Dimensions of Courage

To recognize courage it helps to distinguish the different facets of courage. Some of us show certain kinds of courage well, but fall short in other areas. Try to detect which elements you are exhibiting and which need to be released in your life.

• Spiritual courage. The spiritual journey requires you to be in the present. It is a confidence in faith that propels you forward to keep growing. You become a “witness” to your attachment to results and learn to correct yourself. You surrender your ego to a higher level of courage consciousness and you begin to exist in a place “where courage meets grace.” While all this is happening, humility replaces arrogance and righteousness. The sacred within awakens.

• Emotional courage. As with spiritual courage, this involves knowing yourself. A path dedicated to contemplation is required to release your false identity. Thomas Keating in Open Mind, Open Heart defines it this way: “the self-concept developed to cope with the emotional trauma of early childhood that seeks happiness in satisfying the instinctual needs of survival/security, affection/esteem and power/control, and who bases self-esteem on cultural or group identification.” In the Enneagram, it would relate to the instinctive fears around the three subtypes: social, one-on-one, and self-preservation.

• Leadership courage (individual and organisation). An organization’s courageous culture honors and elevates the human spirit (the opposite of authoritarianism or coercion). The collective purpose of a courageous organization is to unite hearts and minds to achieve inspired results. It means that the organization (and its people) will “fall on their swords” to honor their collective personal courage. Leadership with courage knows the difference between pride and arrogance versus humility and grace.

• Individual leadership courage. Rooted in truth, you know your own heart, speak it appropriately, and show dignity sandwiched with humility. People would label you as brave.

• Ethical/moral courage. This courage is activated by a willingness to choose differently despite personal difficulties. The goal is a higher level of integrity than required by the easy alternative. Moral courage is like a compass. Over a long period of time, a one-degree navigation error will throw you hundreds of miles off course.

• Physical courage. Facing a physical limitation that challenges the human body, using the body to overcome athletic challenges, facing physical dangers, or overcoming serious health problems – these are the best understood forms of courage today. Leading a contemplative life (stopping and “being”) or being centered in mind, body, and spirit are other lesser-known physical examples of courage.

• Personal courage. The way of your heart is perhaps the easiest way to understand this form of courage. It’s a blending of heart and mind, combined with a commitment to holding yourself 100 percent responsible for your actions. You must recognize that your mind is the author of your destiny, as feeling safe in times of uncertainty, and being comfortable with the individuation of your mind also contribute to it.

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• Political courage. Unwillingness to sell your soul is the main characteristic, represented by whether you stand as a politician (selfish) or a statesman (serving others). In other words, is it your intention to do the right thing by putting future needs before political aspirations? Political courage is characterized by humility, not ego. It’s being willing to go to great lengths to voice an unpopular thought that reveals your authenticity.

• Social courage. Social courage shows sympathetic behavior in public, regardless of the circumstances. With discipline and grace you reveal a courage paradox: you do not offend others, nor do you suffer an insult in silence. Your image plays a key role, expressing the conflicting qualities of social grace with a rebellion against society’s constraints.

By discerning and incorporating these aspects of courage into your daily life, you are increasingly demonstrating genuine courage and setting an example for others to look to for confirmation.