Student: There’s a voice in my head that tells me to retreat from life whenever the going gets tough.
Teacher: That voice in your head is echoing a false truth that you heard at some moment in your past.
Student: What’s the false truth that the echo offers me?
Teacher: Someone told you that it’s best to retreat when things get rough. They advised you that retreating was the safe thing to do. And you took it seriously.
Student: That seems logical to me. What’s the flaw in the statement that says it’s wise to retreat when the going gets tough?
Teacher: What that person didn’t know, and so couldn’t tell you, was that retreating from life stirs a feeling of inadequacy in you. And after that, every time you retreated you preserved that disempowering feeling.
Student: I can sense the truth of what you’re saying. Often I feel as though I am living a cowardly life; playing it too safe.
Teacher: When the feeling of inadequacy lives in your psychology, you see everything new as dangerous. Now you are living an existence unbefitting a being of princely stature like you. You’ve come here to this planet to live boldly, to express freely, and to enjoy the many treasures that life’s challenges offer you.
Student: I have allowed life to intimidate me too often. I can look back and see many treasures that I’ve lost due to my being too shy. I can feel the truth of your message.
Teacher: Your dissatisfaction with being timid is what attracted you to me. You are sick and tired of withdrawing from life every time you hear a cannon roar. Congratulations! Your next step is to dare to advance, and listen not to that echo that screams “Retreat!”
Student: I can feel the power in your advice.
Teacher: When that echo is not in charge of your life – you are in charge of your life.