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Stories run our lives. We define ourselves with stories. Sometimes they are true, sometimes BS. We don’t always know. Why do we believe them?

Inner tales are seductive. We hang on to narratives from the past even when some are unpleasant/ fruitless. Maybe you too can pertain:

“I’m not worthy, I’m no good”

“I had so much promise until…”

“If exclusively I could turn back time…”

Why do we conceive such thought-loops? Because of our intrinsic innocence.

Here’s a great analogy that Dr David R Hawkins uses to describe the characteristics of our consciousness.

He compares it to the hardware of a computer that will run any application it’s programmed with

Dr Hawkins writes:

“No matter what platforms we move, the hardware–the computer itself–remains unchanged. The piety and coherence of the equipment has still not been sullied, even though they are the programs are erroneous.”

It’s the same with our primal innocence, our capacity to believe.

As children, we assuredly repute the words and actions of parents and caregivers. Teaches, video, and peers.

Being incredibly suggestible, we smell the heavines of their words and actions, and eagerly attach ourselves to it.

Erroneous creeds and stories have these capabilities to establish us sick. What we hold in mind for long enough tends to express itself In our actions, in our health, in our relationships, in our addictions.

The first step towards spiritual and psychological ego attention is to discuss our consciousness, our mental loops and impression structures

Self-care entails taking responsibility for our consciousness, examining inner fibs and impression system.

As Dr Hawkins writes

“We take responsibility for that and say,’ In my innocence, I bought all that; I didn’t know any better. I thought that the right thing to do “re gonna be” judgmental, to condemn and evaluate people…Now I see that it has reached me sick, so I’m going to let it go'”

I use the example of recuperation from addictions as the ultimate example of rewriting one’s story. Prior to Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 steps, there was no way for a person to be able to recover from the progressive disease of alcohol addiction

Affirmations are about rewriting aged stories.

But before they can work, we must examine our current thought-patterns and underlying responses to everyday life happenings. Superficial alterations only lead to superficial outcomes.

Whatever our most pressing feelings question is at the moment–distraction, unwanted wonts, anger, delay, nervousnes, fear …

We can try a simple exercise to discover what we’re comprising in intellect

Reflective elicits to contemplate in the morning or at night:

* What’s bothering me today?

* What am I trying to avoid or ignore?

* What disturb me today? Why did I certainly get upset about it?

* What’s the floor that I’m telling myself about it?

With every thing that comes up, ask the question: What is it for?

It’s easy to unveil inner narrations behind our reactions to things that bother us. Hope that helps.

If this resonates, delight check out a more detailed version of this berth that appeared on my Substack newsletter, The Examined Life. https :// examinedlife.substack.com/ p/ stories-we-tell-ourselves

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