As we are closing out the year, it may be a good time to do a life review so that we may prepare for new beginnings and a more joyful and healthy future.
When a significant aspect of our life isn’t working, it is often because we haven’t healed wounding from our past. We may be unconscious of how particular life experiences shaped us and how they are contributing to what we perceive and therefore, experience now.
As you know, we have very adept defense mechanisms that help us manage our pain so as not to allow the pain to completely overwhelm us at the time and prevent us from functioning. This is particularly true in childhood as we are dependent upon our caregivers for our survival and security needs. However, if over time these issues are not addressed and healed, they will keep presenting themselves in numerous ways later, whether in relationships, financially, our business or health. And worse, if not healed, these issues will show-up in our body as illness and disease. Our body wakes us up when our mind has gone to sleep.
As I ask you the following questions, allow your subconscious and intuition to speak to you. Trust that your answers will come to you easily, effortlessly and immediately in a flash of insight. Allow your heart and inner voice to lead you.
What is troubling you at the moment or lately? How is past conditioning and/or wounding affecting your current reality?
Pick an ineffective and prominent pattern that keeps showing-up in your life. When did the pattern begin? Go back to as far back as you can remember (most thought patterns develop in early childhood).
What contributed or led to the development of this pattern? What was happening in your environment at the time? At the time the pattern developed, what did you believe to be true about others and your environment?
How did you interpret these messages from the outer world, in other words, what meaning did you place on these events? What did this say about you and the beliefs you now hold about yourself?
To what degree are these beliefs and perceptions self-limiting and based on the past? What does your higher-self want you to know about what is actually true about you? In this moment, what is Divine guidance saying to you?
How are your circumstances today mirroring these limiting self-concepts? How are these patterns hindering you from realizing your full potential?
What would happen if you let go of these limiting beliefs and patterns? How might your future be different from today and your past? Is it time to let go of these outdated and ineffective patterns now? If not, what more do you need to learn and experience before you can let go of them? What, if anything, are you waiting for?
Reflecting on the pains of our past is tough and takes courage. Shoving issues and feelings under the rug however, makes things worse, strengthens unhealthy defenses, and ultimately results in us being cut off from ourselves and others. These unhealed aspects of us show up as projections on others and can wreak havoc on our lives.
The grieving process may take time. Steps typically include denial and numbness, anger, bargaining, sadness and despair — but then something amazing and miraculous occurs. Sadness and despair can lead to a shift in perception — a positive shift in thinking and believing gained through acceptance.
Acceptance of what occurred and how the experience helped shape you for the better and what you learned from it. Inviting and allowing your own healing is the gift that you give yourself as it requires self-care and leads to empathy for oneself. The blessing is that you are able to develop your underdeveloped side and reintegrate lost aspects of yourself to become your “Whole Self”. Ultimately, you are allowing your soul to speak to experience and express your Divine Spirit. What is more important than that?
About Karen Storsteen, M.S., M.A
I am an Intuitive Therapist. I am known for my “uncanny intuitive gifts” and blend this skill with transpersonal psychology and counseling to help you gain insight, awareness, healing and growth in love, work and life.
Having worked in the fields of human and organizational development for over 25 years, I have counseled and educated hundreds of thousands to self-actualize and reach their greatest potential. I help people let go of limiting thoughts and behaviors so they can experience the miraculous and catapult their lives forward.
Do you need clarity and peace of mind? I am here to assist you whether you are going through a difficult life transition, having relationship issues, seeking career counseling, grieving the loss of a loved one, desiring business consulting, or an intuitive read. I also provide intuitive and self development classes.
I have been featured on ABC, NBC and CBS, Inc. and TED Magazine, and have been a regular on morning radio and several FM/AM and internet radio stations. My work is well-recognized by Fortune 500 leaders, professional organizations (such as Mensa, the High IQ Society and the Project Management Institute), higher education, mental health professionals, the Crime Wire Bureau of Investigations (for finding missing people and solving suspicious crimes intuitively), media and the general public.
I graduated with Honors with a Master of Arts in Psychology from Regis University and a Master of Science in Management and Organization, and Master’s Minor in Finance, from the University of Colorado. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. I have numerous certifications in psychological, behavioral and organizational assessment and human-performance improvement technologies.
I provide counseling and business consulting services, as well as intuitive sessions globally and by phone.
To learn more, go to karensinsight.com and karenstorsteen.com.
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