Live Fearlessly!

May 27, 2013

There is so much happening now in the world that we have no control over: the political and economic situation, the natural disasters, the crime, the violence, and the wars. I could go on, but, I’m sure you get the picture. How can we stop ourselves from being fearful?

At a personal level, are you scared of your future? Are you worried about your career, your health, your relationships, or your finances? Is that worry accompanied by fear?

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Growing up as a child, I always had some element of fear. At home, I was scared I would not meet my parents’ expectations. In school, I was petrified that I would not get top marks. With my school friends, I was afraid I wasn’t popular enough. With the boys, I dreaded I wasn’t pretty enough.

As a university student, I worried that I wouldn’t pass my exams. I was anxious I wouldn’t find a job after graduation. As a career woman starting out, I was fearful I wouldn’t make it in the corporate world. With my relationships, I was always apprehensive that they wouldn’t work out and I would be left alone.

I remember never being able to sleep well because I would go to bed with fear and anxiety, and wake up feeling the same way. Needless to say, I spent many years not having restful sleeps and waking up with a knot in my stomach.

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That was a while ago. I am happy to share with you that today, I sleep very well and live without fear. How is that possible, you ask?

I am blessed to have had a few life-changing moments in my life. One of them was when I was finally able to release all of my fear. Allow me to share my revelation…

Even before I was aware of my kidney disease, I had another life-threatening situation. I was in Berlin when I got very sick. When I was rushed to emergency, the doctor told me I had a severe case of pneumonia. I had a massive amount of water in my lungs which had triggered a silent heart attack. A silent heart attack can be very dangerous as there are no symptoms associated with it. Left untreated, it can be fatal. I remembered the doctor told me I was very lucky that I arrived at the hospital when I did.

I was so surprised by this news. I had felt really sick, but never in a million years thought I could be dying. Fear instantly rushed through my veins as I realized my predicament. Here I was in Berlin, with only two friends in the city and thousands of miles away from my family. I asked God, “Why is this happening to me?” I didn’t understand.

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I wrestled with my feelings trying to make sense of my situation. I thought about Deepak Chopra’s Law of Detachment. Basically, this law says that we should never be attached to the outcome. As I laid on that hospital bed, I asked myself how can I not be attached to living? I didn’t get it. I was being coached at the time and scheduled a Skype session with my life coach. I asked him, “How can I not be attached to living?” His answer to me was, “Can you totally surrender to God and the Universe?”

I didn’t answer him. I really didn’t know what to say. When I finished the Skype call, I had time to ponder over everything. After a few moments, I had an epiphany. Total surrender meant I had to relinquish control over my life and be completely detached to the outcome of wanting to live. This meant I had to be willing to die, voluntarily and with grace. I had to give up all control and trust fully in a Higher Power to orchestrate my life. I comprehended that if it was God’s plan for me to die right there alone in that hospital bed in Berlin, I was completely fine with that because I knew it was for a Higher Purpose. I deeply believed if I better served the world by dying, rather than living, then I would gladly surrender my life.

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Once I understood this, I felt a total release of fear and an overwhelming peace came over me. Since that day, I have never had that fear return, and every day, no matter what is happening in my life or the world around me, that peace remains within me. I live in the moment and when I do that, I do not fear the future, nor the past. I have faith in God and the Universe to use my life for a Higher Purpose. I am prepared to face anything that is before me. I trust everything is as it should be.

You can approach life fearlessly too, by having faith and surrendering to a Higher Power, whether that is God, the Universe, or some other force you believe in. When you do, you will experience the same peace that I have. When you have peace in your heart, there is no room for fear, as the two cannot co-exist.

Love & Light,

Mimi Luk

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Mimi Luk is a personal and professional life coach. Grateful to be alive as a kidney recipient, she is also a health and wellness advocate. Mimi has achieved her knowledge and insight from both personal and professional circumstances to allow her to become an empathetic coach. Her experiences have made her a true believer in the power of intent and the unlimited possibilities of transformation. Currently writing her first book, she believes it will inspire readers to begin their journey of self-discovery, and to have an abundant life filled with peace, love, and joy. Please contact Mimi for information on coaching sessions in-person, by phone, or online via Skype.

14 responses to Live Fearlessly!

  1. Mimi, I applaud you opening up and I admire your courage to completely surrender. You are truly a divine being!

    • Thank you, Chris, for touching me with your most kind words. It really means a lot to me. I try to live my life authentically and hope it shows in my writing. Blessings to you always.

