Hint: Don’t run. Just like a lot of things in your life, it’s not as scary as you think.
Despite what you might be thinking, this story is not about an older woman dating a younger man.
I read a news story about a woman in southern Oregon who discovered a cougar relaxing in her living room. That’s right, an actual cougar wandered in, hung out, and took a long nap.
At first, I thought this story was a hoax, because these days I have a hard time telling the difference between the Onion and actual news. But it was covered by several local media, and I was able to find the woman’s Facebook posts with the story to confirm.
The short version is, this woman left her front door open to keep her house cool, and unbeknownst to her, a cougar was in the neighborhood and decided to stop by for a visit.
Now, like me, you might hear that and be thinking, wow, that poor woman probably wet herself and called animal control in terror, and then they came with a sedative gun and knocked out that cougar.
But no, that’s not what happened.
The woman, who describes herself as having extensive experience working with animals and doing energy work, wasn’t scared at all. Instead of calling animal control, she used vibrational energy to telepathically communicate to the cougar that it was safe in her house.
She says she looked at the animal with a loving gaze, making eye contact, as she communicated with it. Apparently reassured, instead of eating the woman, the cougar settled in behind the couch and took a six-hour nap while the woman sat in vigil.
Finally, six hours later and needing to leave, the woman gently woke up the cougar with drumming. She said she raised her vibrational frequency and telepathically sent the cougar a message about how to exit the house by visualizing his path to get to safety. Then the cougar got up and happily ambled out.
The woman described the whole thing as a “blessed encounter”.
Now if you don’t live on the west coast, this story probably sounds insane to you. But as someone living in a very New Age state, it actually doesn’t sound that hard to believe. Just another day in Oregon.
I couldn’t figure out at first if this woman is a cougar whispering hero or totally foolish. I’ve decided it’s the former, and I kind of want to be her new best friend.
Think about it for a minute: something happens that by most people’s definition would be totally terrifying. But she rolls with it and is totally calm and nonjudgmental. Instead of responding with fear and doing something that would injure the animal, she responds with love and has a very profound spiritual experience.
How many times do we approach a situation with fear because we’re conditioned to think it’s scary? You might see a dog on the street, or a teenager who looks shifty, or a cougar in your living room, and immediately make an assumption that they will hurt you.
You respond with fear, and you send that fearful energy out to the universe.
Maybe they pick up the energy you’re sending and act as you expect them to act. Or maybe they don’t, and you wasted that energy for nothing.
Maybe you missed out on an interesting opportunity to learn something about another living being.
Of course, there are lots of dangerous people and situations. I get that, I grew up in one of the most dangerous cities in the country. Just yesterday someone showed me a photo of a murder that his sister witnessed in another country. The world can be dangerous, it’s foolish to think otherwise.
If we approach everything as if it will be dangerous, if we make a snap judgment about what’s dangerous, we miss out on a lot of potentially great experiences.
If the woman in this story had approached the cougar as dangerous, she would have missed out on learning more about the beautiful creature.
I challenge you, as I challenge myself, to start with love, not fear.
Give people the opportunity to rise to your expectations, not fall to your judgment.
You might not ever get the opportunity to communicate with a cougar in your living room, but there are plenty of other profound experiences waiting for you if you just open yourself up to them.
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