Boiling Frogs and Leveling Up

There’s been a lot of chaos and upheaval lately, and not just in my life – I’m hearing it from friends and clients as well.

We’re being challenged in lots of ways. Are you serious about raising your vibration? What’s really important? What is your passion? Your purpose?

Pechanko LEVEL UP by Skizocrilian

Pechanko LEVEL UP by Skizocrilian

Dissatisfaction abounds. When I was thinking about it during my meditation this morning, the parable about boiling a frog came to me.

If you drop a (live) frog into boiling water, it will react to the temperature difference and jump out. However, if you put it in lukewarm water, and gradually turn up the heat, you can boil the frog. (Whoever thought of this experiment?)

I feel like the heat is being turned up. Some people are sensitive to the heat (the challenges, the pressure) in different ways. Some people can see the chaos for what it is, and are looking for ways to change or adapt.

Other people are sensitive to the heat, but they don’t understand it, or won’t acknowledge it. They start making more and more irrational choices, trying to make things go back the way they were, and not realizing that they are heading in a counter-productive direction.

And still other people aren’t aware of the changes at all. They continue on with their day-to-day life unaware of the shift.

So when do we arrive? When is this chaos going to be done? I wish I knew! It will be done when we evolve. And then we will have other, different challenges to face. Like when you are playing a video game and you get to the boss at the end of the level – it gets really difficult, and when you overcome it, you level up. Things aren’t necessarily easier on the next level, though you’ll be better prepared for it by overcoming the boss.

Well, that’s a lot of metaphors for one blog post. The water’s getting hot, and I sure hope this is the last boss before leveling up.

I don’t really have a whole lot of words of wisdom for you. Be aware. Take care of yourself – meditate, journal, stay out (or get out) of toxic environments. Stand in your truth. Speak your truth. Set boundaries and stick to them.

Yes, yes. Easier said than done. But so is fighting the boss, or boiling the frog.



What Kind of Outcome Are You Anticipating?

I’m reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho right now. I’ve read several of his other books, and I have really enjoyed them. Yesterday, after posting about sabotaging my own success, I read this passage in  the book:

…before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.’

Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

This really struck a chord with me. Are the struggles and challenges I am facing right now testing me to see how well I have learned my lessons? Are they testing me to see if I am really committed to my goals?

I’ve been saying for a couple of years that change is coming. More recently, in the last few months, I’ve begun saying that change is happening. I truly feel that this change is for the good, it is a positive change for me.

I don’t know that I could identify exactly what the change is right now. It is often only when something has completed that I can look back and say, “Yes, that is what happened.” While it is occurring, I can’t necessarily read all the signs and symbols clearly because I am in the midst of them.

I am grateful for all the challenges I have faced in my life, recently and in the more distant past. Each “negative” experience has helped me to have compassion for other people’s experiences, and to appreciate even more the blessings that I have been given.

Steppin Out On FaithI feel I am on the cusp of change – balancing on one foot with the other out in front of me. I don’t know exactly where my foot is going to land, or what will rise up to support me. I can’t see that from here. I am calm and nervous, confident and anxious, not sure whether I will fall or fly.

I am filled at this moment with gratitude, and a sense of expectancy. I expect good things to come to me. What we anticipate, we create. So I am anticipating good things coming to me!

Are you feeling challenged and tested? What are you anticipating?