Briana Bowley

Briana Bowley

Briana was born to seek out and push through the limits of human potential. She’s a crazed explorer, mixed martial artist and all round movement junkie. Her obsession with growth, knowledge and understanding consciousness have lead her into her work as a public speaker, writer and mindset coach, working with athletes, entrepreneurs and the real go-getters through her business ‘The Live Free Movement.’

Briana dreams of travelling the world, literally taking in as much of life as she possibly can – from the deepest depths, to the highest heights. Her willingness (and unwavering desire) to face each and every one of her fears head on ensure a story or two. Throughout this process Briana’s goal is to inspire as many people as possible to look within and consider the potential that lives within them that currently goes unseen.

“To live without limitations, you must CHOOSE to live without limitation.”

 

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The Quantum Mirror

Consider this; all of life is a mirror and reality itself is merely a reflection of the combination of your perceptions, thoughts, beliefs, emotions and actions.

As the line between science and spirituality slowly blurs, the once disregarded beliefs of spirituality are slowly coming to light as viable. The concept of our personal vibration manifesting and attracting the circumstances, events and experiences of the world around us, was once deemed as new age spirituality BS, however it is now being scientifically proven as factual. The best science of the 21st century now concludes that we are deeply connected to both our bodies and the world around us through our thoughts and emotions.

Science now tells us that our emotional states signal the chemistry in our brain to release into our bodies in order to regulate our physical body. This means that our physical body is essentially made up of the combined chemistry of our thought processes and emotional states.

 

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Quantum Physics also shows us that everything is energy, so at the most basic level our entire physical body is pure energy. However, the energy does not stop at our skin; it is not limited by the boundaries of our physical body. Our energetic vibration expands from within and beyond the body. Physicists now know that we are energy connected to the energy of the world. We are connected, not only to one another, but also connected to the world around us in a deeper way than we ever thought possible.

With this understanding of Quantum science we can begin to understand that all that occurs within our reality is something that was previously asked for in one way or another, whether consciously or unconsciously. We have the ability to choose and shape what appears in our world based upon the mental and emotional perceptions we hold. Consider the power that you harbour with the ongoing opportunity to shift and shape your external world through small, simple shifts in your internal world.

With the understanding that our physical world is created through our energetic frequency, we hold a responsibility. Being the masters of our destiny, we must realise that everything that plays out in our life, whether for better or for worse, ultimately is created due to one thing: You. When you hold the power of shifting your thoughts, feelings and perceptions to create the reality you desire, you remove the ability to play the victim, to blame. You remove the need to continuously look outside of yourself to fix anything or to gain insight, because it all comes back to one thing – yourself.

 

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When we recognise that our current reality; career, health, relationships, finances, mindset, all begin and end with our internal world, nothing is impossible. The transformation of your life is an inside job. Your ability to create the life of your dreams - whether that appears in the form of traveling the world, building a business empire or simply creating the family and home you’ve always desired - depends upon the quality of the thoughts that you think and your ability to understand and stabilise your emotional perceptions.

Your willingness to reflect upon your thought processes, your belief systems, your past and your emotions, dictates the limits you place upon yourself to create whatever it may be that you desire. As empowering and overwhelming a revelation as this may be, it is important to remember that baby steps are all that is required.

How many of your thoughts belong to you? How many are learned?

How many of your fears are yours? How many have you learned from observing others?

How many of your beliefs are entirely yours? How many have you just accepted as truth based upon those you have learned them from?

 

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Simply bringing an awareness to the thoughts you think, the emotions you feel and the situations that trigger these to arise, is already a giant leap in the right direction. Everything you desire is possible through a small, simple shift in your internal world, so what will you choose to create?

That is the ultimate responsibility. That is the ultimate power. That is the ultimate discipline. That is the ultimate freedom.

 

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Facing Fear


Fear is a primal response that is vital to keeping us safe from potential physical and emotional threats. When fear arises, it causes a change in our metabolism and organ functions as well as impacting behaviour. We see this in the form of running, hiding, temporary paralysis or sometimes priming ourselves for conflict (commonly referred to as the fight or flight response).

Our fears can be categorized as either rational or irrational and are modulated by our cognitive function, learning and past associations. Although fear is vital in keeping us safe from danger, trauma and past events lead us to fear situations that are far from life-or-death, and thus hold us back in life. Recognising this, we can break fear down into two types: fear fuelled by the potential danger of death or ‘ego’ driven fear (including fear of rejection, failure, success, humiliation, loss or uncertainty.)

 

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To understand where our fears stem from, it is important to consciously deconstruct them in order to recognise exactly where the perceived threat lies. It is during the moments when we feel fear that we must learn to investigate what lies beneath the emotional intensity. It is worth asking ourselves:

“What happens if I do/don’t do that?”

“What is the worst case scenario?”

“Is my fear likely to result in death or simply a judgement of self?”

Regardless of the perceived threat, fear is simply a construction of our own mind projecting into the future with a ‘what if’ mentality. However, knowing this on a mental level does not take away from the physical reaction fear has on the body as it is unable to tell the difference between a genuine threat and a perceived threat. Therefore, regardless of whether we are running from a tiger or simply presenting a speech to a crowd, the body has the same physiological fight or flight response.

At the bottom of every fear exists only the idea that we are unable to handle whatever life may throw at us. With this understanding we can further deconstruct what causes us to feel afraid – anxious even, and begin shifting our awareness to creating a solution. If a lack of trust and self-confidence is the basis of all fear, then our goal is no longer to eradicate it, but rather to build trust and confidence in ourselves, our knowledge and our abilities.

