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Dredging Up the Painful Past —
Lost Awareness, Part 1

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"Why on earth would I want to dredge that up?"

If you recognize this as a real question from a real user of my Ultimate Stress Buster Kit, you're right on.

At my suggestion, she's been working her way through the booklet "Incubate Your Best Solution: How to Answer Perplexing Life Questions by Connecting with Your Inner Voice of Wisdom." And in her feedback to me during our most recent conversation, she offered up one of the most common reasons that people often block out the wisdom their subconscious mind is literally SHOUTING at them to pay attention to.

In my language now, not hers, she was just a little wary of what was going to be inside the magic envelope she was about to ask for.

  • "What if the message is something I don't want to hear?"
  • "What if it frightens me?"
  • "What if it brings up painful memories I don't want to re-visit?"

These are great questions. Really great questions. And they expose perhaps one of the most common reasons that people are so reluctant to quiet themselves to the point of being able to hear any message at all. Fear of getting an honest answer.

Fortunately, there's a solution so simple that once I reveal it, you may metaphorically kick yourself for not thinking of it yourself. Are you ready?

Step one in the process, as you'll recall, is formulating a great question. Determining what it is that you really want to learn.

All it takes to protect yourself from anything too scary coming up is a simple little modification in the question. Simply include at the end of your question something like this: "...and please only give me information today that I can handle."

Alternately, you could suggest, "Ultimately I want the full truth. But please deliver it in small enough bits that it doesn't scare me."

Or if you're feeling really brave, "Hit me with the full monty. I'm tired of messing around!"

The point is this. You are ultimately in control of not just the information you request, but how you request that it be delivered. Sometimes you might be so tired of being unsure about what to do next that you'll request the proverbial spiritual 2 x 4. Other times, you'll want one little bite at a time.

Just add the delivery instructions right in to your request!

A secondary related fear that was not in the way for this particular participant (but may be for you) is the fear of becoming responsible for what you've learned. We'll take that part up in another article.

Don't just manage your stress — resolve it!

Elizabeth Eckert can help you explore how simple everyday choices create health - or undermine even the best of intentions. With a background that ranges from energy medicine to structural bodywork to developmental psychology, this "Stick-To-It Coach" has the experience to support you in creating the healthiest possible expression of — you!

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