HEALING THROUGH AWARENESS
“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” ~Lao Tzu
Exploring personal history is not to be taken lightly. An internal journey not well-suited for the light of heart. It’s the courageous journey of heroes and heroines. Past traumas influence our current patterns. They trigger emotions and reinforce automatic unhealthy reactions. But exposing the deep-rooted causes challenges self-confidence and invites vulnerabilities we desperately denied. Personal insights, although frightening and ferocious, clarify future actions needed for achieving our intentions.
We all build walls. We hide from truths for protection. Our fragile sense of self-confidence is often constructed with psychological mirrors and smoke. The face we show the world does not accurately represent the hidden heart concealed underneath. Vulnerability is discomforting. The infant is completely vulnerable—survival comes from the protecting and nourishing hand of others. But even as adults, we’re not independent. We still need others. Our emotional and physical well-being relies on strong healthy relationships. Maybe this vulnerability accentuates the emotions ignited by important relationships. We, however, create personal stories about ourselves to avoid the scary recognition of personal vulnerability. We desperately avoid innate fears of rejection by projecting unflappable self-confidence. We enthusiastically share a personal experience, "Look how great I am!" but underneath we are saying, "Please accept me."
We use many mechanisms for protection from deeply engrained fears. The skills needed to unveil the complex workings of our mind don’t magically develop from reading a few lines in a book, or scheduling a few sessions with a professional, while both can assist, the mind first needs to be observed then understood. Once we can observe and understand underlying emotions, we can distinguish between healthy and destructive motivations.
The self-exploration will unearth false beliefs such as: I can't trust, I can't love, I can't feel, I can't be happy, I can't succeed, or I can't grow. When we discover these unhealthy thoughts, we can address the associated behaviors—the process of healing. Small changes bolster our strength and renew our resolve. Awareness heals.
Success hastens to reward the heroes and heroines engaged in this frightening journey. With their heads held up, they face weakness, accept hurts and courageous confront harmful behaviors—wounds begin to heal. From the frozen ground of the past, springs a new richness to life; joy is returned to the present business of living.
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