She Grows with Allyson Scammell
Ep #54: The 4 Parts to Taking a Leap of Faith
Allyson Scammell: Hey there. Good day to you. This is Allyson Scammell and today’s episode is just deep and timely and exciting. And, I have a sense you’re going to really connect to this content and feel called towards it. Because we’re talking about taking leaps of faith and it is such a timely topic because 2020 has been such a challenging year for so many.
[00:00:34]And some of us have faced deeper challenges than others, for sure. And I think everybody’s received gifts from this year to the gifts that we get in a challenge, but. On average in the collective, it’s been tough unprecedented. we didn’t know, we still don’t know what’s really gonna happen next. And that is really a huge part, a defining part of taking a leap of faith.
[00:01:08]So I just wrapped up. My six month mastermind with 11 soul guided women entrepreneurs ready to live their deepest truth and run a successful business and service to others and the planet. And it exceeded my wildest imagination in terms of the quality of women that showed up. The bond and connection we made and the results people started to bring into their experience.
[00:01:44] And we’ve been playing around the whole mastermind with a specific card deck. Which I will leave in the show notes for you. And it’s the spirit animal Oracle deck by Collette Baron rate and the final card we pulled for our time together. That was the card to take us through 2020 and into 2021 was the grasshopper spirit and the message of the grasshopper spirit.
[00:02:14] It appears to tell you to take a leap of faith. So in this episode, we’ll define what it means to take a leap of faith and how to know when you’re being called to jump, the four parts you can expect to experience before, during and after leaping, and how to flow through the discomfort associated with this natural aligned growth. We’ll end on a challenge that we’ll have you poised and positioned to jump into the next level of your life and in this something better than you could have imagined.
[00:03:00] So be sure to stick around until the end.
[00:03:03]Well, Hey, there, she grows nation. That is the name of this sisterhood of soul guided entrepreneurs. If you’re not already a citizen of she grows nation then I invite you to join our Facebook group of nearly 1000 women running heart-based businesses that are in service to each other and the planet.
[00:03:23]Today, we’re talking about taking leaps of faith. And as I mentioned in the intro, that is the message from grasshopper spirit. And I just want to read to you a little bit of, what is written about grasshopper spirit in the spirit animal oracle guidebook. It says right now you are poised to jump into the next level of your life and move forward into something even better than you could have imagined when grasshopper spirit appears it is a fortuitous time to take a leap into the unknown, for grasshopper spirit represents that innovative spirit that says why not.
[00:04:15] And as a faith in the powers of co-creation you, my friend are being called to trust that this is the right time to go with that idea, relationship or situation, take risks for abundance in all forms will show up for you. Wondrous things await when grasshopper spirit appears. You’re not going to go backward.
[00:04:39] So listen to your intuition rather than fearful ego that resists any change and clings worryingly to what was luck is on your side. Jump up and forward with confidence for spirit has so much in store for you. If only you take that leap. Whew. That is a frigging awesome message. Gets me so excited and yeah, you might be thinking, well, I don’t know if grasshopper Spirit’s shown up in my life.
[00:05:11] Well, I think he is. I think if you’re here listening to this, whenever you’re listening to it, I think you are at some part of taking a leap of faith. And if you’re listening to this towards the end of 2020, You are likely preparing, getting ready,
[00:05:32]getting ready for your leap. So what is a leap of faith? Well, I think we define it. It’s a leap into the unknown it’s. Leaping to that higher consciousness, higher level, fuller potential more an expression of your core gifts, more an expression of your core gifts, more aligned to your truth, the very truth of who you are and jumping into a risk.
[00:06:04] You’re jumping into an unknown. You don’t know how it’s going to play out because you’ve never done it before in that particular way. What makes something not a risk or even a calculated risk is that you have a body of evidence that it’s going to turn out a certain way. You launch a program. Once you get a certain result, you launch it again and again.
[00:06:29] And if you launch a product for example, but you can use this. This is holds true for any part of your life. You launch a product long enough and consistently enough, you’re going to know exactly how many people you’ll be able to call in on exactly what advertising budget and you’ll know exactly what profit is going to come in.
[00:06:48]But the leap of faith is that program that’s even more expensive. It’s more an alignment to your truth. It’s rawer, edgier. It’s on the cutting edge of creativity. You don’t know how your audience is going to react. You don’t know who is really going to be called towards it. There are so many unknowns and maybe you have to invest some money to launch it.
