Getting clarity in 2015 despite the ego not wanting to appear to be ‘the fool’
The mind holds beliefs and the ego/personality wants consistency and doesn’t want to appear ‘The Fool’ even to itself; therefore , a result of this can relate to how we tend to follow our own habitual ways of thinking without changing them.
We can then start appearing a bit delusional to others because the ego unchallenged and unaccustomed to letting go enough to examine a belief (stories) can be really thick.
Again, ego/personality wants consistency and status quo and prefers not to change because to change may mean we’ve been wrong which horrifies that part of us.
However, if we have the courage to question those core beliefs it can be a huge relief.
Yet, we can (at first) become shocked, angry, and unsettled especially when we realize these ideas that we’ve been anchoring into were only stories that we told our self. Again, to let go of those stories represents inconsistency and this frightens the ego/personality part of the psyche.
What happens when we do question and release some of those beliefs that need to be discharged is that we experience a huge relief and real liberation. It’s like when you’ve been holding something in your hand or in your arms for or a very long time and when you get to put it down—ahhh, what relief. Right?
In doing psychic work sometimes I see folks who hold one particular belief about the spirit world that affects every aspect of what they do; but it causes confusion because that belief doesn’t square with all other experiences. They may call me hoping I will validate a belief that they are trying to be consistent with but doesn’t resonate fully anymore. I see how they struggle with it not wanting to change the habitual thought and how they go back to clinging to it and then letting it go again—it takes courage to open your mind sometimes. It can be frightening, shocking and very unsettling when one’s reality shifts suddenly.
There’s no need to berate one’s self after seeing the light–it is best to see it as a necessary part of the path and the process of growth and evolution.
Another example. I knew a person who as an adult well into her 40’s blurted out one day that her aged mother was responsible for her lifelong and current overeating problem because her mother overfed her as a baby. She was serious about this lifelong belief and when I did a double-take and repeated back to her what she had just said because I could hardly believe my ears she became momentarily enraged and shouted back, “Well, who else’s fault would it be?” This is a true story and really drives home the point that I’m writing about. This individual had, obviously, never questioned her own assumption and carried it for decades. It could speak to an overall tendency to blame others, not take responsibility in other areas of life too. I don’t know if she has let it go fully or if she is still holding it but hopefully you get the point I’m trying to make through this example–we hold to the strangest beliefs sometimes without realizing it.
It’s the New Year 2015 and we’re one week in now so I thought it to be a good exercise for myself to sit down and write down on a steno pad my deepest-held core beliefs and examine them. This of course requires bare-bones honesty and deep contemplation.
I used the 12 houses of astrology to list 12 areas of life and then to examine those, asking myself if any could be erroneous or ridiculous beliefs I’m still holding or that I’ve outgrown.
Going through this exercise is radical because it really makes you come face-to-face with what ‘you’ believe and it may be an eye-opening experience helping you to see the points-of-view which you’ve held that you may not even have been aware you were holding. Releasing those, I believe, is a way to help you on your way to enlightenment.
You may, through this exercise, see that you no longer agree with your old self and recognize inner conflicts which have been holding you back or keeping you from clarity and preventing you from being fully open to the grace of the universe.
If you wish to give this New Year’s exercise a whirl, here are 12 life categories you may like to use to stimulate your review.
My suggestion is that for each category, ask yourself what is your most cherished core belief. These categories are based on the 12 houses of astrology.
Some of the houses hold more than one basic category or meaning. The suggestion is to select the one category from each house that seems most significant for you. This is a good exercise to come back to, perhaps starting with one house category on one day and the next on another. All categories or areas don’t have to be accomplished all at one sitting.
Some beliefs you may wish to keep holding which will serve to rededicate your values; but others may need to be laughed at and sent out of your mind and heart and on their way!
The 1st houset: the self, demeanor, physical body, public image, and vitality.
The 2nd house: money earned and material goods; what is valued; issues of survival and self-reliance
The 3rd house: immediate surroundings, siblings, short trips, left brain/intellect, communication
The 4th house: self-image, family, home, origins, heredity, and the nurturing parent
The 5th house: creativity, love matters, pleasure, leisure, children, self-expression
The 6th house: everyday life/routine, daily work (job) and colleagues, mentors, small animals/pets and health
The 7th house: relating to others, partnerships, other people
The 8th house: power/control issues, psychology, occult, passions and crises, transformations, death, financial investments, inheritance, other people’s money and sexuality
The 9th house: philosophy, long distance travels, abstract and higher concepts (right brain), religion, and foreign matters.
The 10th house: social success, professional destiny/career, authoritative parent
The 11th house: friends, collective projects, supports and wounds
The 12th house: spirituality, what is hidden, difficulties, solitude
If you do work with this exercise and find it helpful, I’d love to hear from you.
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