Greetings and blessings to you.
Connected by Love, wholehearted with courage and curiosity, I am open to all that life has to offer.
This week we will explore what it means to have a desire to dare greatly, and how daring greatly calls us to live with greater open and wholehearted curiosity and courage in the world.
Daring greatly is a uniquely individual and personal quest. What it means to me to dare greatly may create no desire or aspiration in you. For one to dare greatly may be to live with spiritual and personal authenticity and integrity, for another it may be to raise a healthy and happy child. It may mean the honor of a day’s work to another and to someone else the achievement of fame and fortune. It matters not how we personally and uniquely define to dare greatly but how it affects us, calling us to fulfill our deepest desire for the integrity of Divine truth and good, and how that empowers us to show up in the world.
Daring greatly requires of us the curiosity of desire and the courage of disappointment. We are called to live with an open and whole heart when we endeavor in the direction of our dreams. Daring greatly invites us to step out from behind the mask and armor of ego, to show up with authenticity and vulnerability, stepping forward with Faith and Imagination into the promise of our Divine potential. Herein lies the joy of our truth and integrity.
Daring greatly calls us to follow the direction of desire and redirection of disappointment, persevering, enduring until we accomplish the promise of the good prepared for us.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the person who points out how the strong one stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the one who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends self in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if they fail, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
June is the month for us to consider the desire to dare greatly. The Twelve Power for the month of June is Imagination. Imagination’s primary power partner is the power of Faith. Imagination and Faith enable and empower us to see and believe our Divinely directed dreams. Now is the time when we revisit our spiritual quest for 2018 by the review, re-vision and revitalizing our White Stone Word and Letter of Intention for 2018.
“Your fears are the dragons that guard the gates to our deepest treasures.” The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
As we reconnect and reclaim our powers of Imagination and Faith we are empowered to again see and believe our Divinely directed dreams, and able to proceed through doubt and fear, again and now more fully into a greater demonstration of our Divine good.
This quest requires us to live with vulnerability. We are not weak when we show up open and wholehearted in life, vulnerable to doubt and fear, disappointment and failure. Vulnerability is the essential element in our quest for a more authentic connection with life, each other and our dreams. Vulnerability is how we explore the creativity of human connection and the abundant potential and possibility of the desire for our greater common, collective good.
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path. Vulnerability can be uncomfortable, it does require curiosity and courage, I’m learning that leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability teaches us how to live with joy, gratitude and grace. We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.” Brene Brown
Our desire to dare greatly is a desire to live with a greater open, wholehearted, authentic loving connection with each other and with life. Our desire to dare greatly is a desire to discard doubt and fear, to embrace Faith and Imagination and venture out in life, in the direction of our dreams, with curiosity and courage. Our desire to dare greatly is a desire to be directed daily by Divine truth into the authentic experience and expression of our Divine good.
My prayer for you is that you may be empowered by Imagination and Faith in the review, revision and revitalization of your dreams for 2018.
Until next week, the blessing and bounty of Divine good to you.
Rev. Clive deLaporte.