“So Certain Are You?”

 By Keith Varnum 

 

 As you face your personal challenges in the New Year, is Yoda of Star Wars referring to you?

 

“So certain are you? Always with you it cannot be done.”

 

Do you find yourself agreeing with Luke Skywalker?

 

“Moving stones around is one thing. This is totally different.”

 

Or are you ready to hear Yoda’s helpful wisdom?

 

“No. No different. Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned.”

 

                                                     Resolution Evolution

 

Will you allow your ability to resolve to evolve?

 

Will you allow your problems to solve?

 

Or are you “so certain” that some obstacles can’t be dissolved?

 

                                                    Resolution Revolution

 

Are you ready to allow life to become easier? … more fun? … more joyous?

 

“Why, of course!” you immediately shout.

 

But, wait, not so fast. Are you really willing to let go of your ego’s cherished belief that life is a hard, constant uphill battle?

 

                                           When the Rubber Hits the Road

 

In my 30 years experience with thousands of clients, I’ve found that when faced with real-life choices between ease and struggle, most people unconsciously buy back into their knee-jerk attitude of struggle.

 

“Life as struggle” is familiar, comfortable and socially accepted. Unfortunately, most of our family, friends and co-workers will support you in the worldview that positive change takes tremendous effort and work—and then doesn’t last anyway.

 

But does transformation need to be hard? “No,” consuls Yoda, “You must unlearn what you have learned.”

  

                                                     No Strain, No Gain

 

One of the least helpful mass consciousness beliefs is that “Making changes in old patterns is difficult—and usually won’t last long anyway.” For example, consider the common belief about New Year’s resolutions. In the popular and media mind set, “everyone knows” that no one keeps New Year’s resolutions. At the start of each New Year, making resolutions is discussed almost as a joke. In our society we aren’t even expected to keep our New Year’s resolutions. “Nobody does!”

                                             What If It Were Different Now?

 

Does positive change have to be tough and temporary? Do we have to revert back to old, familiar ways so quickly? Can’t we permanently release old patterns that no longer serve us?

 

Yoda asks us, “So certain are you? Always with you it cannot be done.”

 

Can transformation be easy? Of course it can. You know that in your heart!

 Just don’t ask your mind or Luke Skywalker!

 

“Moving stones around is one thing. This is totally different.” 

 

Yoda suggests an attractive option:

 

“No. No different. Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned.”

  

                                              Open to New Possibilities

 

Could permanent transformation—personal alchemy if you will—actually be easy?

 

Shamans know that people can simply “walk out of their old paradigm.” Yes, physically step out of the old box—mind set—into a new world of possibilities. People usually need a hefty push from life to motivate them. It usually takes an extreme prod from the Universe like an accident or serious disease. Native peoples call this cosmic nudge “strong medicine.”

 

Inspiring examples abound of people who grab success from the jaws of defeat. People who embrace wellbeing over cancer. People who decide to walk after they are told they will never walk again. People who choose joy over despair, play over work, aliveness over death.

 

Expose your self to new possibilities. Read about folks who have rescued their joy from the clutches of doom and gloom. Subscribe to spiritual newsletters. Watch inspirational cinema. Hang out with heartful people.

 

Notice folks who thrive. Look for who is alive.

 

Pay attention to fresh opportunities. Welcome new options. Invite surprise. Expect magic!

  

                                            Intention Waits for No Belief

 

You don’t have to wait until you smash up against a wall of limitation to make your move. You can decide now to own your power. You can choose now to simply walk away from the shores of struggle and strife. You can ride the wave of personal intention to a life of ease and freedom.

 

“Moving stones around is one thing. This is totally different.” 

 

“No. No different. Only different in your mind.