[00:07:20] Maybe you have to show up as an entirely different version of yourself. Maybe. You have to get really uncomfortable to leap up and you have absolutely no idea where or how you’re going to land. You’re leaping into an abyss. That my dear ones is the essence of taking that leap of faith towards your truth.
[00:07:53] Towards your higher purpose towards your why you’re here, why you get up in the morning, why it means so goddamn much to you.
[00:07:59]So how do you know you’re being called to take a leap of faith? How do you know it’s time to jump or just stay the course? Well, I think 2021 is going to be a year of taping. Taking leaps of faith. 2020 has been a year of restructuring of rattling systems of breakdown so we can rebuild. And in the rebuilding, those of us who feel called, you, listening to this feeling called to leap.
[00:08:38] And is something better and truer are the ones and you know it, you know, it, when you know you’re being called when current circumstances just don’t feel good anymore, it’s not enough. It’s not aligned enough. It’s not big enough. It’s not free enough. It’s not expansive enough. It just feels out of alignment.
[00:09:04]You feel true growth knocking on your door, tap, saying you’re not living into your full potential yet. You are powerful. There is something bigger, higher, stronger. It’s calling you. It’s calling you. It wants you to be in fuller expression of your core gifts in greater alignment to your soul’s purpose, your truth, tap.
[00:09:41]And at first, you know, it’s a typical hero’s journey. You’re going to resist the call and say, nah, I like my life. It’s easy. It’s safe. I know what to expect, it’s fine. It’s fine, but eventually the tap, bang. You can’t avoid it anymore. It starts to feel more uncomfortable than your comfort zone.
[00:10:07]And when you feel more uncomfortable inside your comfort zone, then outside of it, or I like to say on the edges of it, it is time to start to prepare. It’s often this is so important. Listen up. Y’all it’s often not the time to actually leap itself. And this brings us nicely to the four parts of taking leap of faith.
[00:10:33] It’s not just leaping. What happens before you jump? Now, imagine you’re going to stand up right now and just jump. What do you have to do first, even with this tiniest little hop, what do you have to do? You have to bend down in some way, shape or form. You got to bend your knees. You have to go down. And when we’re talking about leaps of faith, you have to crouch down sometimes.
[00:11:04] Not always, but sometimes all the way down. All the way down crouch. So how could that look in your life? You could be called to a period of time of just slowing down. You don’t feel like doing anymore. You just feel like being, connecting to the divine feminine, which is a state of being, maybe you feel like a hermit.
[00:11:33]You just want to go into a safe space in your home, a place you like to go shut the door, put on a blankie, listen to nice music, light a candle, curl up, cozy up, connect to higher self. Do nothing. Walk in the forest. Play with your animals. Connect to nature, slow down, crouch down, refill your energy wells. Leaping takes a lot of energy and you can go on adrenaline for a while, but some times the leap you’re in the air for a while.
[00:12:17]So you can’t rely on adrenaline only. You got to fill your tank. You got to fill your well with energy, with life force. Maybe. And let me tell you often, and almost always, it’s looking inside where are the blocks and the resistance that’s going to affect the height of my leap and it’s going to keep me anchored to the ground.
[00:12:48]How can I identify the blocks and resistance that are weighing me down so I can be light weightless, ready to leap higher than I thought could be ever be possible? Spend some time and whilst crouched down, looking at those blocks, looking at those resistances and oftentimes to be honest, The crouch down.
[00:13:15] Isn’t something that you say, Oh, okay, well I want to take a leap of faith. So starting tomorrow, I’m going to start crouching down. It often doesn’t work that way. Normally the crouch just comes and all of a sudden you wake up and you don’t have that drive to get to your to-do list. You don’t have that natural motivation that you normally have.
[00:13:39] You don’t feel like being the productive person you normally are. You know, I went through it big time earlier this fall, and I think I’m still in it, although coming out
[00:13:52]and how it felt like for me is I was just sliding down mud and it felt like it felt good when I gave myself permission to do it. It felt bad when I was shoulding on myself. Well, I should be more productive. Well, I should be tackling my to-do list. Well, I shouldn’t be doing all sorts of things, but when I surrendered to the crouch, I felt like I was sliding down on a warm mud.
[00:14:23]Slide. It felt like a mud bath. I know this might be sound a little bizarre, but stay with me. I felt like, yeah, it was like a mudslide with a very slight incline and I was surrounded by beautiful, nice mud. And I was just sliding down the warm mud slide. So it was like slow. It was warm. It was, Cocooned around me.
