As many of you know, I read a lot. A lot! Sometimes the books are the newest releases and some are older. Right now I’m rereading “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho…an older realease. Every part of this book – from Intro to end – is interesting, intriguing and thought provoking.
My attention returned to this book because of the ‘new’ exercises in the Silva Intuition Training: connect to Source and finding your life purpose. Coelho calls life purpose our personal legend, food for thought in itself.
In the introduction he speaks of four obstacles. The first is that from our earliest childhood we’re told that everything we desire to do is impossible for us. It makes sense. Parents love us and desire to protect us and as very young people there are many things we physically do not have the capacity to do.
Whether from their love or fear for us our parents (and others) tell us many times that we “cannot do that” and as we grow up hearing this, it compounds with layers of prejudice, fear and guilt. Our earliest ‘dreams’ and desires become covered with these layers. But those dreams are still there.
Mental Housecleaning, discussed in the Silva Life System, is one of the best ways I know to begin unlayering ourselves. As we think of our various words, phrases, outlooks and beliefs – layers within – we have the opportunity to cast off those layers.
One example is ‘judgement words’ such as should, have to, must, need to and others. Oh…if I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard one of those words/phrases. I would love to have a nickel for every time I’ve said them to myself, my sons, anyone! In the class we talked about Where did they originate, How they impact our lives and Do we agree with them. Certainly worth attention! In fact we may agree with them and because it’s conscious agreement, we’re empowered. If we don’t agree, kick it to the curb. Throw off that layer, that restraint. Either way, empowerment and freedom are the rewards!
Becoming lighter and freer with fewer layers to smother our dreams, we begin to get a glimpse of them once more. Casting off more layers draws our dreams closer and closer until one day the sun shines brightly upon them.
Or is it that the light shines FROM them into our awareness!
Originally posted by Barbara Hawkins on Facebook Silva Living on Thursday, March 18, 2010