“The Monster in Your Closet”
She awoke with a start. What was that?!?! Uh-oh ~ is it the dreaded - ?.....no wait, Mommy says monsters don't exist. But deep in her heart, she knew that was the most likely possibility ......I mean, what else could it be? She peered through the sheets at the shadows in her room & sunk further into her pillow as she pulled the covers up over her head. Sleep eluded her. How could she rest peacefully when she "knew" the moment she closed her eyes, that stupid monster was going to emerge from under the bed. Or was he in the closet? It didn't really matter. Wherever he was, it seemed he only stayed away if she stayed aware....& awake. So with a slight tremble, she forced her eyes open wider....alert to her surroundings & doing all she could to evade that terrible, awful, most horrendous monster.
As children, we shudder at the thought of something "getting us" in the middle of the night. We are quite frequently afraid of the dark as it represents uncertainty. We can't see as clearly in the dark & we just don't know what might be out there.
Now stop & think for a moment.....does any of that sound familiar in your adult life, as well? What is the monster in your closet? We all have them—our fears, perceived limitations, worries about the future & past grievances that are holding us down (and, in many cases, keeping us awake at night). Where is the darkness holding you hostage or disrupting your peace?
Our bodies are equipped with a fight or flight response. When you can't sleep because all of the noise going round & round in your head, that is the fight response taking over. Your sympathetic nervous system is simply priming your body to flee in the threat of an attack. Your pupils dilate, blood vessels constrict, your heartbeat accelerates, tunnel vision kicks in for greater acuity.....along with many other physiological responses. No wonder you can't sleep!
But do you ever consider that maybe your adult monsters aren't quite as real as they seem to be either?
I know what it's like to feel like you are walking around aimlessly in the dark ~ bumping into obstacles, unable to see more than inches in front of you....feeling lost, confused, uncertain, fearful. Those are very natural states of the human existence. But you don't need to let them run you. You most certainly CAN emerge from the darkness.
Often times we're letting the unknown, the darkness, the fear of that terrible, awful, most horrendous monster keep us from living full out & experiencing the life we dream of when we ARE in that peaceful state.
You surely know that peaceful state I'm speaking of ~ the times when you are in alignment with your higher self. The times when that light comes on. When your vision becomes clear & your heart is centered in love. Love for yourself, love for
humanity... pure, unbound love on a soulful level. That's the state we surely wish to be in ~ as often as possible.
So how do we attain that more frequently? Begin with actually listening to the noise in your head. What is it telling you? Why does it want to be heard? When you stop pushing it away or trying to avoid it, you may actually learn something of value. Or you may simply realize there's not as much validity in all those thoughts as you once believed.
You've surely heard about facing your fears head on. Well that's not just about spiders & heights. It also applies to the fears inside your mind. Face them, question them, listen to what they have to say. THEN - you can work towards releasing them, reframing them & illuminating that path to a more harmonious existence.
I believe our society has taught us to push things aside for far too long. Thankfully, there is finally an awakening taking place....an awareness that actually DEALING with our fears, our feelings & our perceived limitations is the only way to move through them. It's the only way to achieve that state of peace we all so deeply desire.
Wishing you Peace & Prosperity! ~ Elle Sompres
Elle Sompres is a Professional Speaker & Coach helping people work through their limiting beliefs and find self empowerment to authentically create the life they dream of.....& deserve.