Week 9 - Those Pesky Nerves

Week 9 - Those Pesky Nerves

We talk a lot about nerves around here. They are a well known entity to all artists. We did a whole three week course on it. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. If you have seen it, re-watch it this week. We all need reminders to not only get out of our negative patterns but to stay out.

Rob Bell’s perspectives on nerves is very in alignment with what we have been discussing and cultivating. NERVES ARE NOT THE ENEMY. Actually they are FOR us. In a world where we are always replaying our past or projecting and future tripping into some place that hasn’t happened yet nerves are the friends who keeps us right here, right now.

Ever see a dramatic episode of a doctor on tv where someone passes out and the doctor slaps them hard to bring them to. That is how I see my nerves. Always bitch slapping me telling me to wake up to the gift of this moment, that I am always running away from.

“If you are working on something, about to deliver it, moments from opening the doors, an hour from everybody arriving, a week before the release date, two minutes from getting the results back, and you have butterflies in your stomach, be grateful.”

You heard that right. BE GRATEFUL.
Our instinct is to shut down our nerves because we assume they are going to take us OUT of whatever we are about to accomplish. They are actually bringing us IN.

“Nerve’s are God’s gift to you, reminding you that your life is not passing you by. Make friends with the butterflies.” Bell

Make friends with the butterflies.
Isn’t is worse to make friends with the caterpillars who are scared and hiding and not willing to feel the pain and nerves it takes to fly?

There is a quote I keep in front of the candle I burn every morning where I meditate...

“When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.” — Dean Jackson

Living without nerves is living with the caterpillars — behind the pillars of what you were born to be.

Living with the fear, the doubt, the nerves that feel like your death is living with the butterfly — in the sky of everything is possible.

You are in a wonderful place. Make friends with the butterflies. Welcome them when they come, revel in them, enjoy them! And if they go away, do whatever it takes to put yourself in a position where they return.

Better to have a stomach full of butterflies than to feel life is passing you by.

How are you going to live with the butterflies this week?

Natalie 

Jen Rudolph