Remember when you were a kid and there was something so scary about the dark?
You were afraid there might be monsters under the bed or in the closet. It felt so real. Your body tensed and you feared the unknown.
Somehow when the light was turned on, or in the light of day, the monsters in your imagination would recede and lose their power to hurt you.
The movie, Monsters, Inc. is a charming, animated tale that shows the monsters in the light of day as goofy, charming, caring, and sometimes frightened themselves.
Our emotions can be like these monsters. When we hide them, ignore them, or push them into the dark corners of our mind, they become much bigger than life and raise the fear factor.
We’re afraid of what might happen and often the fear is much bigger than the reality.
Shining some light and bring the emotions out where we can see them, feel them, and release them can make them seem less frightening and mysterious.
I’ll admit that it is going to take a lot of practice for me because of a lifelong habit to put my emotions in a closet and double bolt the door. I figured if I ignored them, they would leave.
In the Attraction Distraction by Sonia Miller, she says, “Emotions are healthy and all emotions are completely ok. They are simply energy passing through your body and need to be released so your soul can speak to you.”
What a lovely way of putting it. I believe that is true and the more we listen to our instincts, the signals from our body, and shine a light on the feelings we’ve hid in the dark, the less we’ll live and act in fear.
The book that I am reading now, and more importantly, doing the exercises, is The Sedona Method by Hale Dwoskin.
I am really enjoying the simple and effective methods that help release emotions, both old and new.
It’s like having a flash light to see there is nothing to be afraid of, it’s going to be ok.
Mark Twain may have said it best ;
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”