Something came into my awareness this morning and I felt called to share. I noticed that my inner critic, you know the voice we all have inside of our heads that judges, condemns, and tries to talk us out of our greatness, shows up right before I step into a bigger space. Most often, I am not clear on what this bigger version of me entails. I don't know what I need to give up or go through in order to get there and that can create an uprising of subconscious fear and the inner dialogue meant to keep me
"safe" begins to seep into my consciousness. I've noticed this happening in the people I work with and my close friends and family too. You see, it's Universal. We all have a part of us that is afraid of change and growth, a part of us that is afraid of being left behind. The brain can't distinguish between ego death and actual body death, so it responds in much the same way. With resistance, with a fight, with pain and sometimes suffering.
There is another way though...With awareness, we can begin to recognize the voice of the inner critic as a signal that there is a part of us that doesn't feel "safe" and there's a chance we may be subconsciously letting that voice keep us small. With this recognition we can begin to tap into the emotion that lies beneath the words spinning in our heads and ask ourselves where am I trying to stay safe, what am I afraid is going to happen, what am I afraid of losing. By opening up to the voice of the inner critic and questioning what it's motives are, we can begin to see where we are holding ourselves back from the life we were destined to have. Once we can see where we are limiting our own growth we can then begin to cultivate Trust around the unknown and consciously challenge and even shift those beliefs. We can comfort that part of us that is afraid and we can consciously choose to move forward into the discomfort of what we do not know. We can trust that, with awareness and a deep devotion to our inner Self and the highest good we will always be headed in the right direction.
When we are willing to let parts of us die, we send a clear message that we are ready to be reborn. What are you ready to let go of in order to birth the new you?
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