Lightning symbolizes the leap from unmanifested to actualized potential.
For many of us, there seems to be one final door to walk through when we are on the verge of manifesting our dream. That doorway is the last test of fear.
During this stage, we may feel resistance build within us like a rising wave. It may take the form of sudden or increased anxiety riddled with doubt. Questions may arise within our minds as to whether we are doing the "right thing", what if we "fail", are there any unforeseen negative consequence for our stepping out, etc.
When we enter this threshold of being ready to take the leap while feeling such fear, it's appropriate for us to acknowledge our feelings and thoughts. Then upon reasonable consideration, just "do it anyways".
Undoubtedly many of these same fears had arisen during previous stages of our quest to manifest this Life Dream, and we had already considered and resolved those issues.
Once we take our leap of faith and go full-on for our dream, these fears may still arise, until we are in the heart of living the dream that we had intended. Then such fear will turn to joy - frequently a joy or bliss that possesses equal intensity as the original fear had. And in our joy we feel Delivered.
Many examples arise from my own life. One of my deepest passions and joys is storm hunting. It's something I've done since 1977.
Yet sometimes, in fact frequently when embarking on a long distance storm hunt, insecurities still arise within me. I do it anyways, and have wonderful results, not the least of which is growing my confidence.
Last Monday I drove 95 miles on a quest for tornadoes. During most of my trip, until weather action first arose some 80 miles into the journey, insecurities swirled within me, including silent fear and attached questions such as "am I doing the right thing by going on this trip?". In fact some small part of me felt quite scared, timid and anxious during much of this trip- again until the action started and then that fear turned to feelings of joy, awe, childlike glee and gratitude.
In 1994, I made a decision to start a storm chase tour company. However, in order to do that, my storm chases would need to transform from the spontaneous chases I had known up to then, into an organized journey taking days at a time, complete with planning, doing my own forecasting and trusting the force of my decisions along the way as well as their alignment with Divine Light.
In order to begin this shift, I planned a one-week sojourn into the Prairies devoted solely to catching and viewing big storms.
Before this journey began, I went through two months of intense fear. I was breaking a life long pattern by actually allowing myself to follow my dreams, contrary to what almost every single external mirror that I had grown up with told me I should do. It was quite a process working with that fear and making peace with this distressed part of myself who was scared that I would face certain punishment for "breaking the rules" and daring to give myself the treat of doing exactly what I wanted to do, and in precisely the way that I wanted it.
My vacation itself turned out to be a profound life liberation, showing me that instead of getting punished for following my dreams, I would witness unfettered magnificence in nature and experience precious time doing rich inner questing. In addition it showed me that I am capable of going on long term journeys forecasting and intercepting spectacular weather, and that I am truly able to share this talent with others.
So, when that last minute fear arises within you just before you leap into your dream, don't let it stop you, instead allow it to show you how close you are to making your dream happen and "just do it anyways".