The way I define courage quotient, in a person, is their capacity to allow fear. True courage is not about some dramatic heroism or a show-off act, it’s simply an ordinary openness to allow fear and not shy away from it. A lot of unnecessary heroics stems out of the inability to allow fear within and hence using some external dramatic acts to fake fearlessness. However, true courage is not “dramatic”, because you are not fighting fear but just allowing of it in you – open awareness is just another name for conscious courage. The higher your courage quotient the more free you are in your being, the lower your courage quotient the more suffocated and imprisoned you feel. Most dysfunctional behaviors and negative realities arise from low courage quotient in a person, where he/she lives in constant inner fear and thus creates a negative reflection in his/her external reality.
Not all minds have the same fears, different minds have different flavors of fears depending on its natural makeup and external conditioning. Some people develop their courage quotient from early childhood, under the influence of guidance or just learning from the hark-knocks of their life experience. Some people grow well into adulthood with a low courage quotient, which causes them to develop lot of resistances, anxieties and hang-ups in their being. However, having a high courage quotient does not automatically mean that you will attract a positive reality because it’s very possible for such a person to be “unconsciously” oriented towards other negativities like an imbalance in hatred – so they may be free of fear but imbalanced in hatred, leading to an attraction of negative realities. When you use your “awareness” to bring a balance to your mind, you develop a high courage quotient while also being rooted in a vibration of wholeness rather than being imbalanced in any dimension of the mind.
How does awareness allow the development of courage quotient?
As you grow in the stability of your awareness you start transcending the fears of the physical realm of existence, as they arise. However, initially, as awareness starts growing in you, you may feel a lot of fear because it’s like suddenly shining a light in a dark room revealing objects that were so far hidden from your consciousness. It’s very normal for people, who start growing in their power of awareness, to keep “unearthing” all kinds of fears in their consciousness for a while, almost in layers – the truth is that you are connected with the entire human consciousness, and hence you are fully privy to all its fears (there is no escaping it), and the path to freedom is to see through all these fears so that you are no longer living in a place of insecurity or guardedness.
As awareness grows in you, you inevitably become aware of all the fears present in human consciousness, there is no hiding, and it can seem quite disorienting initially to sense these fears. But, as your awareness keeps growing, you see through all of them quite easily and you reach a place of stability with a high courage quotient where you are no longer fearful of fear. The experience of living life from a place of strong awareness is completely different than living life in an unconscious daze. A lot of people who start becoming aware think about wanting to become unconscious again, because when they were unconscious they were blissfully ignorant of most of the reality of human consciousness and hence were leading a shallow but joyful life (just like kids who are just joyful with no real awareness of life). But to live life unconsciously is like being in sleep, it’s not really living it’s just being a dazed zombie – there is no real wisdom, maturity, depth or freedom in an unconscious state of living.
When you start waking up from this daze of unconscious living, and start becoming aware, for a while it’s quite disorienting and even disturbing to suddenly become conscious of the depth & diversity in all the aspects of life – it can seem overwhelming to your newly growing awareness to become oriented with all revelations that start coming into you because your are now more conscious of the reality of life. Usually around this point a lot of people find ways to dull their awareness through some means, finding different avenues of distraction, going into suppression based spirituality, taking mind numbing chemicals etc.
A lot of people live their whole life this way, trying to numb their awareness through some means of distraction – trying desperately to go back to unconscious state of living. The truth is that once you start becoming aware, there is no going back to unconsciousness, the way forward is towards “full consciousness”, and it happens very naturally when you stop being so afraid of it, when you stop doubting it and when you stop trying to find ways to numb/suppress this movement. If you just allow this awareness to keep growing, by allowing yourself to be open to the fears that are unearthed, it automatically takes you to a place of stability, developing a high courage quotient in you. Some people just do this naturally, without requiring any guidance, whereas some require to be “reminded” that this is a natural process of growth and to not suppress it.
High courage quotient allows faster manifestation
Fear is the biggest resistance to the movement of your life-stream towards manifesting your desired realities. The higher your courage quotient the less resistance you have in your being because you are no longer holding onto any fears. If you have a low courage quotient in you right now, all that’s needed is that you continue allowing your awareness to touch all the fears that arise in your mind, in a relaxed and open way, until you reach a place of some decent stability in your awareness. From this place of stability you can make huge shifts in your courage quotient because you feel stable enough to face a lot of your fears almost as an adventure and inspiration. You always know when you’ve attained some stability in your awareness because at this place you feel open to allowing fear rather than be in fear of it – you almost start experimenting with fear in a playful way, this is when your courage quotient really start getting high.
The advantage of developing your courage quotient consciously is that you don’t become “reckless”, since your growing awareness brings a field of deep wisdom into your life. People who have low awareness, but high courage quotient, usually end up in reckless activities that can endanger their well-being, as there is a lack of wisdom and maturity in them due to low awareness. Consciously coming to a place of high courage quotient allows for life rooted in a harmony and adventure, allowing a balanced/positive experience of reality.