Rumi said that our task is not to seek love, but to find all the barriers within ourselves that we have built against it.
What’s interesting is, so much of life works the same way.
These things that we deeply desire, like happiness and joy and satisfaction and fulfillment, they aren’t so much pursued as they are allowed. They show up in our lives because of the permission we give ourselves.
Guilt, for example, is a common barrier we use to hold ourselves back. An excuse we use not to move forward and face the next step. And a restraint we use to handicap our potential.
Because that’s the guilt story we’ve bought into. That we’re not worthy of receiving. That we’re not whatever enough to welcome in any more.
And as a result, we withhold joy from ourselves, starving our souls for the nutrition they need most.
When the healthier response is to create that portal. To own our talent, accept our success, enjoy our status and give ourselves credit for the genuine value we provide and the meaningful contribution we make.
Sound like a of work?
It certainly is. But only in the beginning. Because once that joy portal opens, there’s no going back. There’s no rehab program for being addicted to giving yourself permission.
Once you’ve crossed that line, you can rarely cross back over.
Once you’ve tasted what it’s like on the other side, good luck trying to guilt yourself away from joy ever again.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
When will you free yourself from the subconscious mechanisms of guilt that limit your happiness?
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