Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Lesson #7: The Importance of Looking Within

Sometimes we human are afraid to look inside ourselves for guidance, for fear that we won't like what we find. Many of us have been programmed to feel ashamed of ourselves, or to be fearful of our inner rage or other emotions. Some of us are afraid that we would find nothing but a worthless, stupid or mediocre person residing within. Maybe our religious upbring encouraged the idea that we are inherently flawed, guilty or "sinful."

Whatever the reason, many of us take great pains to avoid looking beneath the surface. The irony is that when we avoid facing ourselves we tend to behave unconsciously, from the default guidance of our lower selves. This makes us more likely to behave in a poor, foolish or wreckless manner.

We have several built-in mechanisms designed to alert us when we're off track in our lives. A few of the most common ones include: 
  • Disturbing dreams or sleep issues
  • Illnesses
  • Injuries
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Rage
  • Addictions, obssessions and compulsions
  • Weight issues and eating disorders
These are all signs that we're not listening to our inner guidance, and the repression of Self has progressed to the next level. Don't feel alone. We've all been there (repeatedly!) and most of us still struggle with one (or more) long-standing issue that has it's roots in repression and avoidance.

The hidden blessing in the most painful life experiences is that they force us to wake up, sweetheart, and take inventory of of what we've been doing or what we've been avoiding. And it's never too late to turn within.

Even if you're on your deathbed you can experience healing by going inside and making friends with who you really are. Your Higher Self, your Angels, and God still love you no matter what you've done. Even if you've given up on yourself, they will never give up on you.