No Matter What
by Colette Baron Reid
Change is an inevitable fact of life. Sometimes we long for it; other times we dread or avoid it. Either way, change can send even the most serene of us into a tizzy, wishing we could plant our feet in the sand and stop time so things stay the same. Change is often an uncomfortable process that brings up a lot of resistance and worry, but it’s also the beginning of something great.
Like so many of us, “Sarah” was a creature of habit. Over the last seven years, her life had been static. She lived in the same quaint one bedroom; though she was admittedly tired of it, she rationalized that she couldn’t move because the rent it so cheap. She also had the same boring job for eons; she’d come to dread going to work but didn’t want to leave because her company offered such good benefits. She started every day with a boiled egg and finished each evening with a lean cuisine in front of the TV. All the time in between was pretty much the same as well. In short, Sarah was stuck, bored, and unhappy. While her intuition prodded her to make some change (really any change), she just couldn’t seem to budge from the comfortable little cocoon she was living in… until recently when a friend gave her an incredibly fantastic birthday gift. No, not a trip to Cabo, but I’d like to think this present was equally refreshing—it was a 30-minute reading with me!
I immediately saw that Sarah was in The Ghostlands, the metaphorical landscape we all end up in when we stay stuck in our heads and avoid action. As I talk about in my new book, The Map: Finding the Magic and Meaning in the Story of Your Life, the
Ghostlands is a place where no emotional growth or healing occurs in your life. In Sarah’s case, she was so focused on avoiding any possible pain and staying comfortable that she’d become stuck in her head. By resisting the changes she was being nudged to make, her life had become stagnant. Instead of embracing the adventure on her path, she’d disengaged from her intuition and disconnected from Spirit. And so, she was missing out on opportunities for healing and growth as well as the amazing blessings the Divine had in store for her.
Does Sarah’s experience resonate with you?