Leaping into the Void: Lessons in Trust

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Often, we are faced with making a decision that fills us with fear.  Often, the only way to get where we need to go is to have the courage to take a leap of faith.  Often, the courage comes from a tiny spark  - like a satellite sent towards the dark unknown, which finds new universes, our tiny light suddenly is revealed as the brilliant star of hope.


The following is by John O’Donohue, a poet and philosopher who is best known for his book, Anam Cara, (Gaelic for "Soul Friend"; 1997). This is a poem about finding that light.

For Courage ~ John O'Donohue

When the light around you lessens
And your thoughts darken until
Your body feels fear turn
Cold as a stone inside,

When you find yourself bereft
Of any belief in yourself
And all you unknowingly
Leaned on has fallen,

When one voice commands
Your whole heart
And it is raven dark,

Steady yourself and see
That it is your own thinking
That darkens your world,

Search and you will find,
A diamond thought of light,
Know that you are not alone
And that this darkness has purpose,
Gradually it will school your eyes
To find the one gift your life requires
Hidden within this night corner,

Invoke the learning,
Of every suffering
You have suffered.

Close your eyes,
Gather all the kindling
About your heart
To create one spark,
That is all you need
To nourish the flame
That will cleanse the dark
Of its weight of fostered fear,

A new confidence will come alive,
To urge you toward higher ground,
Where your imagination
Will learn to engage difficulty
As its most rewarding threshold! 

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