You know that mean inner voice that says, “You SHOULD BE …”, “You SHOULDN’T have …” and “What is WRONG with you?!” in such a harsh and judgemental way?
Yup, our Inner Critic gets really nasty when we’re not living up to its high standards.
It often seems like our worst enemy: keeps us up at night, stops us from trying new things, prevents us from finishing projects (“it’s not perfect yet!!”), drives us to be workaholics, sabotages our relationships, makes us feel like crap…
But our Inner Critic isn’t ALL bad. In fact, successful people have a strong Inner Critic that drives their success, even when they don’t like how it does it.
But when it came down to it, Laurel simply could not let herself relax or “just” explore! There were so many things things she SHOULD do instead… She felt “massive resistance” within her and was really frustrated.
(Note: “Should” is one of the Inner Critic’s favorite words. ;-p)
- Create lists of all the things that need to be done by area (house, work, etc)
- Hang the lists up where they’re out of sight but can be reviewed regularly — on her closet walls!
- Create a rough timeline for what needs to happen when & hang it up too.
“OK,” I said to Cruella. “What’s the worst thing that could happen if Laurel ignored her To Do lists?” When we drilled down, the very worst thing Cruella could think of was that Laurel would “hate her life“.
I pointed out that for Laurel NOT to “hate her life”, she needs to be able to relax sometimes and enjoy being in the moment… (Laurel is a meditator of many years’ practice; a big part of her is all about ‘being in the moment.’)
I asked Cruella: “Is there was a way to compromise?”
Cruella: “Yes.” [!] “If Laurel takes the time to get clear about all the pieces that need to be done, and focuses on 1 thing in the moment, I’ll let her enjoy moments of exploring and relaxing too.”
Whoo hoo! I thanked Cruella for the breakthrough, and noted that when all the pieces are clear + Laurel is in the moment = there is inner PEACE. Cruella and Laurel-the-meditator make a perfect team!
Cruella: “Actually, I prefer to be called ‘Judith’…”
Laurel: “Wow, I feel so much clearer and more peaceful!”
It’s vital to get to know, appreciate and negotiate with our subconscious parts, so we can stop being at war with ourselves. For if we don’t have peace in ourselves, how can we possibly have peace in our relationships, much less peace in the world?
Love and blessings,