Te Kouma, Coromandel, New Zealand
It takes courage to awaken. When we move into presence, all of the thoughts and beliefs that we have pushed down into our unconscious because they were too painful to deal with, begin to surface. Facing thoughts that we have pushed down for so many years (since our childhood traumas) requires courage because we think that our thoughts and beliefs are true. They are not.
Once we realize that our thoughts are not true, we can have the courage to accept and release them, regardless of how heinous we believe they are. The more we comprehend that our thoughts are not true, the less courage that is required. When we stop believing our thoughts, They lose their power over us.
When we observe our thoughts, we realize that 99% of them are pure gibberish. They do not serve us. They hinder our awakening and interfere with our peace and joy. When we can watch our thoughts without judgment, we can laugh at their ridiculousness. No courage required. Hilarity ensues.
Let's have the courage to be present.