Episode 76 introduces a series about self-sabotage, which appears to plague most humans. It has many faces, and Mariëlle and Lucinda share theirs in the following episodes. First, they take a closer look at their limiting beliefs. What do they mean to the individual? How do they impact writing lives?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.’
(Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A COURSE IN MIRACLES, pp. 190–191).Mariëlle gives her coaching clients an exercise when they are struggling with limiting beliefs. It is available as part of the, Get Out of Your Own Way Starter Kit, which is available on subscribing to Mariëlle’s newsletter.
Step 1: Uncovering your beliefs about writing
The first step is to write down every belief you have about writing. Grab a notebook, print this page, or open a new document on your computer. Set your timer to fifteen minutes, and start with: ‘Something I believe about writing is….’
Write down whatever comes up. Don’t think about it too much. Just let your thoughts flow onto the paper or screen. Even if the next thought contradicts one of the other beliefs you’ve already written down or seems too small to have an impact on your life. Try not to judge or censor any of your beliefs, and don’t argue with them either.
Adapted from Anodea Judith and Lion Goodman’s book. Creating on Purpose: The Spiritual Technology of Manifesting through the Chakras.