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Risk: Leap and [then] the net will appear

I belive in risk. I don't believe in luck. I do believe in synchronicity.

You may call this semantic quibbling, but I don't think so. Luck is something that happens to us. Synchronicity is something that begins in our consciousness. Risk is something we undertake. Luck is passive. We trigger synchronicity. We trigger it through risk.

Goethe-- statesman, scholar, risk-taker-- told us, "Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness." He was not kidding.

All of us want a net. And we can have it, too. We just can't have it ahead of time. Listen to explorer William Hutchinson Murray on that:

Concerning all acts of initiative or creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

Murray, like Goethe, is making us a promise here: "Leap, and [then] the net will appear."

We'd really like it the other way around. Show us the net and then we'll leap. Give us the job, the beau, the deal, and then we'll commit. What do you take me for, a sucker? Only a fool would go off half-cocked chasing some dream. Only a fool-- or maybe Goethe, or maybe a mountain climber like Murray.

In order to risk, we have to be willing to look bad. We have to be willing to be a sucker. We have to be willing to look like fools.

This is the sticky part: our net is invisible. It is the unseen. It is there, but we must believe it to see it. In a moment of faith, our dreams shimmer into view.

13 Comments on "Risk: Leap and [then] the net will appear"

  1. Thank you, Julia. As always, your words ignite courage and inspiration.

  2. A beautiful reminder of the importance of risk taking in creativity. The Artists’ Way changed my life. Thank you, Julia! Your work has inspired me in countless ways. You’re a treasure. Thank you.

  3. Hi, Julia! I’ve been thinking of you lately: hope you’re thriving out West.

    The timing of this is perfect. I’m on the brink again, and excited to take wing.

    hugs, Gail

  4. Hey Julia, I read your book 14 years ago and experience has shown me , that the net always appeared. So thank you for these words and writing about synchronicity.

  5. Thank you, Julia. This made me smile – “You may call this semantic quibbling,” For me, it is often nuance in the use of language that calls forth a different perspective and becomes true inspiration. This note is a delightful reminder of the power of choice, commitment and inspired action taking.

  6. You’re words are music to my ears.
    Endless wisdom.
    Thank you Julia!

  7. Author Steven Pressfield says resistance is a “negative force that arises whenever we try to move from a lower level to a higher level.”

    So push through the resistance and make the commitment, and the net will appear.

  8. I completely agree – my blogpost this week was similar – you can change your life without waiting to win the lottery. You can make changes by choosing to do things differently. As you live consciously you create an authentic life aligned with your innate values. There are no guarantees, but you have to make conscious decisions and leap.

  9. Just what i needed to hear. I’m reading “The Right to Write” and on verge of pushing past my own resistance and I can fee and see the net below me as I read your blog. Thank you.

  10. Such a wisdom, and an eloquent definition of Luck Vs. Synchronicity. Yes! It takes the willingness to risk, followed by action and the universe responding in kind ~ Synchronicity. Thank you Julia.

  11. Lisa Rowan says:

    I once dreamt that I was pursued by a powerful, evil ghost. An invisible hand scooped me up, and as it did the ghost retreated and I was safe. I could feel the lines and ridges of the hand that held me. But when I turned to try and see it, it disappeared and I began to fall. I stopped looking and focused on feeling. The hand again picked me up and cradled me. I began to sing a song. The lyrics were “I belong to God.”

    Sometimes our stories only become relevant in the telling. This first time I worked the Artist’s Way, I precipitated such powerful synchronicity that it frightened me and I ran away. But before I did, I was scooped up again and again–jobs and homes fell into my lap, strangers helped me, there were free plane tickets, but only to one place.

    I am beginning again, again. My hands shake as I write this. My story frightens me. But reading here, I realize my “life is not my own” but also belongs to those who share this journey.

  12. Profile photo of Deb Marvin

    I do believe this is true but I haven’t translated it to “knowing”. I want to leap but perhaps the risk still feels too great. I have read and re-read many of your books. I am now listening to them on my commute to and from work. I tried very hard to save enough money to retire at 62 (this year) and do the work I love but found out that I didn’t quite get there. However I am not a quitter and I will find a way to make art even if I must continue to work. I am reading (and listening to) “The Prosperous Heart” and have definitely started to restructure my thinking around money and possessions. Great book! I have also decided that no matter how many hours of my day are absorbed by my job – 12 including the getting up and getting dressed and then driving to and from the office – I will create something every day. I am also looking for a new position closer to home since driving is eating up 2-3 hours every day. This keeps me moving forward and I hope I am generating enough to trigger some synchronicity at some point. I am still learning so much about my own process or lack thereof and it is definitely a fascinating journey. I feel incredibly blessed in so many ways and yet I can’t seem to break away from the full-time job that pays the bills etc.
    Some days I see myself standing on a precipice and just opening my arms and heart to the universe and falling forward in flight. It is an uplifting mental experience. I know the task at hand for me is to “do the work” – period.

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