“All the world’s a stage,
and all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances,
and one man in his time plays many parts.”
William Shakespeare, As you like it.
I have an idea I would like you to consider.
We take on multiple roles in our lives, sometimes contradictory. Our roles are defined by our early experiences, traumas, losses and joys. Even as adults we can find ourselves stuck in a role, like that of victim, that we may think defines us, our character.
Do you believe your own story? Are you a victim of your own creation?
The Authentic Self
Do you seek to make yourself your own hero/heroine? How can you transform from that small place of fear and victim-hood to your true self, to your expansive authentic self?
The authentic self is not defined by your status, role, function, job or education. It is the essential you that is indivisible, those aspects of you that are unique. It is not about pleasing others and living out what others expect of you, but rather living out your own special potential.
The Victim Role
If the true voice of the victim were voiced, it might sound something like this:
“I have been taught that I am powerless and worthless. No matter how I try to fight it, I am weak. I must have done something wrong to be treated like this. Even though I fight it I must deserve what I am getting.”
If you pinned negative labels on yourself with the conscious and unconscious beliefs about who you are, would those labels be any of these?
These beliefs are life a life sentence. This name-calling does so much damage. If we repeat the story of who we are often enough, we even come to believe it.
The reality is that a limiting belief is the truth until you see through it. Think about this: Your thoughts determine your reality. World renowned motivational author, Louise Hay is one who spelled out this deep truth in 1984 in her work “You can Heal your Life.” Her premise is that our mind is very powerful and if we change our thoughts, we change our reality.
These are ancient truths. Don Miguel Ángel Ruiz, better known as Don Miguel Ruiz, is a Mexican author of Toltec spiritualist and Shamanistic texts. Previously secret and hidden knowledge passed on from Shaman to Shaman is now available through him for all to understand. He speaks simply and eloquently about how we generate, create and reinforce our reality based on the beliefs that we have about ourselves. Truly, this is transformative: if we think differently, we create a different reality for ourselves!
Holding on to negative beliefs is like wearing black-tinted glasses. They distort everything and create a dark and limiting set of possibilities.
So many ancient traditions tune into this deep and profound truth: you are free to define your reality if you so choose.
It’s time to question your assumptions. Question: where did my negative ideas about myself come from? Are they from reliable sources of information, or have they been projected on me from a non-reliable source (“friend” or foe)? These negative beliefs need to be examined in the light of day.
What Blocks You from becoming your Real and Empowered Self?
Here re a few ideas:
• Past conditioning. Some examples are: I need to hide or others will think I am a show off; Conflict is dangerous, I need to avoid confrontation at all cost; If I try to get what I want, I am selfish; Other people’s needs come first; I must not be assertive or others will see me as “bossy.”
• Lack of Awareness and Early Conditioning
Early experiences can create an underlying set of rules that you follow without being aware of why you do what you do. Early teachings, especially before a child can speak, conceptualize and understand, create the inner world of beliefs that directs from below – like a deep current moves the water even though you can’s see it. If you were hit and demeaned as a child you may have internalized the belief that you deserve that kind of treatment.
Sometimes we are “taught lessons” even as an adult: mistreatment by a boyfriend or husband, wife etc. that we originally trusted can scar and damage the belief of yourself as worthy.
• Refusal to listen to your intuition
If we put more trust in how others define us than how we define ourselves we deny the truth that is deep inside. This places us at the mercy of the “other.” What if the “other” takes out their problems on us and project negative beliefs onto us? Shall we comply with their projections?
• Heart Block
If you shut down your ability to love in order to protect yourself, or remain in anger and bitterness, it is as though your true and authentic self is locked in a very tiny, dark space.
Rewriting the Story
So you wonder, how can I free myself from these dark and limiting beliefs? How is it possible to make yourself your own hero/heroine? How can you transform from that small place of fear and victim-hood to your true self, to your authentic self?
Here are some ideas for you:
• Listen to your negative thoughts. As you listen to your negative thoughts, honor the pain that created such hurtful beliefs. Send love, understanding and compassion to that hurt part of yourself. Forgive. You may find yourself crying for that hurt child (or adult) who received such mean and harsh judgment. That is good.
• Change is always possible. Awareness precedes the ability to change. As you recognize the pain, the damaging thoughts, memories and experiences, you can move to release the pain and bring in healing. This activates the potential for change. You may now create in your mind first the reality you wish to create (as long as it is for your highest good) then manifest it in the real world. If thoughts proceed reality, use your mind wisely to draw the reality to you that is grounded, balanced and a world in which you are honored.
• Treat yourself well. Honor time spent in your own company. Take care of your self, all of you. Pray: allowing the connection with your higher self, with God, or spirit – as you define it.
• Meditate: allow yourself to see the march of thoughts and feelings, and witness those thoughts and feelings as though from above. See and feel them, then release them. As you do this in succession you will find a quieter, deep place of wisdom. You will “see” and “hear” the answers you are seeking.
• From this place of wisdom you can create new “mantras”: words or phrases that promote self-love and empowerment. Mantras like: “I am enough,” “I choose myself,” I am strong,” “I am worthy,” “I accept myself as I am.”
• Allow yourself to “see through” the negative projections placed on you, eject them and replace them with your new, beautiful and empowering understandings.
Blessings to you on your journey,