The Great Sacrifice

Post by Jo Anna Rothman.

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The Great Sacrifice

You don’t have to offer up your greatest loves and most vital heart to the gods of the way. You don’t have to lose all that is good and holy in service to getting to that magical end. But the road does require a sacrifice. You can’t keep moving on with the same baggage you started with. At some point you must offer up something you hold as precious at the feet of the Universe in return for continued passage on the path to whatever it is you seek.

What will you sacrifice? The pain? The fears? The voices that you have listened to over and over… the ones that try to keep you safe by any means necessary? Maybe it’s time to let go of the definition of you that you have cleverly crafted after all these years? What about the anger? The judgements that you have stored deep in your gut… blaming you and god and anyone else? Perhaps it’s thing, that thought that you are so convinced is right even though it tears at your heart each time it shows up? Only you know for sure. Only you know what is ready to go.

For me, it has been the stories. The ramblings in my mind that had defined who I thought I was. What I thought I could do. What I was worth. The surrender of them to fire was not easy. It ached to drop the warm comfort of the familiar for the wide open spaces of possibility. The undefined can feel phenomenally scary and yet I knew that to continually step into who I am, I could no longer allow the limits I placed on myself because I pretended to know.

The sacrifice happens again and again. The fire of life rises up to meet us. And each time it requests something for its light. For its might. For the power and vitality it provides in those dark moments of clarity that are sure to come. I have offered up old stories of abandonment, only to come to know that I, a child of this world, could ever be alone. Stories of lack, to be shown the expanse of love that was present when I opened my eyes. Stories of shame, that left me wide open to be seen, cherished and celebrated for all the things I had once kept inside.

Getting to where we want requires us to change. It is the fundamental reason of the way. We get to shed our skin as we greet the dawning of everything we have claimed we desire. It is a privilege. And it is often a challenge.

What are you willing to sacrifice of who you thought you were in order to become who you are?

I’m Jo Anna. Jo Anna Rothman, MA if you are being fancy. I’m a Wizardess of love. Mistress of change. Conjurer of Electric Creative Wholeness.

I am here to invite and inspire you to live the best human experience ever. I connect folks to their soul, their purpose, their absolute and amazing joy. I coach. I write. I facilitate the amazing Receiving Project.  Most of all, I have a damn good time!

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