No truer words were ever spoken!
All one needs to do is to watch any elected politician (even if you do not agree with them), passionate preacher, evangelist, terrorist, judge, etc. to know passion does not lie. What we believe to be true is the bedrock of our very foundation – and, even if such belief is based on total malarkey or fiction, if we believe it, it is so. Passion and perception (in the absence of facts to the contrary) become reality.
What does this mean in the grand scheme of our lives?
It all comes down to another quote:
My biggest learning in life to this point (I am at middle age) is that it is only your own opinion that matters in life. (This is absolutely a polar opposite to how I was raised (and in my long-term now defunct marriage) where my opinion (and intuition) were secondary to others who “knew better” and would love me if I agreed with them.)
This is my three-part (big) piece of advice to anyone who will listen:
Trust YOUR instincts and your intuition first – no matter what others in your past (yesterday and before) told you to do!
Love yourself for who you are (even if it means that others withhold their “love” from you.)
If you realize that your intuition is dormant (it may have been squashed or never allowed to grow) – start today to listen to your higher being.
When others (whether they love you or not, and whether they are well-intentioned or not) cast judgment on your life..
or your behavior or your plans or your thoughts (heaven forbid!) – it is up to you and you alone to close the screen door and not allow such negative energy to enter your being. Negative energy will always be a part of life, but it doesn’t need to be a part of you!
Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know… because you never had the chance (until now!)
Sometimes when you’ve grown up under the influence of others who insisted they knew more/better that we about what was best for us, you never realize that there is any other way.
If you were born into judgment, you learned to give away power and control early – maybe even before the age of reason. Why? Because it was easier to agree than fight. (In the typical “fight or flight” situation, if we are too young to fly, have nowhere to fly, and no way to win the fight without being rejected, we learn to override our intuition.) Then by the time we are four or five, we are already conditioned to believe that one choice (submit and agree) results in love, while others do not. We gain approval, acceptance and hopefully, love, when we agree with the dominating (and usually well-intentioned) mother, father, grandparent, or another.
I am probably a very slow learner, but up until six years ago (my divorce) I never realized this. I spent my life seeking a personal path that would please (or at least not raise the ire) of my husband, my parents, and often, emotionally abusive friends. Because I am an independent thinker, an individualist, and a survivor, I faced a constant internal battle between my caged intuition (which did not agree with the martyr behavior of taking care of everyone else’s needs first) and keeping the peace (and being “loved”.)
How does Submission and People-Pleasing become a(n unhappy) Way of Life?
For me, submission began with a strict religious upbringing where one choice was possible – ever. My parents would love me if I followed their dogma, their interpretation of organized religion, their path in life. Opposition was considered an affront and rejected outright. In my marriage, when there was disagreement, my spouse’s way of dealing with things was similar “your perception is wrong, that is not the way things are … and I can bring in witnesses who will prove me right.” End of discussion.)
For years, I sought approval (which equated to love and affection) by agreeing and acquiescing to “mandatory” church attendance, strict partisan beliefs, my spouse’s views and choices, and generally squashing down my intuition. I was woefully unhappy, but felt that I was “loved.” I believed this all to be true, and therefore it was.
And I believed it was so, for so many years…
Looking back, I don’t know why it is remains difficult to forgive myself for being asleep — for the years where I overrode my intuition and higher power in exchange for feeling loved. In the process of giving first to others and seeking to be loved, I neglected loving myself. I believed then that I would never know love unless I put others first (even at my own expense.) Thankfully, I could be myself in my business – and ultimately this freedom to be me led me to find a new path (and new beliefs).
I believe the best choices for me come from my higher power and my intuition, not from others who purport to love me if I agree with them. I also believe that inner peace, free from conflict, is the path to happiness (and I am happy!)
What do you believe (that might hold you back?) Are your beliefs truly yours or are they beliefs you agreed to long ago as dictated by others?
Wake up to a New Life and New Beliefs!
My awakening, to the realization that I gave up my power and control to others, was life-changing. While my road to authenticity and living with integrity is like climbing a mountain, (my daughter once told me after my divorce that to “reach the other side, you have to go through a lot of fire”) – I am grateful to finally have my intuition firing on all cylinders and directing my life.
As I continue to wake up even more to being under my own control (instead of the Stepford-like control of others) – life gets better. I believe in the power of the Royal We (me, myself and I), and… life is good!
What do you think?
(While I may not choose to allow your opinion to influence my life, I still like to hear how my readers think!)
- My path towards Intuition…by Ally (reneevosdewael.com)
- Developing Intuition (anthonysramblings.wordpress.com)