In 2005, I began to have severe cluster headaches to the point where I felt like someone was sticking a knife in my eye. No matter what I did, including seeking help from doctors and pleading with God to take the pain away, the pain only increased. Even prescribed strong painkillers could not alleviate the pain. I felt hopeless and ready to give up. My religious upbringing made me think that it was God’s punishment in my life, because inside I felt like a failure who had disappointed God.
Everyone has a story. I share mine, not to persuade you of a creed, but simply to let you in and help you see where I’m coming from, what shaped me and led me to this point.
Love makes us unafraid of failure. Understand that failure is not your enemy, only fear is. Fear has the ability to slow you down, immobilize, cripple and even destroy you when you fail.
Fear leads to stress, the opposite of inner rest. When we struggle with stress, worry, anxiety, panic attacks and the like, we not only disconnect from our true self, but also from the source of life and its creativity.
Selfishness makes us smaller, more protective and unwilling to share. Such small-mindedness impedes our ability for real success. But when our dreams are for the benefit of others, they have intrinsic power to turn water to wine (happiness and satisfaction), and sawdust to gold (wealth without greed).
Intrinsic power resides in love. When you are awakened to unconditional love, it has a profound ability to alter your life. It gives you power to accept yourself, embrace your flaws, and navigate your path to the place of ultimate satisfaction, contentment and success. The insecurity that whispered that I am not enough turns to an inner confidence that I am enough and all things are possible.