Matthieu Ricard
Transcending Fear Magazine
Feb 2010
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Spinning Out of Control
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"Fear and love are present in everything, because we all desire to love our lives, and the aspects of our lives that we do love, we always fear losing."
-Brian Stuart Germain

Fear is the opposite of everything that we want. It is also between where we are and wherever we are going, so me might as well get used to it. It's always going to be in the room no matter where we go.

Since this is the case, it couldn't hurt to spend a little more time thinking and talking about fear, and the ways that we have overcome it in the past. Each time we choose to take a moment to calm down, re-evaluate our circumstances, readjust our internal feeling and then proceed with a fearless attitude takes us one step closer to isolating the core truths that tie together the entirety of human experience. Therein lies the secret to everything.
Brian Germain
February 15, 2010
Spinning Out of Control
Matthieu Ricard
Control and Surrender
by Brian Germain

I have encountered a great many skydiving students who run into spin problems at some point in their development. In fact, I was one of them. I nearly spun myself silly before eventually figuring out how to fly, but I wish that someone had sat down with me and given me the "secret stuff" to flying my body in freefall. The following is a piece of that message:

The Cure from the Spin Doctor:

1) Relax
2) Breathe Slower
3) Surrender to Having a Good Time

You need to surrender to the wind, and let it shape you. You cannot fight the wind. You are too small. You are too weak. It is too complex. All you can do is let go and allow it all just happen. In order to fall straight down you will need to create some force by pushing your ankles and feet out a bit to get them off your butt. However, this amount of force is only a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of resistance that you are used to putting into other things in life. This is skydiving, and things are a little different here. The only way to flow with the wind, is to become part of the wind. Let go.

This is not something that most people are used to doing. We push harder when we feel resistance. We do it in everything in life. Of course, the key is always to go the way that feels easy, the way which feels good. Skydiving is just more obvious. If we carry resistance, we spin out of control. It happens to anyone, anywhere, in any kind of sky. Windy, hot, cold or cloudy. There is a common thread. Resistance is pointless. It simply doesn't work.

If you are trying to turn a key in a lock, and you encounter resistance, beware of force. Who hasn't broken a key off in a lock at some point in their life? We carry the wrong kind of vibe, one of unhappy resistance, and we try too hard. We leave finesse behind. It simply is the wrong angle, and we need to back off and try again with a different attitude. With skydiving, this is easy in some ways. We just land from the jump, debrief and regroup, and try it again with a better deep breath before exit. In truth, however, the skydive can be reset at any point during the jump. All we need to do is wake up. We have to realize that things are not going well, and that it is entirely our fault. We can then assume responsibility for our own vibe, and start again with the next breath.

What we are talking about is mood control. You need to first realize that you are not currently in the mood that leads to skill. You are in the mental place that starts bad, gets worse, and if we do not get ourselves back under control, spins into a full-on disaster. You can't get there from here.

If you are realizing that things are not going well for you, in skydiving and in life, you need to stop. You need to find a way to look at your world differently so that you begin to feel relief. It is a gradual, step-by-step process of deliberately pointing your mind toward an aspect of your reality that makes you feel better. Before long, you will remember why you are here. You will connect with your original happiness. Once you are there, you have access to your full skill, your full joy, and your full appreciating of the wondrous nature of this very moment, whatever it is.

Skydiving is not just for fun, it is powered by fun. Fun is not only the product of jumping out of an airplane it is the most important safety measure one can take. If you are not having fun, you will create experiences that are even less fun. It is the bad trip. When you realize you are on one of those trips again, remember that we all go there from time to time, and that it's just part of the big journey, and simply take a new breath, and let that whole feeling go. Fear is a perspective that simply is not worth looking through, because it always leads us away from where we want to go.

Surrender to the wind. Surrender to being OK.

The beauty of this sport is,
you are not just learning how to skydive,
you are learning a better way to live.


Sunset North Pole
Thank You for Being Brave
In your own specific ways, your choice to live beyond the reality that fear suggests is actually making the world a better place. With each smile directed at a stranger, with each brave act of joyful expression of who you are, you expand the limits of the Universe, and thus earn your footprints in the sand.

Remembering this about yourself, can you not feel your supreme value? We do, and we thank you for being here, doing what you do. Keep it up.

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