The power of the pictures we paint in our mind can be the catalyst that either traps us or sets us free. Here is a powerful picture that will help you free yourself.
There is a fundamental way that most of us see the world and it keeps us trapped. When we decide we want to improve ourselves, we unconsciously picture a hierarchy. Way up and out there is the weight of the world, and everything going on. Then there is our thinking self who is struggling under the weight of the world. Finally there is this core being that is our true self who is under the weight of the world and everything we think about it.
If this is the way we picture the world, how will we ever be able to lift or get out from under the weight and change our circumstances? This is the lie that traps us.
Get a picture of this hierarchy clearly in your mind. Now turn it upside down, putting who you truly are at the top of the hierarchy. We are not done yet, otherwise you might get the idea you are God, and the whole world is subject to you. The truth is that when you are at the top of the hierarchy it frees you to move up and down and around the hierarchy. It allows you to detach who you truly are from the rest of the hierarchy. This frees you to move about to the areas where you can make a positive difference.
The key to making this picture serve you, is to keep your head out of the past and the future, and only deal with what is in front of you right now. Almost every post on this blog repeats the idea that “You are not your thoughts, your past, or how you feel.” You are so much more than that. This is the truth that freed me. If you can turn this picture upside down, and discover this truth for yourself you will be free.