In the beautiful moments before our birth, we know we are fully connected to Spirit. This knowing tells us what is really true: we are already perfect, magnificent, powerful, worthy—we are enough and whole. This knowing isn’t an intellectual understanding, but instead, a set of truths—born from love—that viscerally live in our soul.
In fact, from the moment of birth, navigating this brave new world will be the key priority for the mind and body of the child. The world is a very literal place during this time because she is without the benefit of language, rational thought or context, due to some inherent design flaws of the brain. As a result, the mind is incredibly open and suggestible—as if in a hypnotic state—and every thought, word, experience and decision, both hers and those she witnesses, are registered through her unfettered senses and a heightened sense of fear.
And, in the name of survival, the primal mechanisms of the brain will capture all those emotion-laden memories in a collage of images and pictures. Each picture tells her what to avoid in the future—in the name of safety.
For the growing girl’s collection of pictures, a diligent keeper is assigned—the Ego. The Ego is straightforward in its mission: keep the pictorial expressions of a misinterpreted and scary past as a way to keep her protected by fear. All the while, the truth of her perfection and the knowing that still lives in her soul attempt to beckon her back to love. But the battle will be hard fought because, by the time this little girl reaches the tender age of 6, the Ego will start to apply language as a way to assign meaning to those pictures—resulting in a set of false beliefs about herself, those around her, how the world works and yes, even the notion of Spirit.
And the child, once unbridled with love and possibility, is now imprisoned by the Ego and those unconscious fear-based beliefs meant to keep her small and safe: I’m not smart enough, I can’t trust authority, I’m alone, I need to be perfect, I’m flawed, I’m not safe, I’m bad, I’m not capable, I’m not worthy, lovable, enough…and so on.
But most insidious, the Ego will use these false beliefs to make erroneous associations and perceptions to present-day circumstances; these associations will tell her what feelings to experience and how to respond based on old memories captured without the benefit of rational thought, context and Spirit. As a result, living “in the now” will become increasingly difficult because the brain’s natural mechanisms force her to look at life through the lens of her false beliefs and the misrepresentations of the past—until the veil of fear is so thick she’s forgotten how to hear the whispers of her own soul.
By adulthood, this young woman has the potential to fall into an all-too-common trap. Unconsciously, she wants to feel the comforting sense of peace that comes when she is connected to her full potential and Spirit, so she starts the cycle of looking to external circumstances to replace those distant, yet familiar feelings. However, regardless of her valiant attempts, those false beliefs keep her stuck in old patterns and recurring themes of disappointment spurred by self-preservation, while the soul’s real answers to happiness go unheeded.
We all have the potential to be this child all grown up, regardless of how “seemingly normal” your childhood might appear. In fact—with 100 percent certainty—most people, however successful, struggle to live aligned with their full potential because of the false beliefs that keep them tethered to the fear-laden deceptions of the Ego.
And yet, we all have the potential to untether ourselves from the perceptions of the past by changing our pictures and releasing those old false beliefs that no longer serve us. With each picture released, we start to heal and connect to more of our full potential and the soul’s true desires.
But until then, the soul patiently whispers and waits for us to awaken to the wonder and splendor of who we really are: perfect, whole, enough. In fact, everyone receives the call to wake up and remember, but not everyone has the courage to answer.
© 2012 Awakening Works, LLC.