We want to develop more and more inner strength. Yes, we look forward to more clarity, self-respect and self-support along with greater compassion for others.
Some may feel reluctant to delve into thought patterns that feel very uncomfortable—even upsetting. Oh My! For those of us raised in these times those thoughts can sound like a truth about ourselves
But no! Becoming aware of these feelings of shame and self-judgment, so common in our culture, comprise an important aspect of the path to more growth.
Proceeding with guidance from others more experienced, we change the deep habit of a lesser view of self to one with much more kindness and health.
Maisie woke up in the night, feeling upset. She thought “Oh I have had a bad dream.” Soon, our star realized she could not return to sleep because she had morphed into reviewing a topic about her life about which she felt awful.
To start, what did she do to comfort herself?
As a first step she got up to go check her email and bring her attention to present time.
This worked for immediate soothing and in about an hour she was able to return to bed and fell asleep.
What of this disturbance? Next morning as she pondered her circumstance, she recognized how the depth of this discomfort was shame and self-judgment.
We can benefit from noticing this pattern within us.
View from Soul Without Shame
Byron Brown, in his work Soul Without Shame explains how we can use this constructively.
“If you choose to pursue inner work, the search for understanding who you are, what your life means and what reality is—you are by necessity setting yourself directly in conflict with your (editor: inner) judge. To explore what you believe, what you experience, why you act and feel the way you do is to question the authority of the judge.”
In other words, by looking into the discomfort we begin to shake up the basis on which the self-judgment operates.
We “use it in the work” or find “Grist for the mill” as we keep going and growing.
Here are some reframing points for Maisie.
- She will feel strong emotion as part of life and she is safe will it flows through. Even with that incident described, the charge, the fear involved, was dissipated as she let herself feel it.
- Wow all she has to do is allow it and keep going.
- This heroine realizes that her inner environment of shame and fear in those distressing moments is NOT at all speaking “the truth” about her.
- Instead, she has experienced False Evidence Appearing Real.
- She can flow with compassion for herself as she lets herself be human. Everyone has felt this discomfort. Maisie is whole now on this journey of waking up..
This process constitutes a means of becoming clearer. We notice our thoughts, bit by bit, as we can. Accept ourselves the way we are today: a dear human becoming more vital and alive.
Do you have a story from your growth of a liberating moment? Please share!
About the Author
Janet Pearlman is a spiritual teacher, counselor, healer and artist. In these posts composed of true stories, she inspires others to know themselves and compassionately to develop skills of empowerment. In her forty-five year journey of self-discovery, she has deeply studied the teachings of Abraham-Hicks, Ernest Holmes and more. Janet offers individual sessions by phone and in person. Please contact her at email@example.com to arrange an appointment.