Letting Go of Childhood Beliefs
Our limited childhood beliefs hold us back from growing forward. We all had good reason to shut down our light and power when we were young.
In the above journal process, you will discover that your "protector" is holding onto very specific childhood beliefs that, at one time, seemed to secure outer safety, acceptance and survival.
As part of my inner integration, I often try to create a new "win-win" belief to live into, to dance into, to sing about and to create expressive or affirmative art to meditate upon.
Below, I offer personal examples to demonstrate how I have integrated my positive belief work with the expressive arts.
Integration Using the Expressive Arts
In my childhood I decided that it was only comfortable for me to express my authentic self when I was alone. This had me creating a hugely imaginative inner life - but only when I was by myself. Until I was 40, this led me into a deeply-lived experience of the expressive arts - alone - in my journals. It did not, however, foster an ability to enjoy my relationships very much.
The Limited Childhood Belief: "I can only express my authentic self when I am alone" led to loneliness, social frivolity and a feeling of emptiness when I was with others.
The Win-Win Belief: "It is safe to express my authentic self in my relationship with others" is the integrative affirmation that has led me to share my creativity locally and internationally. Based on the healing of this childhood belief, I have since created many expressive arts and social groups where authentic expression is welcomed.
Dancing New Beliefs: The body, brain and nervous system needs to be rewired as limiting beliefs create tight constrictions in the body. Combining authentic movement with affirming, new, expansive beliefs helps the body to break apart stuck patterns. Try dancing to the inner words, "I belong. My authentic expression is welcome. I am free to be me."
Singing New Beliefs: Repeating new beliefs through an originally repetitive sing-song tune helps bring the new "win-win" beliefs into sharp focus. You have likely experienced having a song "stuck" in your head. This process serves the purpose of inviting the new "win-win" belief to more firmly embed itself into your mind. Try loudly singing your new, empowered beliefs. Sing, "I love who I am! I love myself unconditionally."