There's a scene in Steven Spielberg’s Hook where Robin Williams's character, a 40-something Peter Pan, can’t eat a thing in Neverland because he can’t see the food. In Neverland, food is invisible unless you have the right mindset. The Lost Boys teach him to let go of his grown-up hangups so he can enjoy what’s in front of him: a buffet poised for a food fight only a '90s family film could deliver. When he finally sees the light (i.e. turkey legs), the gang yells "Bangarang!"
The day I started working with a clairvoyant transformational coach felt like one of those moments. I became conscious of blind spots and emotional blocks that were significantly tripping me up in both my professional and personal lives. One thing I have consistently come back to is the idea moving past fear.
We’ve all encountered a wide variety of fears. Some are paralyzing (fear of commitment, gluten), and others are just plain uncomfortable (asking for the whole can of soda on an airplane). All this angst and pains bear the same family crest. They thrive, bent on the same mission: holding you back. I sought out an expert on overcoming the intangible forces that sometimes drive us: clairvoyant transformational coach Christina Carlin. Carlin has plenty of tools in her toolbox for replacing negative beliefs and becoming your best self.
Here are her top hacks for getting over fear and tapping into the brave spiritual gangster we all have inside.
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This story was originally published on October 12, 2015. Updated by Sacha Strebe.