Long ago and far away...
I never had been pulled to Africa. I actually felt fear when the thought came up. When I had an opportunity to go with my spiritual teacher and dear friends and family I swallowed hard and went.
On a part of the trip we entered a Maasai Village. It was surrounded by a fence that was made of branches that had sharp thorns. Inside this enclosure were there dung huts and cattle.
The thorns were there to keep the lions out.
They were telling different tales about their culture and then they told a story about an initiation rite with young men. They were to go out and kill a lion. Not with a gun, but with a knife, and bare hands. My knees went weak.
They then told how the honorable way for men to exit the community when they were too old or no longer could contribute to the tribe.
They were to walk out beyond the thorny barrier and be eaten by a lion.
The fear was full in my chest and my legs went weak when I heard this.
A few years after that I had an experience where I could not contribute to my family financially. It was a heartbreaking time for myself and those I loved.
Looking back now I had faced the same karma as those men who were looking at walking out of the tribe and be overcome by the lion.
I made a different choice this time. I faced my fear and kept focusing on the expansion and prosperity rather than letting the lion overcome me.
Focused on the healing and gratitude for what I did have, what I do have.
This time the honorable choice was for me to get up one more time and to expand in my life again.
May you expand into the grace that is available, the abundance and the compassion.
Peace inside of me and peace in the world around me.
Peace be still.