[00:14:50]it was good for my skin. It was good for my health and I just let it flow. I just let myself slide down. And this was me crouching down and crouching down. And to be honest, the crouch that I just experienced was so powerful. I don’t think there was any amount of willpower that could’ve willed me out of it and will me to my normal levels of productivity.
[00:15:17] I just, I couldn’t, I was shut down and it felt again, when I surrendered, it felt very good. It felt very aligned. It felt very on purpose. And when I surrendered in those moments and I struggled with it and, you know, with the shooting, but in those moments where I surrender, I really got to know the dark goddess from within, and I spent some time just listening to her.
[00:15:46] What did my dark goddess have to say to me? Oh, and she was mad. Whew. She was pissed off at her number one point of anger. She had several was that I kept pushing myself through during the periods of crouch during the times I was being called to slow down. I pushed myself through and she was so pissed that I didn’t just surrender to what I was being called to do.
[00:16:20] So I just listened to her. I just let her be mad. I let her have her voice. I talked to her and then once she got everything out that she wanted to get out, all of a sudden the light goddess from within would just show up. Connect me to the voice of my higher self, give me downloads messages, encouragement, or just a beautiful blissful connection.
[00:16:48] That feeling of alignment of Trinity, felt so good.
[00:16:53]And I was in that period for awhile, that crouch. And then all of a sudden something happens, especially when you surrender to the crouch, you wake up and you have an idea, you feel creative, you feel called, you feel inspired. Something calls you, something, calls you to something really big. And if you are running a soul guided business, you would get a real calling of service to create amazing content or products or services or connection that is in service to your people.
[00:17:36] And all of a sudden, there’s this natural motivation that returns. And then all of a sudden something comes. From you from someone else that says it’s time to do this. It’s time to take a risk. You don’t know how it’s going to pan out. You will have to jump into the unknown, but it’s time. It’s time to push the outer edges of your comfort zone because the comfort zone is no longer comfortable.
[00:18:08]And if you’ve done a nice proper crouch and you’re away down to the ground and you’ve really given yourself permission to rest, and you’re rested, you may or may not feel ready. You may or may not feel ready, but then you see the opportunity. You get the calling for something bigger, riskier, more unknown, exciting, exhilarating, scary, unsure.
[00:18:41]You want it bad. You fear that you’ll never get it. You fear you don’t deserve it, but you got to try. So you leap. Maybe you raise your prices by a lot. Maybe you. Launch finally launch your soul guided business. You finally launch that podcast. Start writing that book. you leap to that higher place.
[00:19:12]And then once you leap into the unknown into the abyss, there’s. A feeling of free falling, you know, you’ve leaped up and then you’re going to start coming back down, but you haven’t landed yet. You don’t know where you’re going to land. You’re coming down. Maybe you feel like you’re coming down slowly.
[00:19:33] Maybe you feel like you’re coming down fast, but it’s falling into the darkness. And this, my friends, this is the time to connect to higher self. This is the time where your brain is going to come in and want to calculate the landing and have all the answers and have it all figured out. But this is the time where you just won’t have the answers.
[00:19:59] You just won’t have it all figured out. You’re falling into the abyss. You have to connect to that higher source. Connecting the spirit guides, you have to connect to the nonphysical wisdom and consciousness who can see, they can see, they know what’s your, what your alignment is. They know what your trajectory is.
[00:20:23] They know where you should land. They know what it’s going to look like. You don’t, there’s no way you can. You’re in a free fall. You’ve taken a leap of faith. You’ve never done this before. You’re falling. And your brain is going to want to have it all figured out and that will not be possible. So this is the time when we can second, guess it and say, well, that wasn’t a good idea.
[00:20:50] Well, that didn’t go exactly as I’d hoped. Well, that was a failure. ah, you’re still falling. You haven’t landed yet. You don’t know. And because you don’t know, and your brain is always trying to keep you safe and it’s always trying to help you either survive or thrive. And it’s looking for the knowns.
[00:21:12] This could be the time where your brain tells you to come down to the ground before it’s time cut off your free fall. Come down now. So you don’t get that forward movement. You don’t get that height that you are meant to, you land too soon because your brain is trying to keep you safe. There’s two things to do to stay in alignment during the free fall.
[00:21:41] The first thing is to recognize that discomfort is part of a leap of faith. You cannot leave without you cannot grow without some discomfort. And so you recognize that and you make peace with it. Start to see the discomfort as a beautiful, amazing integral sign of your growth, part of your growth. Oh, wow.
