Your Soul Already Knows
The other day, I was coming out of the shower and heard a character on my son's cartoon show exclaim, "But how I can I go out and lip sync the song when I don't even know the words?!". The other character replied, "Don't worry. You don't need to know the words, they already know you!"
This two sentence exchange stopped me in my tracks -
"Don't worry.....you don't need to know the words, they already know you."
What a powerful statement.
How many times have you worried about starting or completing a task, thinking you don't know what you are doing or you don't know what to say. How many times have you doubted yourself or lost trust that in the moment you would not fail.
We spend so much of our lives in self doubt and asking questions - searching for answers that cannot be found outside of ourselves. Are we afraid to look inside because we worry we might not might be good enough? Because we think we don't know or that we might fail?
As a teacher, I am in a position where I "present" information to people. Each lesson is carefully planned for not only what to teach, but also how and what to say, so that I can be as effective as possible in communicating with my students. And even though I have been teaching for over 10 years, still from time to time I have worry that in the moment, my words might fail me. A lot of time and effort goes into planning and sequencing, much thought into the language and choice of words that I want to use. And so it's important to me to remember all of what I want to say and teach.
But even more importantly, I work to remain completely present to what is happening in the moment. So that I am fully available to see what is in front of me and not stuck in any dialogue in my head or in worry of what I might forget.
I've learned along the way, that when it comes time for my class to begin, to let go of my attachment to want it to be perfect. To let go of the worry that I might forget what I want to say. To trust, that what my students need to know and what I need to say will come. I have learned to surrender to knowing that my presence in the moment will bring forth what my heart knows is needed - what has already known me all along and what needs to be shared with others.
Preparation is necessary, but so is faith in yourself. When the mind is not bound to fear, it has the opportunity to be at ease and this is when we experience life gracefully flowing through us.
Remember that this life and your soul already knows you. Don't worry so much about trying to know life! When we align ourselves with what is our divine duty in this life, life inherently aligns with us. When we find what makes our heart sing and what fuels our inner fire, the divine spark in us shines forth. We become a beacon of light not only for ourselves, but for others around us.
Let's worry less about what we are "good" at and instead find fulfillment in what is our purpose to serve in this life - we all have one; probably more than one. Live life in a way that your soul and heart can lead you to what it already knows.
As said in Jeremiah 1:5, "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you..."
God has a plan for you, God has a plan for each of us. And the way we know is by listening to the quiet whispers of our heart.
Your soul knows you better than you know yourself. This heart of yours contains all the answers to the questions you ask. The way to listen is to find courage to work through fear, to offer your work to the divine, and to notice that which makes you come alive. For your heart and soul will recognize what is yours to do and it will yearn for it. It's up to you to follow that yearning.