Written by: Karen Bashford, Executive Contributor
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Imagine a world where you have the power to create the life you dream about. Unrestricted by time and need to work hard to earn an income. But to be free of the limiting beliefs and trauma of the past which are holding you back from achieving your full potential. What would it look and feel like? It is possible when you are aware and trust your innate wisdom.
To succeed, one must lay a solid foundation by knowing oneself and tapping into one's innate wisdom.
Instead of adhering to the conventional wisdom that hard work alone leads to success, imagine a scenario where you harness the power of self-awareness to accomplish your goals effortlessly.
It may sound impossible, but it's entirely achievable. Life can align in your favour, effortlessly fulfilling your desires and dreams.
The secret lies in understanding what truly drives you, what triggers your reactions, and the deep-seated programming that may hold you back.
Digging deeper into self-discovery
You might believe you already understand who you are, but what if you were to delve even deeper? Is it necessary? Yes, absolutely. The more profound your self-exploration, the more likely you are to uncover hidden obstacles that may hinder your present or future progress.
The limiting power of unconscious beliefs
Consider the case of Rachel Elnaugh, renowned for her success and failure with Red Letter Day, who admitted during an interview to being oblivious to hidden beliefs that ultimately led to the downfall of her business.
She unknowingly encountered her internal glass ceiling. This psychological barrier prevented her from expanding her business beyond a specific limit.
Her inner fears became self-fulfilling prophecies, ultimately resulting in her losing her business.
But it's not just about breaking through glass ceilings. Your life experiences and deeply ingrained beliefs have led to programmed emotional reactions that significantly influence your outcomes more than your conscious thoughts.
The impact of emotional trauma
In "Your Body Keeps Score" by Bessel van der Kalk, the author delves into how emotional trauma shapes our responses. Your body serves as a constant warning system, signalling that it still harbours unresolved traumas.
Ignoring these signals, whether they manifest as physical pain, an illness, mental health, an inexplicable sense of unease, or a vague feeling that something isn't right, can lead to more significant problems over time.
The urgency of self-attention
Ignoring these warnings can force your body to compel you to stop and allocate the time needed for recovery. Whether it's burnout, a severe illness, an autoimmune condition, or a mental health challenge, your body demands your attention to resolve the internal conflict it's grappling with.
These issues reverberate throughout your life, affecting your business, relationships, career, wealth, happiness, and overall well-being. So why not give yourself time before your body takes action?
To truly understand yourself, examining your beliefs and childhood experiences is crucial. Seemingly insignificant and significant, these early experiences establish thought patterns and behaviours that subconsciously influence your choices and decisions.
Therefore, unlocking your full potential and achieving success necessitate a profound shift in mindset and a deliberate effort to examine and amend ingrained memories and beliefs.
Reflecting on childhood memories
Begin this journey by investigating your earliest moments, including your mother's health and emotional well-being during pregnancy and birth.
You may initially believe you've never experienced trauma. However, as you document positive and adverse childhood events, including house moves, changing schools, the loss of a pet, the death of a loved one, the birth of a sibling, or your parents' divorce.
Documenting releases memories that you have forgotten. In doing so, you can start to see patterns of behaviour.
Finding your beliefs
The next step is to examine your beliefs, of which there will be many. These beliefs influence your decisions and reactions as your subconscious operating system.
Sit quietly and review each event, firstly by sensing in your heart how you react to the event. Are you sad, indifferent, curious, or angry? Are there any other feelings?
And listen to what you instantly think when reviewing the event.
It's always best to trust your first thoughts, as they will be truthful, not those you had time to think about.
With your responses, you can then begin questioning the validity of your beliefs and their impact on your present. For instance, consider a scenario where you felt neglected when your parents were preoccupied with the birth of a sibling. Reflect on the beliefs you formed during that time, such as my parents don't care for me or love me. They don't want me.
Your rational mind will probably tell you not to be silly; of course, they didn't. But as that young child, you will have known something was different and reacted emotionally. Leaving you with emotional wounds you carry in adulthood.
Despite being busy, by reviewing and reflecting, you can free yourself of the limiting beliefs and emotional behaviours that continue to control your life.
Awareness is the freedom to change your life and how you react.
By questioning your beliefs, you can accept them as true or reject them as false, thereby recognising that you have the power to change the story you keep repeating.
You also permit your body to release the negative energy associated with your memories and beliefs. Empowering you to raise your vitality and connect deeper to your intuition and innate wisdom.
Increasing your ability to align with your desires and dreams.
In conclusion: To succeed in your endeavours, self-discovery is critical. By peeling back the layers of your psyche, you can uncover and address the subconscious beliefs and past traumas that may be holding you back. Embracing this journey of self-awareness leads to a more fulfilling, successful, and harmonious life in every aspect. Ultimately, you want a balanced life of health, love and abundance without working hard to achieve results.
Karen Bashford, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine
Karen Bashford is a Soul Healer, Change Facilitator, and intuitive Mentor on a mission: to empower women to be calm, confident and healthy leaders in their businesses and personal lives. Founder of The KB Method and The D.R.E.A.M. System, she brings rapid and enduring change to countless lives. Karen's journey through childhood neglect, two abusive relationships, life-threatening illnesses, and financial struggles provides the platform for her to be a thought-provoking and inspiring leader and mentor.