October 2015 By Shivi Verma The unknown is the most creative and thrilling space in your life, since it streams from the Divine, urging you to become a co-creator with God, says Shivi Verma Priya Krishan Das, an artist based in Pune, loves travelling. During one of her trips to a vanilla plantation last year, she would go out into the thick foliage late at night to view the fireflies light up the surroundings. The first time she had to venture at night with a dim torch light, the sounds of insects, rustling of leaves and dancing shadows conjured scary images in her mind. But then a little girl who lived on the plantation said, ‘I am a friend of the darkness, come along’. Priya realised the profundity of her statement. Wise words from a little girl made Priya realise the power of embracing the unknown. Whatever you are scared or fearful of, befriend that very thing. So the next time Priya went with the girl to see the fireflies, she went with a different outlook and instead of being on her guard all the time, she opened her eyes to the beauty of the night. Thousands of fireflies had lit up the trees creating a magnificent sight. “It was as if the stars had descended. With the fragrance of the nocturnal flowers and the moonlit sky and the shadows which now had acquired a beautiful shape in my mind, it was almost surreal!” she exclaims. “The unknown is probably something which we haven’t experienced yet. I believe in befriending the unknown and trusting that if it is not safe, my inner voice will guide me. The experience taught me that everything was part of us. I take one moment at a time and open myself to be awed by the Universe,” she adds. Such is the magnetism of the unknown that man has been drawn to it since eternity. Anything which is beyond his power and ken, both scares and invites him. While familiarity gives comfort and solace, over time it becomes boring. The unknown, on the other hand, beckons with the promise of newness, thrill and excitement, so necessary to feel engaged with life. Everything related to growth involves stepping into the unknown. The greatest of discoveries and inventions happened when man stepped out of his comfort zone and courted the unknown. What is the unknown? The unknown stands for the untried and untested zone in your trajectory of life. It is a place both within and without yourself. And since it calls for courage, it is a springboard for evolution. All human advancements have sprung from those who ignored fear and plunged into the sea of the unknown to emerge with glittering treasure. When the first man set sail in search of faraway lands, he was stepping into the unknown. When he trekked to snowy peaks, he was courting the unknown, when he dug deep under the earth he was excavating into the unknown. When he set foot on the Moon, he had taken a daring step into the unknown. Whenever a person toys with a new idea and attempts to realise it, he is in the zone of the unknown. When the call of safety cannot deter you from following your dreams, you become a pursuer of the unknown. From taking your first baby step as an infant, to your first day in school, college, or job are significant leaps into the unknown. Everything from falling in love, to getting married, to meeting new people, going to a new place, starting a new venture, speaking the truth or trusting a stranger, is a step into the unknown. When you step into the unknown, and chart the untried and the untested, you become a co-creator with God. Through your courage and initiative, He opens new channels, and creates new pathways for humanity to walk on. Amit Raheja took a daring leap into the unknown by agreeing to set up a factory in farway Guwahati, by trusting his inner voice. Says Amit Raheja, a Mumbai-based entrepreneur, “I had the experience of stepping into the unknown when my father decided to set up a factory in Guwahati, Assam. One of my customers was setting up a factory over there, and wanted a vendor who could supply the raw material. It was a different state, with different people and a different culture. We toiled very hard to construct the infrastructure for the unit, but failed to get the power supply. During that time I came across the tool of Access Consciousness. I tuned in to my inner Divinity to clear my blocks. After that I personally went to each and every person connected to the electricity board who were sitting on my papers. And I got power in seven days for my unit whereas I had been struggling for months to get it. It was so amazing. Now my plant is running at 100 per cent capacity.” He continues, “My biggest learning was that everything is possible and that fear is simply a construct of the mind. Now I feel very close to myself. When you are in a state of beingness you can create anything you desire. After that I went to study in a four-day class of Dr Dain Heer, one of the principal trainers of Access Consciousness, in the USA all alone for the first time. It was a moment of discovery for me. I had gathered courage to go abroad alone, and returned empowered.” Mother Teresa knew nothing of the challenges that would befall her when she set sail for India as a young nun. But through her sheer dedication to Christ and his message of serving the poor, she left behind a legacy of selfless service to humanity. Swami Vivekananda, as well as many other Indian gurus like Paramahansa Yogananda, Swami Ramtirth, and Swami Satchidananda, had nothing to back them when they left for America to help spiritually thirsty people. They battled hundreds of odds to emerge victorious. The unknown is unconventional because its call emerges from your heart and does not listen to the rationale and logic of mind. Pulled by this call, people thwart customs, norms and rules only to rewrite them. When Rosa Parks refused to vacate her seat for a white passenger in 1955 in Montgomery she was risking her life, since the ones she challenged were powerful, but she could no longer subdue her inner call for justice. The rest, as they say, is history. Her peaceful and dignified campaigning made her one of the best-respected figures in the civil rights movement. Unknown and the Divine “Part of stepping into unknown areas of our lives requires submission to God’s calling. Sometimes we know that God is telling us to do something but hesitate to respond in obedience because of fear or doubt. This is when the Lord is requiring us to trust Him, release our fears to Him and submit to His direction. Submission to God is often a result of trust,” says Lisa Hallahan in her blog, A Lovely Calling. This is true. The unknown unravels its full beauty when the conscience or the Higher Self becomes your guiding light. When we realise that the purpose of life is not to destroy us but to help us evolve and that uncertainty is meant to strengthen our relationship with the Divine, the unknown becomes a place of creation and discovery. As you step into the unknown deliberately and mindfully, taking chances, and trusting the invisible hand of the Divine, you take a quantum leap in evolution. Very often in the course of living our lives, we are led to a point where we will have to choose between life as usual or poise ourselves for a daring leap into the unknown. Often, we are given to understand that perhaps our marriage is over, or that we are meant to follow a new livelihood. Sometimes, it may be that a friendship has reached its expiry date or we are meant to move into a new house. Only our comfort level with the unknown will determine whether we will heed these inner promptings, or continue to live with the tried and tested. Only if we choose the unknown will our life unfold the way it is meant to. Says Osho, “Take action. Be courageous. Live in the moment. Release all fears of the unknown. To accept the challenge of the unknown is courage – in spite of all fears. The fears are there; but if you go on accepting the challenge again and again… slowly, slowly, they disappear. Because the experience of the joy that the unknown brings – the great ecstasy that starts happening with the unknown makes you strong enough; gives you a certain integrity; makes your intelligence sharp. For the first time, you start feeling that life is not just boredom, but an adventure. Then you are always searching and seeking for some adventures. Courage is risking the known for the unknown; the familiar for the unfamiliar, for some unknown destination. One knows not whether he will be able to make it. It is gambling. But only the gamblers know what life is.” She who befriends the unknown will not rest on her laurels. She will forever extend her boundaries, her potential, the possibilities that lie tantalisingly outside the realm of the known. If in business, she will follow one venture after another, not arbitrarily, but in obedience to her inner voice. If an explorer, she will venture into newer and fresher territories. If a mountaineer, she will take on every challenge that comes her way. She echoes Helen Keller’s statement when she says, “Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing.” Roshni Rai, a young woman from village Pedong, Darjeeling, decided to move to Mumbai to create a new life after suffering a heartbreak. “I decided not to do anything negative which I would regret”. In Mumbai she made a successful career for herself without having a family to back upon. In the year 2011, she was overlooked for a promotion she had been expecting. When she asked for the reason, it was attributed to her poor communication skills. She joined the Landmark Forum to improve her abilities. Over there she realised that her poor communication skills emerged from her lack of confidence in her Gorkha origin which was synonymous in the city with security guards and her moth
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