Kieves lives by these practices and uses their power
to be a change agent for others. “One of my dreams is to
help create a new mainstream culture,” she says. “I really
want to help create a new dialogue, a new conversation. I
believe that we’re not here to make it in the world—we’re
here to remake the world with our love, with our vision,
and with our possibilities. We’re the mavericks, we’re the
light, we’re the messengers.”
The word courage, she points out, comes from coeur
(French for “heart”). “So having courage is about
following your heart, even in a culture that idolizes
the brain,” she notes. “The heart has a higher intelligence.”
While I have yet to discover how my housing situation
will resolve, what is resolved, thanks to Kieves’ teachings,
is my certainty that staying centered and trusting my
inner wisdom will reveal the answers. Acting with love
and staying out of fear through every twist and turn of
this journey keeps me open and available to abundantly
receive beyond the appearances in any given moment. It’s
truly exciting to know I have a choice about how to live
with uncertainties—and even more exciting to be able to
thrive in the process.
12 FAVORITE TENETS
You can deny your heart—or you can deny your limits.
Trust yourself and you will know what to do.
You can’t plan an inspired life.
Follow your rebel brilliance.
Everything is either fear or love.
And only the love is real.
You are only one thought away from a miracle.
You are more powerful than you know.
You are more than what is in front of you.
You are what is inside of you.
Your desires aren’t frivolous—they’re imperative.
Your desire is your destiny.
You get to decide how to tell your story—
which often creates your story.
There’s only one note you came to sing.
You owe it to yourself to make braver choices.
Tama Kieves was a Harvard-trained attorney at a
prestigious corporate law firm when she quit to
become a writer, speaker, and career/success coach.
Of her four books, the newest is Thriving Through
Uncertainty: Moving Beyond Fear of the Unknown
and Making Change Work for You, published by
TarcherPerigee in January. Kieves speaks and leads
retreats internationally and is on the faculty of the
Omega Institute, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and
Health, and the Esalen Institute. She’s also taught
A Course in Miracles for more than 28 years. Visit