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Staying Inspired: The Magic of Uncertain Times

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Looking for the Magic in Uncertainty?

August 1, 2020

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The magic of uncertain times is that it’s a strength to be undoing that which no longer works for you. Undoing is progress, not mayhem. It is a way to stay inspired. 

The artist Pablo Picasso wrote, “Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.” 
And the philosopher Nietzsche said, “You must become a chaos before giving birth to a shining star.” 

These are not poetic elaborations. They are descriptions of how a metamorphosis works. First, things fall apart before they fall together. A mother doesn’t have to understand or even trust the birth process to give birth. Your next expression wants to be born. Great and mighty forces marshal their strength around you. It’s your time. You’re uncovering a new way to breathe and feel safe in the world, even though you can’t imagine it. Change may wear a wolf suit. Still, don’t be fooled. It’s wild, abundant magic come knocking on your door.

It's okay to feel as though you don't know whats going on....

You don’t. You can’t supervise creativity, alchemy, reinvention, evolution and the divine flower rearrangement of your life. Yet if you trusted the Energy behind this miracle of change, you wouldn’t want to control a thing. You’d throw everything you had into the blender and watch it yield a grace beyond all reason.

Here’s the work. It’s not about staying in control to stay inspired. It’s about staying in love.

I know this isn’t easy to do. But you can take the fun bus or the misery bus because either way, you are going for a ride. If you want to thrive, this is your practice.

Let go of how you think things should go right now...

Taste the possibility that something wise and beautiful is taking place. It is.

The unknown is not the enemy. It’s an invitation to become even more alive than you were before.

Please resist the temptation to grab at “ready-made” solutions and definitions too soon. In the haste to end uncertainty, those of you who are impatient, and you know who you are because you’ve probably skipped to the exercises already—may opt for promises and detours that do not match your essence. In an authentic life, there are no pre-fab answers. Hold out for the fab ones.

One of my friends tells me she married the wrong man when she was twenty-two because she “didn’t want to wait forever.” A student once confessed that he knew he was exhausted, but took on a higher-level project at work anyway, because he wanted to prove to himself, he was not weak. He ended up on a gurney in emergency stomach surgery. I’ve also watched clients go back to school for another degree, program, ribbon, bauble, or certification, just because “I’m going to school,” sounds so much better than “I’m freaking out like a cat in a hat. I have no idea what I’m doing with my life.”

One of my friends tells me she married the wrong man when she was twenty-two because she “didn’t want to wait forever.” A student once confessed that he knew he was exhausted, but took on a higher-level project at work anyway, because he wanted to prove to himself, he was not weak. He ended up on a gurney in emergency stomach surgery. I’ve also watched clients go back to school for another degree, program, ribbon, bauble, or certification, just because “I’m going to school,” sounds so much better than “I’m freaking out like a cat in a hat. I have no idea what I’m doing with my life.”

The Unknown is not the enemy.

Think about this....

What if you’re not stuck? You are not adrift? What if you’re supposed to be right here in the dead center of the middle of it all for reasons you can’t see yet? Something else is going on. Birth doesn’t follow strategy, but it does follow a trajectory.

The unknown offers you an unparalleled life. Trust that your gut and soul have a way. And that a Creative Intelligence only paints in shades of love. The caterpillar must dissolve so that the butterfly can emerge. It’s so unbecoming. Yet lean into your becoming.

When our plans fail, our destiny begins. We’re off the map. We’re on track for an awakening life. Nothing is the same. It’s a rite of passage.

If change blows apart your best laid plans, there’s wild magic to be had. It’s grace that stirs all winds. Remember…

You are not your conditions. You are your response to your conditions.

It is YOU that is your strength, love, intelligence and choices. And you are more powerful than you know. That’s why this change is here. You are growing. Stay inspired.

About TAMA...

Tama Kieves, an honors graduate of Harvard Law School, left her law practice to write and help others create their most extraordinary lives.  
She is the bestselling author of Thriving Through Uncertainty , Inspired and Unstoppable, This Time I Dance, and A Year Without Fear. Featured in USA TODAY and on Oprah Radio, she is a sought-after speaker and visionary career/success/book coach who has helped thousands worldwide. She also teaches A Course in Miracles. www.tamakieves.com