The Discomfort Zone
I was watching a dear friend and teacher recently speak on a Facebook Live broadcast about how change is not comfortable, and about how we are using that as an excuse not to change.
Well… my dear friend, I have to disagree on a couple of finer points:
1. The reason most people need and desire change is because their comfort zones are no longer comfortable.
2. When the change one is seeking begins to happen, we feel excitement–not discomfort.
She also spoke about how the process of changing steers one through all the barriers, reasons, sensations and blockages that are holding the particular condition or situation we wanted to change in place. It’s true that all of this unraveling can temporarily feel like things are “falling apart”, or “caving in”, however, if the intention was to change, this unraveling is the evidence validating the intention to change, so why not celebrate it?
Yes, we can definitely lose track of all the changes we have desired, so that all this “falling apart” seems dangerous or distressing–and if we go into being the victim, we risk the nullification of our intention to change.
In fact, most desire to change revolves around finding a comfort zone, where life comes to us with ease and joy, and we are free to express ourselves creatively, experience the world as a loving place, and where future changes are joyful and generative.
I would hazard a guess that the meme, “Change is uncomfortable” is really just an arbitrary point of view that ignores the mechanics of how things work in this magical 3-D world we’ve constructed. The bottom line is that the higher more generative life we seek change for, is, in fact, the truer reflection of who we really are. And to make that change, we have simply to focus our intent on that version of ourselves already existing as a parallel reality.
I would also proffer the view that what drives most change is discomfort or pain of some level, and that it is impossible to change from an alleged “comfort zone”. If we are truly in this theoretical comfort zone, why would we want to change from that?
On the other hand, why experience discomfort at all in a “comfort zone”? How about just choosing something different–perhaps with more magic, excitement and incredibleness?
If instead, we are suffering or prolonging discomfort, how about changing the current situation or condition by tuning in to the higher version of yourself, and sending out the intention to become that? More joy, more ease, more fulfillment, more amazing-ness. Then, be willing to experience whatever the universe presents to us as experience in the unfoldment of that version of yourself wherever it may lead.
The Ultimate Self right next door…I would also venture to make the observation that behind all discomfort and pain is the desire for that higher version of your life, and that any pain or discomfort we are experiencing is us in the process of actualizing that higher life. It’s the perception that life is victimizing us that prolongs the discomfort, pain and suffering, and potentially completely blocks any change.
So switch it up. Be the creator. Spot where the victim is, and simply say “bye bye”. Then go to where the ease and joy is that will demonstrate to the Universe–your co-creative partner–that you are onboard with realizing the greatest life you can experience, and that you are willing to go beyond that. Continually broadcast that vibration of ease, love and joy, and tune in to that same broadcast emanating from the Ultimate You right next door. Enjoy the ride, and enjoy arriving at your new comfort zone!
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