A common misconception in building self-confidence is that if we don’t have it we simply never will. However, confidence is not built THROUGH having it, but rather confidence is created in lacking it. Confidence must be gained through consistent practice despite lacking it initially.

 

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If we consider the day we first learnt to drive a car, many of us felt uneasy about learning something new, but regardless we went ahead with courage. Most will have felt incompetent at first as they learned the step by step procedures required to operate a vehicle. After much effort and consistent practice, we begin to feel a sense of competence as the process becomes second nature to us. Once competent, we begin to feel a sense of confidence in our ability to drive a car. Before we know it, something that we once felt uneasy about has became as easy and natural as breathing.

With the above example, it’s clear to see that the key to gaining confidence is simply having the courage to take action, over and over again until we become competent and start believing in our abilities.

Understanding this, we can recognise that the key to overcoming fear is no different. Overcoming fear requires trust, trust requires confidence, and confidence requires courageous action as well as belief in one’s self. Therefore, the key to facing fear is to start slowly and build momentum through conscious and consistent action.

It is important that, despite our psychological and physiological responses to fear, we strive to take steps toward understanding our fears. The more we seek to understand them, the more we take away their power and gain further trust in our ability to handle any given situation.

 

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We have to be honest with ourselves though, those feelings never entirely go away. For every fear we overcome, we are faced with a new one, but each of these offer us an opportunity to gain a new sense of self, knowledge, strength, awareness and a greater sense of courage, confidence and trust.

Fear is not the enemy, rather fear is our greatest leverage point for growth beyond comprehension.

 

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Strength Through Emotional Awareness

They say that how we do anything is how we do everything - that the way we show up in games and competition is reflective of the way that we show up in life. They say that everything in life serves as an opportunity to grow, and if everything is reflective of everything else, why should competition be any different?

Quantum Physics states that all of consciousness exists in duality, with a balance of positive and negative – light and dark, masculine and feminine – and our emotional states are governed by the same universal law. No emotion, in actuality, is a positive or negative emotional state, but as human beings we create a meaning for events, perceiving a singularity through our human sensory perception (sight, smell, taste, touch and sound).

 



The way we choose to face the emotional pressures of a competition is indicative of the way we choose to face emotional pressures in life. Do we step up to the plate and use our experiences to grow us, or do we shy away and accept defeat?

As a generalisation, most perceive the emotional pressures of a competition as a negative experience. Pressure is seen as a problematic challenge - stress, panic, anxiety and the underlying feeling of not being enough. However, if all emotion exists within a duality, it makes sense that emotional pressure, whilst being a challenge, is also our greatest support. The key to unlocking the gifts of competition pressure lies within a small conscious shift in awareness, beginning with simply asking the right questions should the emotions arise:

“How does this emotion serve me?”


“What can I gain or learn through this feeling?”


“What would I stand to lose/how would it be a disadvantage to me if this emotional charge was not present?”


Take note of what emotional pressure creates and reflects for you.

Our unbalanced emotional perceptions serve as an opportunity for self-reflection - to better understand ourselves and to grow beyond that which we already are. Although the learnings we uncover will vary for the individual (based upon the individual's past experiences and perceptions) each and every emotion we experience has something to teach us.

The emotional strains we face in sports and competitions set us up with an opportunity to refine and expand ourselves. If we can understand and embrace everything that comes our way, we can use it to fuel our sporting feats, and develop our lives, into something beyond that which we could’ve imagined.


To see this universal equilibrium (a balance of positive and negative) in action, we need only look at history's sporting greats.

 

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Michael Jordan, now recognised as one of the greatest basketballers to ever grace the court, was once cut from his high school basketball team tryouts. From that day on, Jordan used that emotional charge and disappointment to ensure he would become the best of the best so he never had to feel that level of disappointment again. He used the emotional pressure he felt internally as fuel and it paid dividends

If we look to the world of Mixed Martial Arts, we can observe the rising of the once undefeated female bantamweight UFC star, Ronda Rousey, who suffered a crushing knock out defeat before taking 12 months off of the sport. The star spoke of her loss, stating that having dominated the weight class allowed complacency to rear its head and her focus began to stray from her training. With her much anticipated return coming up, Ronda has the chance to prove to everyone that the pressures of not being the best can be the greatest source of inspiration to become even better.

 



Competition pressures can lead some to crumble and others to thrive. The result relies purely on the individual’s willingness to push beyond adversity as a means to identify that which is most important to them. Those that thrive are those who truly feel aligned to their sport. Those that crumble are not weak or lesser, but simply not purposefully inspired to the sport in question. Competition pressure reminds us of what is truly most important and most valued to us as individuals and awakens us to our true path in life.

Pressure demands more of us and it is our choice as to whether we step up to the plate or we shy away. It serves to keep us focused, to keep us present and to avoid complacency. It is pressure, if we should so choose, that serves as motivation for us to improve in our chosen field. Without pressure, whether intrinsic or external, our motivation to strive would be minimal to non-existent.

When our perception of any particular emotion exists in a balanced state of equilibrium, any emotional charge will cease. The individual will be able to see both the positive and negative sides of the experience and can view the emotion from a self-reflective, observer’s viewpoint as opposed to deep in the polarised emotion itself.

 

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Pressure, both in life and in competition, can be your greatest ally or your worst enemy (and will be both to the same degree), but it’s entirely up to you as to which side of the coin you choose to view.

 

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