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Right now – at this very moment in time – you are on a magnificent, wild, unimaginable journey.  A journey filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, highs and lows, surprises, bumps and… bliss.

A journey that is calling your soul to experience all that you’re here to experience; love, learn and grow like you’re meant to; and become the radiant spark of the Divine you truly are.

Believe me, I know sometimes the journey feels more like a climb up Mt. Everest without the right equipment, or like a truck ran over you.  Sometimes it feels like a fish struggling to swim upstream.  And, sometimes… it feels like heaven on earth.  Sometimes we get that glimpse of the glory of this thing called life – and the magnificence of our soul’s journey.

So, what has the power to shift your experience from struggling up Mt. Everest without the right equipment – to experiencing life as heaven on earth?

Here’s something that’s helped me on the journey recently…

I call it living life with your “Arms Up.”

My daughter, Janet, and I are roller coaster addicts.  Which is why we go to Hershey Park as often as we can to ride the coasters that shoot us out from 0-60 mph in one second, drop us down hairpin turns, flip us around with our feet flailing in the air, and send us racing up, down and around every possible way.

Janet  has been riding upside down roller coasters since she was 3.  Since the very beginning we’ve had an “arms up” approach to roller coasters that has recently been transferring over to my life off the rides.

Let me explain…
Just like the roller coaster, life is going to take you on a journey.  And if you believe in the role that SOUL plays in your life, then you also likely understand that much of this journey is determined by your soul’s purpose and plan for you this time around on planet Earth.  And not planned so much from your drive and will.

So, given this understanding, you have two choices…

1) Live in the illusion that you are in control and fight against what’s happening to you, or at least continue to hold on with a tight grip.

2)Understand that something on a much higher and deeper level is happening and surrender to that journey… even when it’s challenging.

You can enjoy the thrill of the ride for what it is through the power of surrender or “arms up” living, or you can hold on for your life white-knuckling it from beginning to end wishing the ride would stop or at least slow down.

But, let me tell you this… the more you become aligned with who you are and what your soul came here to do at this time on earth, the faster the ride goes.

And if you’re not willing to throw your “arms up” and say OK… I’m ready!  This is why I’m here… use me in the ways I was made to be used.  Help me fulfill my purpose and make the difference I’m here to make.   Bring it on!!  Well, then you may just find yourself hanging on to the bitter end… having missed the joy of the ride along the way.

I know you don’t want that for yourself, I certainly don’t want if for myself – or you – either.

So, perhaps just for today… let yourself embrace the “arms up” approach and ride the twist and turns with a little more surrender, a little more trust, and a lot more joy.  You’re going to reach the end destination anyway, so why not let go and enjoy the ride!



About Christine Kloser

Christine Kloser, “The Transformation Catalyst” is a book coach, spiritual mentor and award-winning author whose spot-on guidance transforms the lives of visionaries around the world. She’s trained more than 55,000 authors, and has personally coached hundreds to get their books written and published. Some of her clients have signed traditional publishing contracts, become best-selling authors and appeared in major media including: CNBC, CBS, Oprah and Friends, Time, Business Week, New York Times, Fox & Friends, CNN, ABC, and more. Her passion is to help people liberate their message - so they can be who they were born to be, and do what they were put on earth to do!

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  1. I really do like this ” arms up” approach to life idea. I remember many years ago as a child going on roller coaster rides and guess what? I clenched the bars trying to hold on for dear life. I’ve learned that not everything will go according to plan and that it helps to be fluid, flexible. Now it’s time to enjoy the rides in my life instead of fighting it.

  2. I needed to read this tonight and definitely need to use this Arms Up approach in more areas of my life. So often, I am trying to clutch onto things. The stress of trying to hold it all has very nearly driven me to a breaking point in the not so distant past. How freeing must it be to just throw my arms up, even for one day!

