A Class for Courage
What you'll learn
- The purpose of fear and why it isn't the problem.
- How to spot fear-based thinking (and what to do when you do).
- 4 signs you have a fear that needs healing.
- How to see more good in yourself and the world.
- How to be loving with yourself even when facing fears, pain, and the habits you’d like to break.
- Exercises for uncovering and healing the fearful stories you’re telling yourself.
- Exercises for releasing your need for control, perfection, and certainty and changing the mindset that keeps you stuck in defense mode.
- Patterns of action and reaction that can move you toward or away from your desires (and how to align them all with courage and love).
- Strategies for making the changes you’ve been waiting for, even if you’ve been putting them off for the “perfect time.”
- How to use Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or tapping) to cultivate a more courageous outlook and heal your fears.
- How to develop a more loving relationship with your full self.
- An interest in learning how to be more compassionate and accepting with yourself.
- An interest in making a positive change in life.
- An interest in taking a mindfulness and compassion-based approach to changing fear-based thoughts and patterns.
Giving ourselves the space to answer life’s call with a whole heart and earnest steps is the bravest thing we could do. This might make you bold and brazen, all spotlights and hurdles and crossing oceans. Or it could lead you to the soft and slow of life, art and tea afternoons, naps by the fire, and puttering in the yard.
It’s just as brave to do less as it is to dive in, for who’s to say what is less and what is more when we’re talking about mining the force of life? (Only you.)
The bravest thing answers that little voice asking what if...What will they think or say, what if it all falls apart, what if I'm wrong, what if I fail? with Then what? What if it works? What if I grow? What if I must? And what if it doesn’t matter in the end? I’m here for the doing.
Our fears make sense when we learn how to listen. We want to know we're right because we want to know we're safe. We want others agree because we want to see how we fit in.
It's in our desire to prevent mistakes, avoid suffering, and remain connected that we're tempted to push ourselves deep into boxes that never fit, telling the stories of what happens when you dare stretch beyond their walls.
You see, Dear Friend, the paradox we all need to remember is that it’s okay to be afraid. It's our response to fear we need to be aware of.
Fear is only ever trying to keep us safe, but when we respond to it with more fear, more force, or worse still, shame, our attempts at protecting ourselves can end in losing ourselves. What a tragic loss that is.
The steps involved in growth and transformation will naturally and necessarily disrupt your sense of who you are, what you want, and how things work. But many of us have trained ourselves to avoid that vulnerable part of change, leading us away from the very things we desire. Then, we judge ourselves for it.
And then we say things like, "I don't know what I want. I'm not brave enough to do that."
It's a vicious cycle.
This doesn’t happen because we’re weak or stupid, by the way. It happens because the process of change and being honest (with yourself or others) can be painful and scary.
So, the question is, what stories are you telling?
How do you deal with the scary parts of living?
Introducing...A Class for Courage
A Class for Courage is broken into 4 lessons about healing your fears, transforming your fear-based patterns, and moving toward your desires aligned with true courage. The material in these courses is based on my years of working as a psychologist and teaching positive psychology, mindfulness, and self-compassion.
Lesson 1: Courageous Heart. Align your heart with the guiding principles of the courageous path.
Learn the 6 guiding principles of what I call the courageous path, as opposed to the fearful path. Each principle is a powerful lesson in itself. Each reminds you about who you are, the nature of fear and courage, and the truth about living courageously.
In this lesson, you’ll learn...
The purpose of fear and why it isn’t the problem.
The needs and desires we all share. How are you meeting yours?
How to spot fear-based thoughts (and what to do when you do).
The meaning and feeling of authentic courage.
Tie the whole lesson together with the lesson 1 class materials:
Courageous Heart Meditation for channeling the bravest, most loving part of you. It’s a great one to use when your self-worth is low and your fear is high.
Love Called Me Forward audio recording. It’s a story about fear, love, and stepping into the unknown.
Tapping for Your Courageous Heart Emotional Freedom Technique video and script. An empowering EFT exercise for aligning your heart and mind with the guiding principles of the courageous path.
A 59-page digital workbook filled with exploration exercises and quizzes, thought-provoking journal prompts, and courageous affirmations to put the guiding principles of the courageous path into practice.
Lesson 2: Courageous Healing. Heal your fear with compassion.
Embody the spirit of healing as you examine fears and emotional pain. Discover how attention and action flow together to create either healing or suffering.
In this lesson, you’ll learn...
The healing attitude that relieves suffering and transforms our fear-based habits.
