How to Break Free from Self-Doubt: Unmasking Your True Self Through Conscious Awareness
Embracing the Unseen: The Shadows of Belief and Patterns of Thinking that Hold You Back
We all lead lives that, for the most part, are influenced by hidden beliefs and thoughts deeply rooted within us. These are our shadows – the patterns of thinking, the entrenched beliefs that keep us tethered to versions of ourselves that often misrepresent our true essence. We act, react, and interact with the world through these shadows, painting a distorted picture of ourselves that others then perceive and interpret through their own filters. This convolution creates a story that makes it increasingly hard to perceive the truth, let alone understand the essence of an individual.
The Subtle Game of Shadows: Identifying the Dance
Our endeavors don’t always pan out as we’d like them to. When success does make an appearance, it often gets entangled in a cycle that plunges us back into familiar experiences of inadequacy or dissatisfaction. The shadow is an insidious entity, always ready to remind us of our perceived shortcomings. When we start succeeding, the shadowy voice inside whispers, “Remember, you’re the one who doesn’t do so well at this, the one people don’t want to hear from. Just why do you think you’re entitled to say the things you’re saying?” This voice – the echo of a deeply ingrained shadow – holds us back.
Visibility: A Common Shadow
Visibility, or rather the lack of it, is a common manifestation of our shadow selves. My personal journey revealed a pattern of desiring invisibility. Not intentionally, as through a series of steps forwards and backwards I tried to bring myself out of that. I was in the fortunate position of training others, coaching leaders, but still – at the end of it all – I’d always slide back, almost always due to the persistent whispering of the shadowy voice questioning my worth. The success I found in various fields always eventually cycled around, returning to a lesser version of what it had initially promised.
Chasing Progress: Understanding the Cyclical Nature
Despite setbacks, it is human to convince ourselves that we’re still making progress. And progress is progress, however small, right? This very thought makes the cyclical dance with our shadows bearable. Yet, with each setback, the graph of our success sees a small dip. We may work tirelessly to change these deeply ingrained beliefs, shift our perspectives, or rewire our brains, but this does not guarantee a cessation of the inevitable setbacks.
The Inner Sanctuary: A Place Beyond Beliefs
So, where does the answer lie? Can we ever escape the shadow’s grasp? The truth is, changing these beliefs is a task that might take more than a lifetime. These ideas are ingrained so deeply that we cannot merely erase them. But here’s the secret: we don’t need to. All we need to do is find that deeper place within us. That place that knows our truth, that holds no voice questioning our validity or value. The sanctuary within us where there’s no need to measure up to anything or anyone. This place of truth allows us to be us, to express our truth without fear or reservation. This resonation will invariably find an audience, the people with whom our truth resonates.
The Alchemy of Self-Expression: Unfolding Life Anew
When we operate from this inner sanctuary, life unfolds differently. There is a flow, a series of synchronicities that start falling into place. Things begin to happen, almost magically. I invite you to be aware of these shadows that play within you, not with judgment or an intention to change them, but with an acceptance that lets them be. As they are, as they will be. And perhaps, when we cease interfering, these shadows might just roll out more quickly. The heavy cloud might lighten, becoming less burdensome in our psyche.
An Invitation to Embark on a Journey of Lifting Beyond
This is an invitation to embark on your own shadow journey. To explore the unexplored, to question the unquestioned, to face the unseen. If any of this resonates with you, please feel free to connect with me. Let’s delve deeper into what this means for you. These explorations are invaluable, as they allow us to take those steps towards embracing our true selves. In this journey, what’s most important is that we become a true expression of our inner being, unmasked, unadulterated, and unfettered by shadows.
A Gentle Path to Lasting Transformation
Phase One: Being Present
Exploring the shadows that hold you back begins with being present enough within yourself, to become aware of them. To notice them. Not to change them or try and ‘fix’ anything, but to bring them into conscious awareness.
Learning to be more present in yourself is the first step.
Phase Two: Overcoming Shadows
As you become aware of these beliefs and patterns of thinking, of feeling, of reacting to the world, their pull on you begins to lessen. In this way you will no longer be drawn into them, and will become less entangled into them.
Learn to rise above the repeating cycles of thinking and belief that hide your true self from you.
Phase Three: Being Your Natural Self
As you lift beyond these shadows, your true inner being is revealed. To you and to the world around you! You begin to live as a true expression of your authentic self.
Learn to abide in your natural self and you will shine as a true expression of your inner essence.
Phase Four: Being In Flow
And this is where the magic happens! That incredible intelligence is not only within you, but woven through all of life. When you allow this to flow perfectly through you, a deep synchronicity comes into play.
Learn to ride the waves of Life that flow through you and begin to dance in the magic of Life.