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October 2010: Soul's Journey

What's Your Story?

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Each of us has our own unique story with our own cast of characters. We are the heroes of our story, even though we may not always feel very heroic. This story consists of our family, where we’ve lived, what we’ve done, who we’ve loved, what we’ve accomplished, our adventures, the roles we’ve played. The stories we tell can be fascinating, hilarious, tragic, filled with love or regret. They can serve as a reference point, a way of connecting with others, and how we express ourselves in the world.

 

Maybe the most important aspect of the story is our perception of it and ourselves in relation to what has happened. How do we interpret situations in our lives? How do we handle betrayal, disappointment, and success? Sometimes we get stuck in our story, and believe it defines who we are and what we do. Sometimes we get stuck in the wounds of the past and out of those hurts is the only way we relate to others and ourselves. Sometimes we get stuck in the labels others have placed on us and live our lives based on other people’s opinions. We can even get addicted to the drama that these stories hold.
 

When we allow situations and other people to define who we are, we get pulled away from our Soul Center and into the negativity of the world. The more energy and focus we put into our story based on what has happened, and what we perceive to be our limitations, we begin to create a morphic field around us that holds this story in place, causing us to continue to live in this limited reality.
 

The structure goes something like, “Because this_____ (you name your own situation or pattern) happened, it means that_________(fill in whatever interpretation, judgment, or limiting belief you took on about yourself, the world or safety here). So, therefore, this is who I am and what I do.” Labeling and diagnosing a situation can make it more of a problem. It gives it an identity and power.
 

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