Vulnerability is often deemed as a weakness.  Somewhere along the way, society has decided that if we show our vulnerability, we show our weakness and thus allow ourselves to open to pain and hurt.  We fear this on such a deep level that oftentimes we are not aware of the blocks that we have created with regards to vulnerability.  Our society reinforces this by displaying images of people “pushing through” hardship without help.  It displays the “tough” and “mighty”.  The “courageous”.  These images, however, are far from the truth and only serve to disallow us from our own inner truth, strength, and courage.

Vulnerability is the utmost rawness of emotion and energy.  Within the exchange of vulnerability there lies an open door to the soul of the beholder.  The receiver of the vulnerability can fill the passageway of the door with light and love or with fear and shame.  If the receiver chooses to fill the passageway with light and love then they open the door of acceptance and compassion within themselves.  By opening this door, they can tap into their own personal power and use it to serve the beholder of the vulnerability. When this happens, the beholder receives strength and courage.  They are once again centered and brought back into their own power.

It is a gift of trust to someone show their vulnerable side, and thus it must be a gift of acceptance to receive it.  In this combination, both parties benefit greatly from the exchange and a deeper bond is created.  Conversely, when fear and shame is used against the beholder of vulnerability, higher walls are built for protection and we move further away from love and our inner light.  It also removes us from courage because there cannot be courage without vulnerability.  The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.”  Is that not what vulnerability is?  Courage cannot be present without vulnerability because vulnerability is at the root of courage itself.

Just think of any hero who has put themselves at risk in order to save another person.  In that moment, they were completely vulnerable to fate itself.  If they had not had to expose themselves in such a manner, there would not have been any courage.  Think of the person who has a speech impediment who chooses to stand up and say a speech in front of hundreds of people.  They expose the single most vulnerable part of themselves and by doing this, they find their courage.

Now consider how our animals do this to us on a daily basis. They constantly display their vulnerability to us by trusting us on such an incredibly deep level. They will follow us off a cliff if we ask them to. Horses are constantly asked to put themselves in positions that their natural instincts tell them is unsafe, yet they do it for us. Dogs roll over on their back and display their vulnerable undersides for us to scratch. On a daily basis we overlook the courage of our beloved animals. We do this because we are used to seeing it and simply understand it to be normal. But how often do you have a person show that much vulnerability to you? How often do you show that much vulnerability to someone else?

To live our lives as we hope to, fulfilling our dreams and aspirations, we need to begin to learn how to become vulnerable once again.  We need to tear down the stigma that it is weak and instead embrace that it is courageous and leads to further courage.  We need to open our doors of compassion for those who present us with vulnerability as well as open our own doors of vulnerability to those who we trust.  Through this, we will find a courage that we believed only heroes to have.  We will begin to understand that we are the heroes of our own lives and of those around us, including our animals.

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Lisa Holbrook

Lisa Holbrook is a professional animal communicator who strives to bridge the gap between owner and animal through loving communication and understanding. Click photo to learn more about Lisa.

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