Monday, January 2, 2012

What Lies Are You TellingYourself (and others)?

The story we tell ourselves and others to explain our current reality is a direct result of what we have come to believe-about ourselves, about others and about the world. We tell stories as a way to protect ourselves because we have become afraid to let others see us as we really are.

What are you afraid of? Did you know that research has found there are only two "natural" fears: the fear of falling and a fear of loud noises. The rest of our fears are manufactured lies we tell ourselves as a result of an experience we somehow find undesirable.

Fear has been described as False Evidence Appearing Real. In other words, we make up evidence to support us in coping with an unpleasant situation. The more often we practice telling ourselves that there is a "real" reason for us to avoid something, the more real it becomes. It doesn't take long for us to accept this as a truth and allow it to guide us unconsciously in the choices we make.

Often times, we adopt someone else's "truth" about things. For instance, before Christopher Columbus discovered America, the world knew the truth about the world-it was flat. Before Thomas Edison invented electricity, we knew ther was no way to harness energy through wires to produce light. Before Roger Bannister ran a mile in under 4 minutes, we knew it couldn't be done.

What lies are you telling yourself to cover up your true identity? What beliefs are you using as your guide in life to avoid that which you fear?
Are you willing to discover a new truth-to "know" a better way of achieving what you desire besides hiding in fear and hoping someone else will provide?

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