To invite in the new, we must let go of the old. (Even when it feels scary + we are uncertain of the outcome).
I’ve had to do this in a big way this year.
I’ve done a lot of inner work on letting go of my own lingering limiting beliefs + the outer work of taking actions that were way outside my comfort zone, in order to fly.
If you haven’t heard, I’m now on the ballot and in the running for an Emmy nomination.
If you are a Television Academy member, I hope you’ll consider me when voting for “Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series” for my work on Atypical.
This entire experience got me thinking about how we transform our lives and careers. When does that happen and how do we do it?
When a caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly, it goes through a radical transformation process, one that is inherently uncomfortable.
But the caterpillar does not fight the chrysalis, nor does it resist any discomfort that arises inside as it sheds its familiar home.
Instead, to invite in the radical transformation that happens within its own protective casing, it must surrender fully to the discomfort.
The only way the caterpillar can end up flying is to allow the discomfort, to move beyond its protective casing, to transform itself + then spread its glorious wings for the very first time.
Metaphorically, leaving the familiar + stepping into the unknown with its wings wide open is how the butterfly first takes flight.
Ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu declares: “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
It is there that we will find our creativity and inspiration, for it is born out of surrender, not control.
Resistance only prolongs our discomfort.
So, I’ve been doing a lot of meditating, noticing my own resistance when it arises, and leaning into it. (They teach you this when giving birth too! Fun!)
If you’d like some help quieting your mind + letting go of any stories, old beliefs + old judgments, and expanding the light within you to shine brightly, so you can fly, check out my latest guided meditation inside The Spotlight Club (my VIP mentoring membership for actors).
No matter how you get there, my wish for you this week, is to let go of doubting yourself. (Can you do this for an entire day? Try it and see.)
As we let go of questioning ourselves, and we deepen our trust, even in the face of real discomfort, we allow ourselves to lean fully into the light of our magnificence + fly.
Let me know in the comments below, 3 reasons you are magnificent + I will hold the vision of you flying.
Love + Gratitude,