“When left unhealed, the past will destroy our lives. It buries our unique gifts, our creativity, and our talents. And when these parts of ourselves go unclaimed they stagnate inside us: we use them against our world instead of in harmony with it. We think we’re mad at the world, that we want to change the world, that if only the world were different we’d be able to live our dreams. But it’s WE who need to change.
We’re angry at ourselves for not persisting, for not honoring the god force inside us, for not giving ourselves permission to express ourselves as we truly desire. We think we’re mad at our parents for repressing us early in life. Actually we’re angry at ourselves for perpetuating that repression. It’s as if, a long time ago, someone put us in a cage and although the cage hasn’t been there for years we still struggle against its imaginary walls. The cage is our self-imposed limitations, our self-doubt, and our fear. We were taught that it’s hard work to go after our dreams. We may not have understood that it’s even more difficult living day in and day out with the knowledge that we don’t pursue them.”
Debbie Ford, in “The Dark Side of the Light Chasers”
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