reconnecting with our authentic selves

reconnecting with our authentic selves
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“It’s not hard to create self-beliefs that produce a successful and happy life. The main job is to unlearn your limiting beliefs.”
– Maddy Malhotra

As newborns, we are the epitome of unblemished purity, untouched by the world's anxieties and preconceived notions. We are the embodiment of love, joy, and limitless potential, still deeply connected to the creative force that brought us into existence. Yet, as we embark on our journey through life, this pristine state gradually becomes obscured by the fears and limitations we adopt from our surroundings.

In our formative years, our primary desire is to be loved and cherished by our parents and caregivers. This innate craving for affection drives us to mimic their behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes, even if they are rooted in fear or negativity. We unconsciously absorb their anxieties, apprehensions, and limiting beliefs in a desperate attempt to forge a stronger bond with them.

This process of adopting external fears can manifest in various ways. We might inherit our parents' fear of failure, their anxieties about money, or their apprehensions about relationships. We might also internalize their prejudices, biases, and societal conditioning, all in the pursuit of their love and approval.

As a result of this continuous absorption of external fears, we gradually drift further away from our true selves. Our authentic nature becomes buried beneath layers of conditioned responses, societal expectations, and self-limiting beliefs. We become a product of our environment, a reflection of the fears and limitations we have inherited from the world around us.

However, it is important to recognize that this is not our true identity. Beneath the accumulated layers of fear and conditioning lies our authentic self, waiting to be rediscovered. To unveil this hidden essence, we must embark on a journey of self-exploration and healing.

The first step in this transformative process is to identify the source of our fears. This involves delving deep into our subconscious mind, examining our childhood experiences, and exploring the patterns of behavior we have inherited from our parents and caregivers. It requires a willingness to confront uncomfortable truths and challenge deeply ingrained beliefs.

Once we have identified the root of our fears, we can begin the process of healing and transformation. This involves acknowledging and accepting our fears, understanding their origins, and working through them with compassion and self-love. It might involve seeking professional guidance, engaging in therapeutic practices, or simply taking the time for quiet introspection and self-reflection.

The journey of shedding our accumulated fears is not an easy one. It requires courage, perseverance, and unwavering self-belief. However, the rewards are immeasurable. As we release the fears that have held us captive, we reclaim our authentic power, our limitless potential, and our innate capacity for love and joy.

So, while we may have strayed from our original state of perfection, it is never too late to reconnect with our true selves. By acknowledging the impact of external fears, exploring their origins, and working through them with love and compassion, we can break free from the limitations of the past and embrace the limitless possibilities that lie ahead. We can rediscover our authentic nature, reclaim our inherent power, and create a life that is aligned with our true purpose and passion.

“Don’t limit yourself and don’t let others convince you that you are limited in what you can do. Believe in yourself and then live so as to reach your possibilities. You can achieve what you believe you can. Trust and believe and have faith.”
– Thomas S. Monson