  3. This is beautiful.

    I remember that as a pre-teen, I went to Worlds of Fun and got in line for the Mamba roller coaster. My first time on a big roller coaster! My best friend and I got in line, boarded the coaster, and started inching up the first big climb. All of a sudden panic set over me as I looked to my side and saw the parking lot getting smaller and smaller. I screamed and begged to be let off. “I can’t do this!” was my phrase, and I repeated it over and over. But as we creaked our way toward the very top, so slowly…

    I shot down the first drop and threw my arms into the air. I laughed so much and was thrilled by the speed, the danger, the adrenaline. It was a beautiful experience. I had let go enough to enjoy myself. My best friend and I got in line again, about five times in a row. We wanted to relive that.

    It is moments like that, where we let go, that we truly experience life. It is terrifying, but I’m sure that when we finally throw our arms in the air, we’ll get in line to do it again a million times.

  4. Life pretty much is a roller coaster ride. You have moments when everything is clear and smooth, other moments when you don’t know what to expect, and then there are the very frightening moments. Rather then “grip the rails” just raise you arms and enjoy the ride. Each moment is precious and apart of the experience of living.

    • I totally agree. When it comes to our life experiences, it’s usually best to relax, take a deep breath and allow the universe to conspire on your behalf. The basis of our universe is well-being and order. If we just learn to release all of our resistance and trust in a higher power, then everything will always work out for the best in the end.

  5. This will be a challenging concept for me. I have never really enjoyed roller coasters and if I had it my way there would be no loops, nose dives, or upside down parts. I’m really safe when it comes to life, which is probably why I’m where I am in my life. I do desire a new direction and I guess the best way to start would be with this analogy. I’m scared, but I want different to get closer to the purpose of my being.

  6. I love this article! Truly inspiring. I am a worrier and have a hard time just letting go and let thing what ever happens happen. This inspires me to take those moments of worry and just raise my arms and know that even if there’s ups and down; in the end it’ll be fine. I may even have tons of fun while I’m at it!

  7. Such a fun piece to read! It’s definitely more fun, if more stressful to go through life with the “arms up” as you call it approach. I constantly find myself not taking a risk or going for something I really want because I’m so afraid to fail. But staying in a rut and never getting what I want is kind of in itself a failure. I have to force myself to sometimes, but I am trying to go more “arms up” and realize that even if something doesn’t work out, it won’t matter in a year, or a month, or probably even tomorrow.

  8. This is quite an interesting article. People tend to hold on to what they have that makes them feel safe in approaching their life. By approaching life in ‘Arms Up’ method, you can enjoy life as it is. Whatever that happen, will happen no matter what and everything happens for a reason. I might approach my life differently after reading this :).

  9. Thanks for this article, I really enjoyed reading it and I totally review myself in it. Actually it reminded me of a close friend of mine that always told me, the important is not the result we achieve, but the process that lead to that result. In a society so focused on goals and objectives I feel that we do need to enjoy the processes that make us achieve something.

  10. This article reminded me of when I was kid and loved roller-coasters so much! 9 year old me used to pride himself in having ridden the tallest, fastest, or scariest roller coasters I could find. Although I still love roller coasters I don’t have much time to go to amusement parks anymore, but I still love to challenge myself and do things that are challenging and scary.

  11. That’s one thing we should always do throughout our life, we should always have time to enjoy life, not matter how busy we are. We should never lose our focus of what is important and always leave some time for that. We should just enjoy the ride that life is offering us. 🙂

  12. I love the arms up approach to life! On the other side of it, I hate roller coasters. My mother was extremely overprotective and I am realizing how afraid of everything I am. I have a daughter and she is almost two years old. I don’t want her to go through life fearful of everything that might have the slightest danger. In order to teach her this I must embody it. Next theme park we attend, I will go for the ride I am fearful of and try to put my arms up!

  13. We do need to embrace challenges in our lives, but just the necessary ones, the ones that allow us to grow as a person. By this I mean that we should give importance to what’s important and save energy by bypassing the rest.

  14. This is what I had to learn in order to move on with my life after a hard breakup. Facing loneliness can be rough but if you keep your arms and head up and just go with the flow, the pain goes away. If you learn that life will take you where you need to be, you will stop crawling forward!

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