This is the second of a 3-part post, part of the ‘inspirational stories for women’ series.
The soul knows. The soul recognizes its inner purity and does its best to defend itself against negative labels. Unfortunately, as children we are not fully equipped to protect ourselves, and the labels become part of our self-definition. Sometimes, we have to step in as adults and make the correction. This is our challenge.
Yesenia’s instant turnaround affirmed the potency of what I was learning in my classes on universal laws, and I eagerly applied affirmations – positive words and emotions – to many situations in my life and saw tremendous benefits as a result of my efforts. Yet I realize now that my work only scratched the surface of the lessons contained in this experience.
I had the understanding to approach the lesson from the outside in. I applied external factors –words, labels, beliefs – to effect change in the external world, i.e., I applied affirmations to manifest tangible results. This was exciting and empowering, but it is not the full picture.
It takes even greater strength to approach the lesson from the inside out – working directly with the energy within to release and heal the past. This approach focuses not so much upon external change as upon peace within; the focus is upon healing the self, any external changes come about as a consequence of the changes within.
My experience of being ‘mislabeled’ was something like Yesenia’s, except hardened over many years. The only way to fight quicksand is to stop thrashing. Listen, look. See how the old beliefs press against you. Be still, stop fighting the labels and just observe them. This is the beginning of the process of healing from within.
Is there a little child inside that needs healing? Be so very gentle with her. Gently peel off the labels and the layers covering the soul. We are good. We are smart. We are wonderful. Let those words seep deep inside, let them begin to loosen the hardened ground around the old beliefs, let the old beliefs begin to be washed away by the new.
Is there a child inside that needs healing? Thank her for bringing you to this moment, this precious now where the past can meet the present face to face, and healing can begin.
This is the second of a 3-part blog post: Part 3 is scheduled for March 4.
Reba Linker is author and coach specializing in inspirational books for women. Her book, Follow the Yarn, leads by example, encouraging others to ‘follow their own yarn,’ tell their own stories, and discover their own true voice.