Can you speak your truth, say what you feel, and own your personal thoughts and feelings? It sounds simple enough. But let’s look at what’s behind that question.

Do you ever feel that you don’t have something worthwhile to say at a meeting or gathering of friends?

Are you afraid that if you would say something, no one would pay attention or actively continue that conversation with you?

Have you ever felt that you had an answer to a question or solution to a problem but couldn’t share it?

Did you feel that someone would say to you, “Who do you think you are?”

Those were the questions I wrote about in the spiritual allegory, “The City of Chains: The path of self-empowerment.” (Chapter 13 in Pathways: Tales for the Spiritual Seeker)

Every time you shut down saying your truth, sharing your wisdom, telling others what you think or how you feel, you might as well put a chain and padlock around your neck. That is what happened in the story.

And like in the story, you can get so used to your chains and self-limitations that you forget they are even there.

Take some time and think about this. Think of the different ways you give up your power:

  • by not saying what you think or feel because you think no one cares,
  • by not taking a risk or challenge because you’re afraid of making a mistake,
  • by not stepping out to lead because you feel no one is going to follow you,
  • by not offering your best because you’re afraid someone is going to take advantage of you or rip you off.

Now take back your power! Write out for yourself a statement that reminds you to claim for yourself your own power. Here are some examples:

  • From this moment on, I claim my right to speak my truth.
  • From this moment on, I claim my right to be who I am, and to do whatever I came her to do with my life.
  • From this moment on, I claim my right to move forward with ease and grace, and to help create whatever I can to make this a wonderful life for myself and for others.

Sit with that and let it soak it. Taste it. Savor it. Feel the peace it brings. Feel the excitement and energy rise up inside of you. That’s what it feels like when you break the chains of self-limiting beliefs, and experience your personal freedom.

How do you feel after reading this? Have you found some bit of wisdom and support in these suggestions? Please drop a line in the response box below (or click on the comment link in Facebook) and share your thoughts with us.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Janice M. Puta
Author of Pathways: Tales for the Spiritual Seeker
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