tories are the thoughts and beliefs that we convince ourselves are truth. We all have stories about the past, the present or the future. They can be about things we should do, what is possible, what other people could do, or who other people are.
Stories are generally untested, un-investigated theories or assumptions that provide definition or meaning to the aspects of life. The problem is that most of our stories are just assumptions handed-down from generation to generation.
When we Experience stress, there exists an underlying attachment to an untrue thought or story. Instead of attempting to uncover the cause, we try to change our stressful feelings by looking outside of ourselves.
It is very easy to get swept away by overwhelming feelings. However, these stressful, overwhelming feelings are our Inner Goddess/Adonis gently reminding us that we are getting caught up in our stories!
Depression, pain, fear, doubt and worry are gifts that tell you to “take a look at what you are thinking right now. You’re living in a story that is no longer serving you.”
When we get caught in the dream or the illusion, we try to alter and manipulate the stressful feeling rather than attempt to uncover the thought behind it.
That’s why I say that any negative emotion is an indication that there’s a thought that you may want to uncover and shift. Inquiry and investigation of any thought that no longer serves you will always lead you back to happiness and who you really are.
If you touch a hot stove does anyone have to tell you to move your hand? Do you have to decide? No! When your hand starts to burn, it moves. You don’t have to direct it. The movement is automatic. In the same way, when you begin to question any thought or story that is untrue and realize it is causing you pain or discomfort, you will move away from it.
This isn’t rocket science. Before the thought or story, you were not suffering. With the thought or story you are suffering. When you come to the realization that the thought or story no longer serves you, you can release it, go back to not suffering, and return to happiness.
Self-inquiry is the way to end all suffering and to experience peace, even in a world of apparent chaos. Above all else, self-inquiry is about realising that all the answers you will ever need are inside of you and are always available to you if you are willing to give up your story.
Call To Action
My coach’s request to you is the next time you are feeling negative emotion, take yourself through this inquiry process:
- What is the underlying story that is playing?
- Is this story really true?
- Does this story serve me in any way?
- What would I like to change about this story?
Once you’ve discovered what the story is, how it serves you now, and what you would like to change about it, then it’s time to write your NEW story as you want it to be.
However, I do understand that sometimes in the midst of great contrast uncovering your story may not seem valuable. I challenge you to keep an open heart.
Every contrasting experience has something to teach and while you may not be able to change the inevitable outcome, you can certainly change how you choose to perceive and, therefore, react to it.
If this still feels challenging to you, then I invite you to schedule a Possibilities Session with me, my gift to YOU, and let’s explore the possibilities together!
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Elaine C. Torrance-Gingrich Law of Attraction Coach