Our fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasure.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

The past couple of years have been almost exclusively about conquering, dismantling and letting go of my fears.  I’ve been afraid of so many things.  Risk.  Love.  Success. Failure. I feared if I looked at my own shadow side, it might swallow me whole.  Ironically, I was equally terrified of my light.  I often overlooked what was present in favor of focusing on what was missing.

Coming from that place of lack, it is no wonder that I did a lot of circling the drain, examining my reason for being here, for suffering, for continuing to focus on what I didn’t want instead of what I did.

That’s something we’re often taught by our parents. Mine experienced too much trauma as children to ever really trust the world. My mother grew up in a violent household.  She…

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