"Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance. Therefore the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That's why we feel so much Resistance. If it meant nothing to us, there'd be no Resistance.”
~ Steven Pressfield
We talked about why we are so often afraid of our authentic self-expression.
My Authenticity Protector
In the interview, I shared that we all have a spiritual self that wants to express all of who we are. And, we also have younger, fearful personality parts inside that fear standing out in the crowd.
To "get along" in society we have protective parts of self. Some social protectors keep us fitting in, conforming and carefully scanning the environment to see if it feels safe.
These (younger) social protectors are often self-critical. They criticize us in similar ways that we have been criticized in the past in an attempt to keep us safe, small and fitting in.
The good news is, we can develop a different kind of social protector to help us feel safer to express who we really are! We can ask for an inner protector that advocates for our authentic self-expression. We can ask an inner protector to help us feel big and bright and brave!
In my interview with Dawn, I shared how a recent intuitive collage called herself my "authenticity protector." (See my collage above.) What a wonderful shift of confidence this fierce inner protector has created in me!