What’s “Really” in Your Way?

IMG_D3FF11D78ADE-1We all have goals, dreams, and aspirations. Some are big. Some are small. When you look into that wide-eyed place we call the future, what do you see? On a scale of one to ten how hopeful are you in getting there? One as in your in a deep hole of depression, that doesn’t even have the capacity to dream about those things. Ten being you see, feel, and taste it already and are planning your schedule around it happening.

I think of Peter and the story of him walking on water to meet Jesus. Peter is “so excited” about seeing Jesus on the water that he jumps out of the boat and begins walking on water himself, momentarily forgetting to be afraid. At that small space, Peter was at a 10 in faith. His hope, off the charts. Now a funny thing is Peter then makes the mistake and looks down. Looking at his hairy toes he realizes, “Hey, I actually live on plant earth and you can’t walk on water, ‘Bud’.” See Peter was a fisherman. Not a landlocked Oklahoman like I am. He had grown up on the water. He had instilled beliefs about the water, including the most obvious, you can’t walk on it. But for a brief moment, Peter forgot all that.

River, Crossing the River, Beautiful River
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In reading the book, You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero, Jen talks about this kind of crazy faith, “When you’re available to play a bigger game, i.e. quit your ho-hum job and invest in your own business, buy a house, send your kids to private schools, hire a coach, hire a housecleaner, buy a new mattress, etc., you either need to pay for it with the money you have or manifest the money if you don’t have it already. And manifesting it is going to be pretty damn hard if you insist that not only is it not there for you, but that you aren’t the kind of person who could ever make it or pay it off if you borrowed it.”¹

If you don’t believe it, you will not manifest it. Period. You will do everything you can to run in the opposite direction. Another great example (which may be a little more identifiable than walking on water) is a story about when the Israelite spies when to first check out The Promised Land. Here they are finally to their destination after running around in a desert with all their hopes and dreams in sight. What do they do? Take hold and grab it? No. They say this, “And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.”² Interpretation, “Yeah, uh they were way too big. We suck and they think so too. We just need to give up and forget it while we have enough money to make ends meet with all this wonderful Manna. Who needs milk and honey anyways? I kind of like the desert.” 

sand, desert
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What I find most interesting about this story, is that they said they were grasshoppers in their own eyes. They saw themselves as weak and small, easily crushed. Then because they saw themselves that way, guess what else happened? They were seen as small, because of how they saw themselves. It’s all about the energy we put around ourselves. What’s funny is that later when the Israelites finally did cross into their promised land, they won because of both how they saw themselves (and their God) and therefore how their enemies saw them.

These two separate stories tell me one thing. That our outcomes, are most dependent on our stories on the inside. If there is something “in your way”, most likely it’s your thinking. No matter how “real” it may seem in the physical realm, there are changes that need to happen on the inside to change your situation. What is “really” in your way is what is your perspective of how you see the situation. Another way Jen puts it in her book, You Are a Badass, “Believe that you can have what you desire, that it really truly already exists, and then go out and get it. Once you understand that we live in an abundant Universe, you can also drop the limiting belief that you serve the world better by not taking too much for yourself or by getting too big.”³

So I dare you to get “crazy” with your faith. That faith I’m talking about is the faith that you can manifest what you ask for. That faith that your belief is the only thing separating you from achieving the goals put inside you by God. Most likely your perspective of yourself and your situation is the only river separating you from your Promised Land.

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Sarah Jackson

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References:

  1. You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero pg 205
  2. Holy Bible, Numbers 13:33, King James Version
  3. You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero pg 209

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