There’s only ONE thing that will allow you to heal and find freedom: naming the TRUTH. The problem is, the truth is often painful, confronting and uncomfortable.
If you’ve ever been on the receiving end OR the delivery end of words like “I’m not in love with you anymore,” or you’ve decided to start working out after a long period of inactivity – you know what I’m talking about. The truth hurts. It can also liberate us.
I’m not talking about some universal existential “truth” here, I’m talking about YOUR truth, and the truth between you and your body. And yes, there are layers to your truth.
When you’re willing to see and name the truth of where you’re at physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually…you can heal anything.
When you’re courageous enough to face what’s really going on HEAD ON – you can heal anything.
Most of us tend to avoid whatever’s uncomfortable, scary, unknown. Often, the truth is painful so it makes sense that we’d avoid it. I encourage you to begin EMBRACING all pain that shows up in your life, because with it comes opportunity: to learn, evolve, adapt, let go of something old that’s holding you back; to have more freedom, self awareness…the list goes on.
How much discomfort can you tolerate before your instinct is to self-protect?
The more comfortable you can get with discomfort and uncertainty, the more you embrace the journey of self-awareness and naming things as they are – the less pain you’ll have in life.
What’s your body trying to tell you?
What truth is your body trying to get you to see, and name?
Your body houses your subconscious, which is your entire life’s memory bank and also generates all of your unconscious patterns that you act out on autopilot. Your nervous system plays a primary role here.
I believe our bodies are always trying to raise our consciousness by bringing to light what has up to now been buried in our subconscious. Sure, this sounds kind of woo-woo, and I definitely mean it in that sense. I believe our bodies try to get our attention about all kinds of things, including whether we’re living on purpose, speaking our truth or in denial about our past or current life experiences. I also believe our bodies get our attention about PHYSICAL issues that we need to see, name and address.
I see a LOT of people using the power of neuroplasticity via the power of BELIEF to BYPASS the physical and enter bliss, abundance, painlessness…without ever taking into consideration that we live in a PHYSICAL BODY, on the PHYSICAL EARTH…and this physical world has laws too.
Sometimes, the truth we need to face is as simple as this: your calf fascia is so tight from unused fight/flight, genetics and a decade of gymnastics that it’s pulling your patella off track causing that sharp stabbing pain when you try to run.
Other times the truth we need to face is more ominous and hard to look at: maybe you have unhealed trauma, maybe you’ve been avoiding speaking your truth or doing what you KNOW you need to do to feel fulfilled in your relationship, or career.
Only when we get to the BOTTOM of it can we make the journey upwards again.
How do you know what that truth is, and how do you find it?
First, you have to seek it; you have to want to find it. To me this translates as: you’re ready to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT (whatever “it” is). Knowing isn’t enough; if you’re not ready to take action on what you learn it will likely stay hidden from your consciousness.
We avoid what we (subconsciously or consciously) aren’t ready to take action on. That’s the reason it’s below our level of awareness to begin with! At some point that truth got stored until we could make ourselves ready.
Second, you have to be OPEN to the truth. If you have a lot of resistance to experimentation, being curious or WONDERING about yourself, chances are you’re not open (maybe you’re not ready to learn this layer of truth just yet).
There’s a quote I love that states: “Truth is felt on the nervous system level.”
Even if the truth is ugly, hard and ultimately painful…your nervous system will likely RELAX when you face and name it.
You may discover layers of truth, peeling them back one at a time before getting to a deeper truth. For example, you may need to acknowledge that you’re scared of what you’ll learn; maybe you need to admit you’re not ready, that you’re more comfortable where you are. This is ok! At least you’re CHOOSING this consciously now.
Start where you are, and you’ll get a lot further than trying to jump ahead.
What truth is your body trying to get you to see and name right now? Is it physical, emotional, or something nebulous you feel is in your subconscious?
If you’re feeling brave, please share below. We heal faster when we do it together, and I know your story will inspire someone else.