Carl Jung once said: “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
There are reasons why we act out. Addiction is a symptom of a spiritual problem – an illness that goes much deeper. Until we are able to unpack some of this “baggage,” we will continue to carry it where ever we go. But what do we need to unpack?
There are ‘hidden’ beliefs just below the surface, beneath the level of your awareness. But just because you are unaware of them, doesn’t mean they don’t influence how you think and feel. In fact, you have beliefs that have directed your life since you were a small child.
What are some of your hidden beliefs? Here are a few of my own:
· “I am unworthy”
· “I am not good enough”
· “The world is not a friendly place”
· “God is too busy to care about me”
Now, I didn’t walk around thinking to myself, “I am worthless.” It never occurred to me that I wasn’t good enough. But it was my actions that betrayed my beliefs. I used to imagine what I wanted to do with my life, but I wouldn’t make the effort necessary to get where I wanted to go. It was my actions that betrayed my belief: “I don’t deserve the things I desire.”
When I learned to pay attention to how I felt in my body – emotionally – I gained some insight into why I was acting out. I was learning how to increase my level of self awareness.
This is something anyone can learn.
When we become aware of what is going on below the surface, we gain a better understanding as to why we do the things we do. As we are able to uncover our hidden beliefs, it gets easier to identify the ones that are false… the beliefs that stand in our way.
“Mindfulness” is a way that helps us to improve our self awareness. Recovery is nurtured and greatly improved when we live “mindfully.”
The sooner you can identify the false beliefs that lay hidden below the surface of your awareness, the sooner you will learn how to stop resisting and accept what is. The struggle ends when your resistance ends.
Uncover what is hidden – identify your false beliefs – and begin to move forward.