Courage, Contextually: Journey of Courage – Day 15

Copyright Tam Black 2015 Designed for
Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Guiding Thought

Be ready and willing, here and now, to be courageous. Release your mind’s idea of security, of “right” and of “wrong”. Allow your personality to dissolve and to become One with the Love that Is, everywhere. All false boundaries evaporate like mist in the sun as you devote yourself to the Oneness of Love.


Am I ready, here and now, to be courageous? I am still asking myself “What is courage?” How do I know if I am ready to be courageous if I am not even sure what courage is?

Is courage releasing my mind’s idea of security? Is courage releasing ideas of “right” and “wrong”? Is that what I am supposed to understand today? Is courage allowing my personality to dissolve? Is courage becoming One with the Love that Is, everywhere? Is courage being willing to give up false boundaries?

I am not sure.

I have this idea that courage requires some bold, brave activity in response to some threat, like soldiers, or people who have faced and overcome bodily trauma like cancer or the loss of limbs, or people who have recovered (or are recovering) from an alcohol or drug addiction, or people who face daily struggles of pain, or personal issues. I have this idea that courage comes under certain circumstances. It’s contextual.

So what does it mean to “have courage” without a context, to simply be courageous?

Is courage momentary, or perpetual?

If I have been courageous in the past, does that mean I am courageous in the present?

Is courage something that can be practiced?

If so, does that mean I would need to place myself in “threatening” situations in order to practice being courageous (and if so…would I want to do that!?)?

All of my contexts for courage include the body/mind, so what does spiritual courage entail?

The “answer” I got to that last question was, “release false boundaries”. I think that means my concept of contextual boundaries is “false”. But I am not sure. I’ll have to think/feel about it.

Ok, so who are spiritual people who have been courageous? The ones that come readily to mind are Jesus, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King. But now that I am asking myself that question, I can think back on history and I come up with Giordano Bruno, or Saint Thomas Moore, or any of the (primarily Christian) martyrs who have died for their beliefs about God.

What made these people courageous? The thing that connected them is that they loved, and were willing to stand for, God or a higher ideal, over and above politics or societal beliefs about “right” and “wrong”.

Am I courageous in that way? Am I doing this Journey so I can be? I am already seeing a lot of things to explore.

What do you think/feel?