By Paul T
A while back I asked you to look to Magneto for tips on living consciously. This week, I ask you to look to Batman – or rather Bruce Wayne. 🙂
Please humour me and watch this 4 minute video – an excerpt from Batman: The Dark Knight Rises: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXxw-zXRqOs
I LOVE this sequence. I watched the movie over a year ago and it still sits with me.
We have Bruce Wayne, trapped in a prison at the bottom of a huge pit. The only way out is up – by climbing the crumbling wall of the pit. To add to the futility of the situation, he has anxiety due to a similar traumatic experience he had as a youth when he spent time trapped at the bottom of a well after falling in.
He attempts to scale the wall, a herculean feat, with only a rope harness to serve as a ‘safety net.’ Needless to say he fails. Multiple times.
Another prisoner sees him struggling and takes it upon himself to offer guidance. He suggests that it is fear of death that will give him the drive he needs to pass this test. He then tells Bruce to make the jump without the harness. Bruce listens to the wise man’s advice even though it seems to be whack. He packs for the journey this time – a sign of confidence. Something in him has shifted.
When he attempts the climb without a harness, he successfully makes the jump. He accomplishes a seemingly impossible feat because of his fear of death.
I can relate to this scene. I see it as an analogy for taking risks in my own life. Two months ago I quit my job, despite not having another job to go to. Kinda like taking a leap without a harness. I have yet to find a new job and yet somehow I am still alive & kicking. I have no idea what’s next, but as my resources run out I feel like my ‘fear of death’, or in this case fear of failure, is helping to focus my efforts. Because I have much to lose I am expending much effort to secure my next job.
Something in me has shifted. While I haven’t completed my jump yet I know I will.
What safety nets are holding you back? Family, friends, a job, money, etc? I think it’s worth reflecting to figure out what harnesses you have that might actually be impediments.