Beyond the specific beliefs of our chosen religions, I believe we are all connected by universal truths.
And to varying degrees of intensity, we use them to guide our lives.
- Energy among us that is unseen and life-giving
- Hope that we can prevail through life’s toughest journeys
- Belief in our ability to re-imagine, redefine and renew who we are
- Faith in something far beyond ourselves
We are all on our own journeys of ascension;
that is, to become better versions of ourselves.
Sometimes we go higher than we ever thought possible. Sometimes we fall. Circumstances change – and so we must.
I recently listened to Eric Weihenmayer captivate a room of 700+ leaders with the story of his ascension.
Eric has conquered the 7 highest summits on the 7 continents of the Earth.
And if that isn’t a remarkable testament to his physical and mental toughness – then the fact that he did so as a blind man makes you rethink the very definition.
But he couldn’t make the 7 climbs outside, without making the tougher inner climb. Loss, acceptance, imagination, readiness, action.
There’s a lot to Eric’s story . He moved this crowd of leaders to tears several times in the hour and a half he spoke.
I suspect that many like me were called to contemplate their own process of reinvention.
There were two things Eric said that stuck hardest with me. He spoke in terms that I believe are universal truths – and worthy of deeper reflection in our own journeys of ascension. I will paraphrase.
Life is a never-ending process of reaching into the darkness. Within each of us is a light – the light of the human spirit that guides us forward.
Within each of us is the power to summon enough courage to live our lives within the framework of a vision – a vision that only we can create for ourselves.
We all have the power to summon dreams, and to be intoxicated by them. The vision for own renewal is less a question of sight, and more a receptivity to believe.
Our ascensions are anchored by belief, propelled by hope, tested through faith and surrounded by a spirit that lives abundantly among us.
We all have the tools for the climb – we just need to get used to working with them.