  2. When you have faced death or near death, the perspective. You no longer fear dying. I learned that by being so ill myself.

    • Thank you for your comment, Kathryn. I am grateful for those experiences of near death as I grew so much from having those experiences, including learning to totally surrender, to release all fear. and to be at peace. I really have such an appreciation for life and for all those in my life, including you, Kathryn. Wishing you all the best!

  3. Looking death in the face and surviving the encounter is a life changing experience. We are forced to confront ourselves and our lives. I’ve been there too, Mimi. Two years later, my health is still fragile and I struggle with the work of living daily. But, I have a beautiful life and am grateful for what I have. As I believe the spirit of me and my soul live forever, I do not fear crossing over to my spiritual life. For now, I am where I’m supposed to be and, like you, God has granted me the gift of blissful “peace”. Thank you for reaching out to destroy “fear” and sending “love” and “peace” into world.

    • Cat, thank you so much for your beautiful comment. You touched me deeply with your words. I am sorry to hear your health is still fragile but you are obviously a very positive person. I love that you have a beautiful life and are grateful for what you have. I relate so much to that because as I went through my kidney illness, I truly felt the same. Even though my body was feeling weaker everyday, my spirit soared as I reached a new heightened level of gratefulness and was bathed in blissful peace. Many blessings to you, Cat. Sending love your way.

  4. Mimi,

    Your comments are wonderfully honest, authentic, and I really appreciated your post. I understand where you’re coming from because I’ve been on a journey to move fully into my life purpose for the last year and subconscious fears have been causing me to struggle especially as I get closer to my goal of working full-time with clients. I’ve struggled with depression because of the delays in moving into my purpose and abundance. I have, however, found that I no longer fear death because of living with depression and working to overcome it.

    So many blogs are written from the perspective of what we can do to help ourselves and this has it’s place, however, it’s incredibly refreshing to read posts like yours that are so open and revealing about the author’s own journey and life-changing experiences.

    • Thank you Mary Jane, for your gracious words and honest comments. It means a lot to me. I feel in order to fulfill my life purpose in helping others in a meaningful way as a Life Coach and a Health and Wellness Advocate, I must share myself and my own experiences in an open and authentic manner. I really appreciate that you’ve shared your struggles with me and want you to know that I’m here to support you in moving forward to fully embrace your life purpose. Please let me know if I can help you in any way. Wishing you peace, Mary Jane.

  5. I too am a member of the “near death survivors” club. Coming so close to death taught me to value every moment that I get to spend with my loved ones. It also helped me be bold in going after my goals in life.

    • Hi Aleshia. I am so happy to hear that you also survived! It really does give you perspective about who and what’s important in your life. Every second is precious and I don’t take anything or anyone for granted. Yes, I know exactly what you mean about going after the goals in my life. After my transplant, I was clear in knowing I had to write a book to help others by sharing my story and all that I’ve learned in the course of my life journey. I also knew I wanted to passionately pursue my coaching career so I could empower others to have amazing lives!

  6. I love this candid look into your life and what you did to overcome the fear of death. Acceptance and surrender walk hand-in-hand and create the most beautiful music in life. While I have not had a near death experience I have lived with depression for a majority of my life. Once my Gram tipped me off that the women in our family are predisposed to melancholy I had something tangle to work with and went on to get professional help. By the grace of God I have been able to manage without medication and I am grateful for this!

  7. Kim, thank you so much for your heartfelt comment. I am so happy to hear that you were able to get help and are off medications. I loved your statement about how acceptance and surrender work together in harmony to create the most beautiful music in life. I am so grateful to have had that experience in my own life. May you continue to be blessed as you continue on your life journey. Warmest wishes.

  8. Thank you for sharing your reflections and I honor your courage, Mimi, in this story. It seems we carry many fears with us over the course of our life and it isn’t until a major event like you had that wakes us up.

    I look at my life and have had many awakening moments but only til now do I feel like I’m beginning to understand the depth of those lessons. It’s an exciting journey.

    • Pat, thank you for your lovely comments. It means so much to me. It is true that sometimes it takes a traumatic event to teach us the most valuable life lessons we can learn. In this case, for me, it was to learn how to completely surrender, and by doing so, I was able to release all fear and receive blissful peace in my life.

      I am joyful that you are reflecting and appreciating your own life lessons and comprehending the magnitude of those experiences. Wishing you peace and happiness as you continue your exciting journey.