Your Past Influences Today’s Stories
When Emily was 4, she didn’t know what to do about her mother’s illness and unavailability so she froze that bit of her angry and confused energy and created a story. The story she created was about being responsible for taking care of her mother because she had made mother sick.
As Emily matured, she translated her story, with the help of other information from her surroundings into the story that she had to take care of everyone else in order to be accepted. And it seemed to work, until it filled up all her available time and led to overwhelming anxiety that she could not keep up with the load she had imposed upon herself.
What happened to you in the past influences the stories you continue to tell yourself throughout your life. Since you often created the stories in response to stressful or uncomfortable situations they may no longer be useful to you. In any case, they serve to separate you from your true Self.
I often remind my clients that everyone creates stories. That is how we are built as humans. The problem comes when we believe that the stories are true and act accordingly.
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