Sometimes in that early morning time between sleep and awakening I get my clearest flashes of insight. Maybe that’s when my egoic mind is least likely to get in the way of Divine inspiration.
The other morning I awoke to a vision of a bird cage with the door of the cage open. As I reflected on the image, I realized that the cage represented the limitations on how we live our lives.
The bars of the cage represent our perceptions of what other people think of us. We’re often bound by the opinions of others–what we perceive as their judgments or criticisms of us. We live in fear of disappointing people or of being misunderstood. And as long as we focus on what others think of us, it keeps us in that cage of limitations.
What gives the bars of the cage strength is our own feelings of low self-esteem and unworthiness. We don’t trust in our own abilities and we look to others to validate us and our choices.
In fact, we come to identify who we truly are with our perceptions of what other people are thinking about us. We buy into the idea that we are the sum of other people’s opinions of us.
When we think this way, it’s hard to imagine a life outside the cage. From an energy medicine point of view, we’d say that this represents a weakened third chakra; a self-perception that “I am not enough.”
But the truth is that the door is always open and the choice is always there for us.
To go through the door, we first have to detach from our dependence on the approval of others. Yes, other people will still have their opinions of us and we allow them to think what they will. At the same time, we choose to live our authentic lives and own what we think and do in the world.
And in doing this we experience true freedom. Freedom from our own negative thoughts about ourselves and what we think others think of us. Freedom from comparison, fear of rejection, and the need for others’ approval.
Here are a few positive affirmations we can use:
“I trust myself. I am enough. I am worthy.”
“I choose to be at peace with that which I am guided to do.”
“I allow myself the freedom to be my authentic self.”
Today, let’s choose to live our own authentic lives and give ourselves the freedom to express our uniqueness in the world!
p.s. If you’re interested in the idea of energy medicine and would like a great introduction to the seven chakras and how they affect our physical and mental health, check out my online video course, Children of the Chakras: A Return to Health and Self-Love.