[00:22:07] That was uncomfortable. And I did it and I’m amazing. And that was amazing. The discomfort is a super important part of all this. So I’m going to be chatting more about it in just a minute. The second thing to do is to surrender, to and be guided by your higher self, the voice of your higher self and any spirit guides you bring in to guide you forward and reassure you that you are in alignment.
[00:22:37] You are doing everything right. Or if a tweak needs to be made, you make the tweak guided by your higher guidance, no matter how connected or disconnected you feel to higher self and spirit guides, you can always ask yes/no questions with pretty darn accuracy. Ask your heart space, ask your gut, like at your solar plexus.
[00:23:04] Yes. No questions. Get specific with your yes, no questions. If your body feels like it’s leaning forward. It’s yes. If your body feels like it’s leaning backwards, it’s no. See if you get a gut aha. Or see if you feel like there’s a yes. You see here sense no, there’s a yes. Coming from your heart or no. Do I turn right?
[00:23:27] Yes. Do I turn right right now? No, you can get so specific with yes, no questions. And if you have a deeper connection and you are able to get downloads and open-ended questions, do it, you know, rely on the gifts you have, the intuitive gifts you have, you don’t need this ability to ask open ended questions, but if you have it, don’t forget
[00:23:54] this is the time to really reinforce some sort of daily spiritual practice. And get real divine guidance during this part three of the take leap, taking that again, during this part, three of the, take a leap of faith process, the free fall to recap, we have part one, the crouch down part two, the leap part three, the free fall and part four, the landing.
[00:24:27]Normally, when we have surrendered to the crouch down, we have taken the risk and decided to jump when we’ve kept some form of alignment because we’ve connected to higher self and we’ve received direction and guidance during the freefall. Normally we land in a place that’s just, as the grasshopper spirit said it would be, and you’re not really landing down.
[00:24:58] You’re landing forward, higher, you’re landing to a forward version, higher version of yourself that is better than anything you could have imagined. And you’re like, Whoa, I’m so glad I did that. Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh, my upper Midwestern accent coming out and you will say, Oh my God, am I glad that I did that?
[00:25:25] My God am I glad I am where I am today? Oh, it feels so good. Oh, I’ve been rewarded for that. I have been rewarded for that. And very often when you’re at that higher place and you’re able to look back and you’re like, whew, I was out of alignment back there. You kind of start to realize how bad it was in some cases.
[00:25:48] And the more you do that, this, the more you look back, the alignment’s always going to be greater and greater, but you’re always going to realize that things were off. And now they’re not, or at least they’re less off. And there’s one constant throughout the four steps, which is a really important part of the process.
[00:26:12] And it’s what actually makes us leap it, what it’s, what propels us to that higher level. And that is good. Old, our good old friend, mr. Discomfort. Discomfort is a natural part of any growth. I remember my four year old crying through the night because she had leg cramps from growing pains. She had growth spurts.
[00:26:38] She grew so fast that our physical body started to hurt. Well, leaps of faith, our growth, you growing to the next level. And there are always growing pains. It’s uncomfortable, not painful. There’s a difference. Pain comes when you’re out of alignment. Pain comes when you’re not speaking your truth pain comes when you’re holding back.
[00:27:04] Your core gifts, pain comes when you are not an expression of the person you truly want to be. Discomfort comes when you. Do choose truth when you do choose your core gifts, but you’ve never chosen them before, or you’ve never chosen them in that way. And you’re doing things different, presenting yourself, different, taking the risks, showing up differently, doing the pivots, investing the money, investing the time.
[00:27:38] That’s part of leaps of faith. And that is all uncomfortable. So the best thing to do with that good old friend discomfort is befriended and just have the inner knowing that you cannot grow without it. It is your friend. The discomfort is what is helping you leap up. It’s propelling you up. Is your good old friend discomfort.
[00:28:08] So when you start to recognize it and see it for what it is and accept it as a natural part of the process, it is much easier to flow with it. If you are rejecting it. And don’t want to experience it. And what I think happens most often is mistaking it for something else. Then you get out of flow with the discomfort and actually then gets painful.
[00:28:40]What I have experienced. Both in my life and with clients, is that people think discomfort is I’m doing something wrong. I’m failing, I’m misstepping, it is uncomfortable. Therefore I must be on the wrong path. So then the question becomes, well, how do I know it’s pain? And I’m out of alignment or it’s discomfort.
