Movin’ Up

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Gabby Bernstein asked, “What does it mean to Level Up?”  The reality is that we don’t have a clue what this life is really about.  Sometimes that’s scary.  We don’t know what to make of it, we don’t know what to do, we pretend that there may be some standard we have to live up to in order to prove our worth. 

The good news is that if we can buy into all of that crap for as long as we have, then we can learn new ways to think.  I’ve been reading a lot lately about unlearning in place of learning something new.  There is a certain liberation that comes when you understand that you can let go of things at any time.  physical things, emotions, patterns, beliefs.  I don’t think we take enough time to consider the weight of what we carry.  We take on everything that comes before us, we have to process it, we have to make a judgement of it in order to make it fit, and we have to integrate our own learnings.

In order to do that, you need to get comfortable with yourself on every level.  Accepting who you are in spite of anything anyone told you.  The way you look, the way you think and identifying those parts of yourself that don’t belong to you.   

So many of the habits and thought patterns we have aren’t even ours.  We are immediately indoctrinated into a system of what we are supposed to do.  We go to school to learn what everyone else is learning and we are supposed to give up our sense of autonomy in order to be “accepted.”  Leveling up means giving up that forced sense of homogeny and opening up to our autonomy.  I’m not talking about giving up all social norms or interaction with society—but I am talking about giving up the idea that you need to blend.

To me, that is the definition of leveling up.  Full, radical acceptance of self is leveling up.  Boundless confidence and recognizing our limitlessness is leveling up.  Taking chances on things that light us up is leveling up.  Making moves to change your situation is leveling up.  Anything that makes you feel better or peels back the layers, anything that makes you feel free is leveling up.

It doesn’t matter if we don’t know exactly what comes next or what the point of all this mess we call life is.  There is no competition—all of that is a man-made construct in our imagined fight for created power.  All we can do is what feels right and learn to let go of the systems that have been designed to benefit the few and keep us locked in place for a millennia.  Get better for yourself.  Do better for yourself.  Create better for yourself.  That is what will get you to the next level.

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