Certainty. Say it out loud. Imagine for a moment that you have certainty. You are certain everything is going to be OK – that you are fundamentally OK, safe, loved, powerful, capable, loving, able to speak your truth, able to trust your intuition and guidance from your own Higher Self, connected deeply to ALL That Is, capable of living your life in a state of peace and ever-expanding bliss.
Tony Robbins recently interviewed two Internet marketing geniuses, both multi-millionaires, successful in the “real world” as some like to call it. I have met one of these men personally, Fran Kern. He’s funny, irreverent, enjoys playful swearing, surfing and making lots of money trying to help others learn to do what he does so they can have more freedom, time and money. He is also compassionate, aware and deeply spiritual in his own way.
Frank embodies certainty, not because he is certain that everything he tries is going to work, but because he can ignore the “little voices” in his head from past mistakes, societal expectations, and negativity in general. He has certainty, because he chooses to focus on his intention – seeing a thing as done, and himself jumping up and down at the finish line. This picture is so real to him in his mind that the most natural thing IS to take action toward it, without fear. The outcome is assured, even if the how-to isn’t perfectly understood before he starts.
In the interview, Tony Robbins draws a map explaining why people do or don’t take action, even if it’s in their best interest, and it all starts with Certainty.
Here is the map, with a couple of my own additions:
Certainty is the starting place, what Tony calls “Potential.” He’s asking us to consider – what is the potential of this human being? What do I believe about my own potential? How certain do I feel that I can do this thing, live this way, invite in the life I want? He says that when people are certain that doing something will change their lives, they WILL take action.
When a person is certain – in the mindset of “I know I can do it; I will find a way,” it becomes easy to take action, the next step in the cycle, because it feels good, and the results are guaranteed with your own certainty. Actions, especially inspired and passionate ones, produce results. Once you see the results, your belief in what you are doing gets even stronger, leading to even greater certainty!
I’ve added the step of Celebration, really as a second part of Results, because I find that celebrating what worked, makes me want to do more of it.
So, how do you produce certainty, especially when that little voice in your head is running movies about how things didn’t work out so well in the past? Tony says the trick is to get the results you want in your head first. This does apply to business, marketing, and material success, but the same principle is excellent for your Spiritual path. In fact, I would say these two things are tied together in ways most people never even think about.
The idea is to see the results in advance, as vividly as you can, and to practice this visualization every day, and even several times per day if you need to. It’s a way to re-wire your brain, and let go of old patterns of thinking, or habits of belief, that probably weren’t even yours in the first place!
There’s one twist I’d like to add: from a spiritual perspective, you’re not adding anything new. You already ARE a magnificent being of light, capable of incredible, even miraculous things. This is your birthright gift – you came here with it. What we’re trying to do is to uncover this radiant being that you are, so you can experience the life you came here to live, and share the Love with others.
Stop telling yourself the story entitled “Why I Cannot Be At Peace Now,” and step into the realization that being at peace can only happen NOW, in this moment (paraphrased from Eckhart Tolle’s New Earth).
In the end, it’s all about happiness, and consciously choosing your state of being in each moment. Certainty lives in the Here and Now, and has nothing to do with the past, yours or someone else’s. Start seeing yourself, vividly, as the amazing person you are, certain, capable, worthy of love and riches of all kinds, at ease and feeling good on the inside, no matter what’s happening on the outside.
As Eckhart Tolle says, in The Power of Now, once you stop resisting what is (whether “good or “bad”) you end the suffering. Whether the situation changes or not, you are still free. The cool things is, when we finally see ourselves as the beautiful beings we really are, our outer lives end up looking pretty good too – that’s what I call a win-win