For some people, the critic is but an irritation without the power to stop them from moving forward. However, for highly sensitive people, this judge, censor, criticizer, and denigrator has taken over the entire front row in your life. You listen to what it slings at you. What’s more, you believe everything it says.
Motion for the uninvited bully that abuses you, makes you cry and want to give up to sit.
Now, stand in front of yourself, rub your hands together, and swallow hard. Snap on a spotlight. Suddenly, face-to-face with what sits in your shadows, it’s smaller than you imagined.
Expecting a fight, your hand shakes as you reach out. Warmth rushes up your arm and surrounds your heart. Suddenly in full possession of the authority for your own life, you laugh at how easy facing your fears and what you’ve been dreading turned out.
You thank your internal critic for challenging you to resist the lull of the status quo, dependency, conformity, and stagnation. Choosing change, evolution, maturation, growth and transformation fills you with confidence.
Usher Out the Critic
Show all the other people’s beliefs and rules and comments you assumed for yourself to the door and usher them out.
All too aware at how masterful the negative forces are at seduction, flattery, urgency, fear, sweet talk, and apologies, you keep your eyes open. You know firsthand how stealthy they slipped inside your mind, took up residence, and began eroding your belief in yourself before you had any clue of what was happening.
Judgment and opinions, assessment and appraisals nattered away until you no longer heard yourself think, much less develop your own truth and beliefs, and your inner self. Spun in a hundred different directions of shoulds and coulds and woulds – and usually coming up short – you now appreciate that what sat in your shadows was simply waiting for you to expose it to the light. The internal critic never intended to loiter there forever. Its job was to stop you long enough for you to seize full control of your life.
Chart A New Course
After you chart a new course across the Sea of Creativity and deeper into the Universal Story, first bar access to anyone who feeds what lies in wait in your mind. Then, wave goodbye to all that was.
Awake and eager to see where your spirit, inspiration, imagination and intuition next take you, turn and face your future. Then, get back to writing, painting, drawing, and dreaming. Only this time, free of the critic that used to challenge every decision you made, lose your ego. Surrender and allow the art itself direct which way to go next. Let the creative energy have its way with you.
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