I recently had the privilege of working with a client that clearly showed me the power of long held thought forms and patterns. It has led me to reflect on how powerful the mind is at interpreting our individual world based on the programmed thought patterns that form our inner world and become our outer experience as well.
Being human we all are imprinted with thought patterns – beliefs, judgements, opinions, etc. that come from our caretakers as children and then added to by friends, acquaintances, significant others, educators, and many more. Some of these patterns are benign – causing us no inner limitations that transfers to our outer experience. If, as the thought forms and patterns are initially imprinted, they are done so with elements of emotional difficulty – pain, fear, disempowerment, denial of the self, loss, disrespect, etc. then it creates thought forms and patterns that are limiting and disrupting in the present moment. It seems that sometimes these negative imprinting patterns are done without intent or malicious design – but the most damage to our inner thought forms is done when the patterning is done by purposeful, malevolent intention.
Whenever there are mind patterns that are ingrained and are tied to unresolved emotions they create limits in our behavior. We may not feel safe or have deep emotional reactions if we stray outside the limits that are in our mind. It is as if we can only move down a narrow hallway and if we stray outside the bounds of the narrow space then we fear something difficult will occur – so we limit our experience to avoid the possibility of encountering the underlying unresolved emotions. I am reminded of how a baby elephant can be trained to stay in one place by a chain attached to one of its legs. As it grows it clearly becomes strong enough to pull the stake out of the ground – but in its mind it is held fast by the long held thought pattern of the chain. So it is with long held, unresolved thought forms and patterns that keep us from being our full selves and living to our highest potential – our self-imposed chains that imprison us long after those that imprinted the thought forms are gone.
This prison of thought forms will be held in our mind and limit our life experience until we grow strong enough, seek professional assistance, and even spiritual intervention to help us break the long held patterns of painful restriction. We must become aware of these limitations and have grown weary enough of their presence to finally choose to seek out help and make this dramatic change. By altering these thoughts that block us from our inner light and peace we reach into our inner darkness and pull ourselves more fully into the light. Our soul of love and light becomes present and as it does it makes new, positive thought forms and patterns from which we can live our lives more fully in grace.
This is the long and difficult journey of healing – removing limitations and their underlying cause to reveal the beauty of our inner being of love and light and to live fully integrated from that place. This allows us to expand the positive potential for living in the moment and stop the internal limitations and the battlefield of the mind that causes internal and external suffering and strife. As we heal ourselves we can then offer healing energy to others – bringing each out of darkness more fully into the freedom of peace, love and light.
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