“Don’t ask what he world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman
Do you feel stuck in your life? Do you feel there is something more for you in your life but you don’t know what that is? Or you know what it is but you don’t know how you are going to get there? The “feeling stuck “feeling is an important feeling to pay attention to. It is a signal that something needs to change in your life—but the change first needs to begin on the inner level. You see we are all meant to live magnificent lives filled with joy and purpose—we are actually hard wired for this. The stuck feeling is giving you a signal that you are out of alignment with your true self—your Authentic self.
Your Authentic self is the truest you—the you that you intended to be when you came here. Your Authentic self is already filled with Joy and knows it’s purpose on the planet—this is already within you—it is not contained outside of you—where many people get sidetracked looking.
So many of the clients I work with feel a sense incredible untapped potential within them that is just not being expressed. They feel the frustration of this knowingness– coupled with confusion they feel about how to tap into this energy and express it more meaningfully in their lives. The most powerful thing that I share with them that begins to transform their lives immediately is beginning to distinguish the voice of their conditioned self (all the fears, false beliefs and patterns they have been taught) from the voice of their Authentic Self.
Many listen to the voice of their Conditioned Self and allow this voice to dictate their decisions in life. Listening to this voice will lead to confusion, lack of confidence, unwillingness to take risks, despair, anxiety and even anger. This voice will keep you stuck in old patterns and situations that aren’t good for you for YEARS. The Joy that is inside of you will not be able to be felt or expressed with this Voice running the show.
To start to get you to distinguish this voice from your Authentic Voice—here are some examples:
1. Conditioned Self Voice-“You better stay right where you are right now, it’s safe, secure and the money is good—don’t rock the boat. The economy is bad and you should be lucky you even have a job.”
Authentic Self Voice-“I’m so excited to find my life purpose! I know there is something special I am meant to do—I can just feel it and I can’t wait to figure it out. I am going to sign up for the Life Purpose Mentoring Program so I can start moving forward as soon as possible. I am so excited—what an adventure this will be!”
2. Conditioned Self Voice-“I probably don’t have a Life Purpose—life is just meant to be how it is now—not awful—but not really great either. I think I want too much in my life.”
Authentic Self Voice- “I know life can be better—I can feel it inside of me. I have made positive changes in my life and I can do it again. I am willing to take the risks to be all that I came here to be and I know I will be supported as I step out in faith”
3. Conditioned Self Voice-“I could never make money at my Life Purpose –that is just a pie in the sky dream there are only a few lucky people who get to do this. I better just stay realistic and resign myself to what I am doing now—it’s not so bad
Authentic Self Voice-“I know I can make money at my Life Purpose. I might need to learn some new things and grow in different ways—but I am willing to do it because I LOVE what I am doing. And remember the phrase “Do What You Love and the Money will Follow” I will remember this as I move forward. I am so excited—it is going to be even better than I imagine!
4. Conditioned Self Voice-“I don’t think we are supposed to be happy. I see everyone around me and they are just as unhappy as me—that is just life.
Authentic Self Voice-“Happiness is meant for me and everyone else and I am going to open up fully to my happiness and live fully now. No more waiting on the sidelines—I am going to make choices that support what brings me happiness–NOW. I will be a role model for others to move into their happiness too—won’t that be fun!
5. Conditioned Self Voice– “I can’t do that because……….I”m too old, too young, don’t have the money, don’t have the time, I will fail, I will succeed, I don’t deserve it, it’s too late, I don’t know what will happen, I will regret it, I’m scared, I will do it later…….
Authentic Self Voice-“I CAN do it because………I have what it takes, I deserve to be happy, I say so, it is my time to really live, now is the time, I’m not going to hold back anymore, It will be a success no matter what happens, I will be supported by the Universe every step of the way.
See how different you feel reading each of these statements? Feel the heaviness and constriction of the Conditioned Self and on the other hand the lightness, joy and expansiveness of the Authentic Self.
Use these examples to track the voices inside of you—practice labeling the voice of the Conditioned Self and begin to NOT listen to it. Instead– Listen to that soft, subtle, joyful, hopeful, light voice of the Authentic Self inside of you—it will lead you on a path of more Joy, Love, Peace, Lightness and sweet Adventure—the kind of life you were meant to live!
Shelley Riutta MSE, LPC is a pioneer in the Holistic Psychotherapy field. She specializes in Transformational individual counseling, Presentations and Workshops. For her free Workbook “What Do You REALLY Want: Finding Purpose and Passion” and free monthly tele-classes visit her web-site at http://www.RadiantLifeCounseling.com/