4 signs that you have a fear that needs healing. Do you have one?
How to be loving with yourself even when facing fears, pain, and the habits you’d like to break.
How to make sense of the things you fear. Imagine understanding even your most confusing fears.
How to see more good in yourself and the world.
Tie the whole lesson together with the lesson 2 class materials:
Mindfulness Meditation for feeling accepting, open, and awake. Look at yourself and your surroundings through a fresh pair of eyes.
Where You Are Whole audio recording. It’s reflections on becoming whole and remembering your true legacy.
Tapping for Self-Compassion Emotional Freedom Technique video and script. A compassion-based EFT exercise for moving forward from where you are with compassion and grace.
A 49-page digital workbook filled with quizzes and healing exercises, deep-dive journal prompts, and loving affirmations to bring the spirit of healing into your everyday life.
Lesson 3: Courageous Vision. Look for positive possibility.
Restore truth to the myths of the fearful path and bring peace and strength back to the stories you’ve learned to live by. Envision what you want and how you want to experience life as you practice new beliefs about yourself.
In this lesson, you’ll learn...
The myths that keep us living in fear and how to restore them to truth.
Exercises for releasing your need for control, perfection, and certainty and changing the mindset that keeps you stuck in defense mode.
Exercises for uncovering and healing the fearful stories you’re telling yourself.
How to create new, courageous beliefs about yourself.
Tie the whole lesson together with the lesson 3 class materials:
Courageous Vision Visualization. An immersive visualization with rich imagery and affirmations for supporting yourself through trying times.
Words for Waking Up audio recording. A poem about starting again and telling your new story with love.
Tapping for Courageous Vision Emotional Freedom Technique video and script. A powerful EFT exercise for healing painful memories and fears through your own loving presence.
A 71-page digital workbook filled with myth-busting quizzes and exercises, journal prompts for changing the stories you're telling, and affirmations of new beginnings to help you reveal the myths in your fear-based beliefs and start telling a new story.
Lesson 4: Courageous Transformation. Transform your patterns, transform your life.
Define your own kind of courage along five patterns of action and reaction. Start by building awareness of your patterns now and assessing where you need the most healing. By the end, you’ll have a plan for breaking free of procrastination, resistance, and overdoing it and making the positive changes you’ve been waiting for.
In this lesson, you’ll learn...
Patterns of action and reaction that can move you toward or away from your desires (and how to align them all with courage and love).
How to shift your focus from what scares you to what you desire.
Exercises for feeling whole, engaged, and hopeful about life.
Strategies for making the changes you’ve been waiting for, even if you’ve been putting them off for the “perfect time.”
Tie the whole lesson together with the lesson 4 class materials:
Courageous Transformation Meditation. Surround yourself with light as you awaken the strength, purpose, and freedom in you.
What Lies Beyond These Walls. A story of self-forgiveness, letting go, and emerging again.
Tapping for Courageous Transformation Emotional Freedom Technique video and script. An uplifting EFT exercise for believing in yourself as you take courageous new steps.
A 44-page digital workbook filled with pattern-revealing quizzes and transformation exercises, prompts for getting real and getting ready to take action in a new way, and transforming affirmations for defining your courage and transforming your patterns.
Life's too short to spend it lost, confused, or wishing it away.
We can pour so much energy into chasing what we think we should want and looking outside of ourselves for peace, happiness, and confidence only to wake up one day and realize we still don't feel the way we thought we would. Or worse, full of regret for the life unlived.
Your uniquely extraordinary life has been calling you. Do you know how to listen?
I'll show you how in A Class for Courage.
Who this course is for:
- People who are new to self-compassion but want to learn.
- People looking for more clarity in what they truly want in life.
- People interested in topics of mindfulness, self-compassion, and radical acceptance.
- People who are interested in changing behavior patterns rooted in fear, avoidance, or perfectionism.
Leslie Ralph is a psychologist, award-winning writer, and artist who helps sensitive spirits bring peace to their hearts and love themselves for life. She's the author of There, I Might Find Peace, featuring poetry and meditations for inner peace, love, and strength and How to Have Your Back: Simple Instructions for Loving Yourself Through the Ups and Downs of Life. Her work has been featured on sites like TUT, Positively Positive, Tiny Buddha, and Mind Body Green (not to mention The American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and a few professional psychology journals).
When she’s not writing for grown-ups, she’s creating picture books and artwork for kids, devising kitchen table science experiments with her three children, and taking magical family photos.