Parent to Child: You’re eight years old, you do what I tell you to do.
Parent: What would you like to eat?
Child: I’m not hungry.
Parent: Well, you’re going to be in an hour.
Parent to Child: Stop touching everything. You’re touching everything and then touching your face. That’s how you get sick. Stop touching things.
Parent to Child, after child drops glass: I am upset with you. I am upset with you!
These are snippets of actual conversations that I overheard.
If I ever wondered how I got trained away from my inner guidance, my natural impulses, it could be because well-meaning adults in my life offered me feedback similar to the above.
In fact, I probably said similar things to my children when they were younger. I didn’t come out of the fog until they were a few years old... the fog meaning the thick layers of beliefs that said, “I’m the adult, therefore I know better. I’m in control.”
Ha ha ha ha. I can barely write that without laughing. “I’m in control” ?!? That’s a good one. Yet, it’s easy to see how one comes to believe such a notion. Using the above examples, innocent conclusions could be drawn by the child in each case:
Beliefs like these feel constrictive and conjure notions of limitation and lack. I can viscerally feel the constriction in my body when such a limiting belief is operating in full tilt. For example, I recently noticed that I was experiencing a sensation of gripping, of holding on; it happened to occur during a period in which I was preparing for an important event.
When I asked myself what was going on (which I do in quiet contemplation or meditation), a belief surfaced: “I have to get it ‘right’ so that others will like me.” That’s a lot of pressure! No wonder my body was experiencing tension.
Because I would rather feel ease and flow, and expand my scope of experience in the world, I am electing to trade-in this old belief for a new one. I am growing and expanding, and want need my beliefs to keep up with me!
Today, I am trading in that outgrown belief for an updated one that feels more supportive and affirming: “I am divinely innocent and open to experience.” Ah, that feels better already!
I AM DIVINELY INNOCENT AND OPEN TO EXPERIENCE.
What is one limiting belief that you have outgrown?
If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.
— Henry Ford
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