[00:29:02] And I’m in alignment,? Higher self, my friend. Do not under any circumstances, rely on your brain to decide whether or not you’re feeling pain, unaligned, pain, or aligned discomfort. Your brain’s going to steer you to that place where it thinks you’ll be safe. And that’s very often a non-aligned place.
[00:29:27] Taking a leap of faith is taking a risk. It’s not necessarily safe, but it’s necessary and you’ll never feel truly aligned without these leaps of faith. So higher self will guide you. Higher self will guide you ask the question it’s yes, no. Is what I’m feeling right now? Pain. No. Is what I’m feeling now?
[00:29:53] Discomfort. Yes. Am I in alignment? Yes. Do I need to be doing anything differently? No. Let your higher self guide you through the discomfort. And tell you exactly what’s happening. Taking that again and tell you exactly what’s happening.
[00:30:11]Your higher self will guide you. And let me tell you, I just went through a big period of discomfort and to be honest, with this leap of faith, I just did, and I have done many in my life, but with this last one, Because I’m getting better and better at like recognizing each stage of it and understanding what’s happening.
[00:30:33] So I can really get into alignment with it and flow with it. It came during the free fall. I already take, I had crouched down, I’d taken the leap and I was free falling. I didn’t know how or where I was going to land, how it was going to all end up. And during that part of free-fall, it felt discomfort,
[00:30:53] but you know what it felt like?
[00:30:55]Felt like growth. And it was just this like gnawing feeling it was like, bubbling at the surface of my skin. And if I’m not mindful, if I taking that again, and if I wasn’t mindful, I would have mistaken it for something else. Fear, stress, not alignment, but I knew that wasn’t right. So I checked with higher self.
[00:31:20] What is this? What is this uncomfortable feeling I’m in? I can’t quite put my finger on it. And my higher self said one word to me, growth. You’re growing. You’re expanding. Your container is getting bigger. So you can call more in.
[00:31:43]Ah, so I had to spend about three days. That’s about how long it lasted for me this time around, but this of course can vary, but when you get really mindful of it and you just give yourself permission to feel, that’s all you have to do. Recognize what it is. Check in with higher self and feel, just feel the discomfort. It’s uncomfortable, not painful, uncomfortable.
[00:32:18] So dark go nose deep into Facebook. You know, Facebook, newsfeeds, binging, Netflix. you know, rearranging furniture in order to distract yourself or numb yourself from it, just feel it. While I was cooking, I was feeling it while I was meditating. I was feeling it while I was just sitting on the couch.
[00:32:43] I was feeling it, feeling, and guess what that does? Releases. Feel and release. Ah, yeah. And what happened after I felt and released is I landed fantastically. However, it’s not over, I haven’t fully landed. I think when you take a leap of faith, you land again and again.
[00:33:08]So the discomfort stays, but it softens with each land and it gets easier and you’re able to get into even greater alignment to the flow of the leap of faith.
[00:33:23]So to recap, light workers everywhere are being called to take a leap of faith in 2021. That is that jump into that higher version of yourself without knowing how you’re going to land the jump into the abyss. There are four parts to that jump. There’s the crouch down and the more you can surrender to that, the better there’s the leap up.
[00:33:51]Which will feel scary. And sometimes you need some extra support holding your hand to leap. Then there’s the free fall. And that’s the time where you could often misunderstand what’s happening and that’s the time to stay in constant connection to higher self and spirit guides to know what you’re feeling.
[00:34:19] And to make the right decisions and understand what’s happening. And then finally, there’s the landing that sometimes your reward, when it all pans out, the way you wanted it to. And it’s sometimes just a spot to regroup and get ready to crouch down again. And dear friends, my challenge for you this week is a big one.
[00:34:45]And it is to go to your heart space, ask your heart, ask your gut, get a lean forward, get a lean back, get a yes or no. Am I being called to take a leap of faith right now? I have a hunch that many of you will receive some form of the answer. Yes. And my challenge for you is just to notice. What starts calling you, and if you’re being called the crouch down, surrender to that crouch to stop doing and start being come down.
[00:35:22] So you are perfectly poised and positioned to leap. And I want to thank you so much for listening. I just want you to know how much I appreciate you, how much I’m cheering you on how much inspiration I get every time I see you leap you being the soul guided entrepreneur. And I fully believe in my heart that the world doesn’t want.
[00:35:52] Soul guided entrepreneurs leaping. It needs you leaping, and that’s truly going to make this world a better, more loving, more connected place. And if you’d like my help calling in ideal high value clients, then grab your free checklist to attracting ideal clients to your business. Right now. Your offerings are way too important to be invisible.
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