

A deepened insight that emerged for me was this: many people have been walking a spiritual path that isn’t serving them. And when their spiritual path doesn’t serve them, they can’t experience the deep level of fulfillment they long for.

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Fotolia angels dancingTheresa (not her real name) sat across from me, her head tilted slightly at an angle and her forehead wrinkled in concern. She had just finished telling me how long she has wanted to create an experience of financial prosperity, yet still she is struggling. She leaned forward and asked out loud, more to herself than to me:

“What am I doing wrong? Do I not want it enough? Is my intention not strong enough?”

The kinds of questions we ask ourselves when things aren’t going the way we want them to go are very revealing. Theresa’s questions expose an underlying belief in what I call “not-enough-ness,” and the vibration of that belief prevents us from experiencing fulfillment because fulfillment arises from fullness, and that is the opposite of “not-enough-ness.”

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Fotolia woman working at computerYears ago, when I first realized I didn’t actually want the corporate career I had so diligently and doggedly pursued, I did what many people do at the dawning of such a realization: I tried to figure out alternatives.

As part of that mental analysis, I outlined several options available to me based on my education and experience. One of those options was to open my own accounting or tax business, since I was a CPA. And so, just as diligently as I had pursued extra responsibilities at work so I could earn promotions and move up the career ladder, I continued taking Continuing Professional Education classes to earn the credits I would need to maintain my CPA certificate.

I hated those classes, but I took them anyway – after all, I needed to keep my options open. Or so I believed, because that’s what I had been taught.

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This article was written on May 14th but not posted until today.

Mommy and Zanne 090504I am writing this on the one-year anniversary of my mother’s passing. It also happens to be my first Mother’s Day without her. Earlier today I had an impulse to call my father, to find out how he’s doing on his first Mother’s Day without her – my father, who passed away on February 22nd of this year.

I was brought up short by the realization that there was no Daddy to call. And almost as if for the first time, I felt rocked by the shock waves of a double loss. I took several deep breaths and moved on with my day.

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Balloon woman on beachBecause of the work I do, and the clients who are drawn to work with me, I am frequently confronted with some version of the following assertion:

I’ve come to realize that I’m not living my true calling. I know this because every time I’m involved in my true calling, I am lit up with excitement, and time just seems to fly by. But my true calling won’t pay the bills, and I can’t quit my current job in order to pursue what others have called a “pipe dream.”

It’s almost ridiculously common for people to automatically assume that their dreams of doing what they love are impractical or impossible, and therefore to shut the door on them. I, of course, am in the business of helping people open the door to their dreams instead. Providing a thorough, door-opening response to the above viewpoint would require that I write an entire book – which happens to be a very persistent “pipe dream” of my own – but let me share a few thoughts I have about it right now.

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