mystic mamma

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“The willingness to reach inside every part of yourself opens the door to total understanding. You place your entire identity on the line, not just an isolated part. This may sound daunting, but actually it’s the most natural way to approach any situation. When you hold some part of yourself in reserve you deny it exposure to life; you repress its energy and keep it from understanding what it needs to know.
Imagine a baby who wants to walk but has these reservations.
1. I don’t want to look bad.
2.I don’t want to fall down.
3. I don’t want anyone else to watch me fail.
4. I don’t want to live with the burden of failure.
5. I don’t want to expend all my energy.
6. I don’t want any pain.
7. I want to get things over with as fast as possible.
For a baby these reservations seem absurd. If any of them applied, learning to walk would never happen, or it would happen tentatively. The chance for mastery could never present itself.
Yet as adults we resort to these reservations all the time. 
We deny our mastery as a result.”

 

~Deepak Chopra from The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life
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