We currently live in a wonderful world where, for just a few hundred of your hard-earned shekels, you have the choice of enough personal growth & leadership seminars to help you transform your very DNA. The downside of the Lead-Like-Ghandi-In-A-Weekend-Seminar or Learn-To-Speak-Like-Martin-Luther-King-in-an-Afternoon or Build-a-Donald-Trump-Business-Whilst-Surfing-Facebook is that most teachers will miss out one simple fact; realising your potential can demand extreme sacrifice which may be painful, messy and incredibly uncomfortable.
Pinchas was the great-nephew of Moses. He was rewarded with a ‘covenant of peace’ (Numbers 25:12) after taking an action in line with his beliefs that was so extreme it could have resulted in social banishment, career failure, or even being killed. Whilst most of us do not have to go through anything quite so severe on a physical level, there is an internal equivalent we might face on the path to leadership and self-realisation.
Facing our fears and breaking through them demands smashing through personal habits built up over a lifetime. Pinchas drove a spear through two people he saw transgressing. If we are to step into our own highest potential it usually means driving a spear through the fears that have been holding us back. On a Kabbalistic level it is as if we are destroying the negative energy sheaths known as klipot, which are analogous to shells – like a nutshell.
The first stage is to name your ‘shells’. What are the deepest fears and behaviours holding you back from reaching your highest good? What needs to happen for you to do the thing you have been scared of, and let your light shine at its brightest? Take your spear, smash some eggs to make an omelette, crack those nutshells, mix up some more metaphors, and do something EPIC.
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