Part of the thrill of the life game is negotiating obstacles that allow us to evolve. Obstacles challenge us, terrify us and help define our character. If we face few hurdles, it would be very difficult to find out what we’re capable of, not to mention that things would be pretty boring. When we succeed in making our best effort to meet a challenge, more energy is available to us, because that same energy is no longer bound up in the thoughts and fears related to the obstacles. Our world becomes bigger as a result.

At the same time, we all love our version of security. We want to grow, but on our own terms, at a pace that is comfortable and not too difficult. We want to know what is going to happen so we won’t be thrown off guard. We yearn to evolve yet want our lessons to fit into our busy schedule. We want the benefits of growth, but don’t want to have to risk very much. This is tricky business because when we refuse to be uncomfortable we fall asleep.

Accepting life challenges without knowing what is going to happen keeps us from succumbing to the thought forms out there that tell us security can actually be attained. Let’s face it: it’s easy and fun to be lulled into a false sense of security. “Now I’m really safe!” But what happens when things fall apart? Staying awake takes real effort.

It is possible to stay alert to which challenges are empowering and healthy, and which ones are draining and debilitating. One way is to pay very close attention to your strategies for avoiding pain and discomfort. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What am I avoiding? How much energy am I exerting to make sure I avoid it?
  • Am I trying to control a situation so I don’t have to change my position or my beliefs? Am I afraid to be proven wrong, or am I open to another perspective?
  • Am I accepting a less than empowering situation because it’s comfortable?
  • What am I willing to risk to have more energy available to me?
  • How much do I really need? Am I hoarding out of fear of an unknown future?

Remember that energy loves to move and circulate. Taking risks and meeting challenges keeps us energized, alert and aware of what’s going on around us. However alluring, the pursuit of comfort and security is doomed to fail, as the truth of the physical plane is one of impermanence. The aim is to enjoy the colorful props in the play as much as we want, but not to take them too seriously. See them for what they are. Then you can see for yourself what you are.

In this year [2008] of growth as a primary influence, you can take advantage of the universal energies available to evolve through an obstacle. If you are feeling a little stuck, consider the following:

  • Take a small risk every day.
  • Visit a place you’ve never been to at least once a year.
  • Change the location of one thing in your home every week.
  • Do a seasonal purge of clutter.
  • Give 100% commitment to your intention for change.
  • Learn from your own direct experience. Consider the advise of others as helpful support, not the whole truth for you.
  • Notice any challenge that a still, small voice inside is urging you to take on.