Have you ever clung to ideas or judgments about another person’s actions and behaviors to let yourself off the hook or make you right? “He expects too much.” “She tries too hard.” “They focus on the negative.” The general gist, “I’m better than … because I’m …” Fill in the blanks. Guilty.
Have you ever turned such judgments inward allowing your mind and body to hold onto similar negative self-talk? “I’m not smart enough, good enough, strong enough, don’t have enough money,” blah blah blah. Nutshell, “I’m less than … because I’m …” Guilty.
Last question, have you ever let someone’s perceptions of you, even when they conflict with what you believe about yourself, take root in your body and mind? Sometimes people have feedback for us that has our best interest at heart. Sometimes people’s feedback has nothing to do with us.
How are we meant to navigate all of these conflicting messages? The only truth is that which is from Source. The rest are illusions we have created to cope with other illusions we have created.
The Course says:
“Try to remember when there was a time, perhaps a minute, maybe even less when nothing came to interrupt your peace; when you were certain you were loved and safe. Then try to picture what it would be like to have that moment be extended to the end of time and to eternity. Then let the sense of quiet that you felt be multiplied a hundred times, and then be multiplied another hundred more. And now you have a hint of the state your mind will rest in when truth has come.” (Lesson 107)
I choose to live there. That is my birthright. That is what I was created to experience.
There have been times in the past that I have not had healthy boundaries around who and what messages I let in and let grow within my sacred soul. I found a beautiful cord cutting meditation to address these. When we practice imagining a cord between our belly buttons and those of someone else who is not illuminating our highest truth, we can also visualize that cord being cut. Sometimes love and light have also come from these connections, so practicing gratitude and leaving channels open for that energy is an option. It is surprisingly powerful to envision a cord filled with illusions dropping to the earth and shattering into a million pieces from which butterflies emerge.
For today I get to experience the delicious freedom of Truth.