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The other day I went to see the remake of The Lion King. It took me right back to childhood being left in a puddle of tears!
As an adult the story took on a whole new meaning though. Each character represented an aspect of one's psyche.
Scar took on the role of the ego and inner critic. Out of his own pain and emotional wounds he was cold, cruel, and manipulative. King Mufasa represented the "Atman" or the eternal Self.
Scar criticized King Mufasa for only having brute strength, but it's clear that Mufasa's true source of strength came from his compassion, humility, and respect for all beings and the circle of life. It radiated outwards and created flourishing Pride Lands.
Young Simba symbolized the naive untrained mind- impatient, unable to grasp the bigger picture, and wait for his time to rule and roar.
Simba was easily manipulated by Scar, the inner critic, because he was not mature and experienced enough to discern and understand the inner workings of life and mind.
Simba lived in doubt and ran from his destiny based on a single belief created by the inner critic.
In time, Simba reclaims his power with the help of his little friends. In the final scene, Simba discovers the truth and realizes he had been deceived by Scar (as a result of his "emotional scar") and kept from the truth the entire time!
Scar, the inner critic, vanishes in the light of the truth!
The same goes for our inner critic.
When we shine the light of truth on a negative belief, thought, fear or limiting story and inquire it disappears.
I'm getting ready for a 4-week wellness in the workplace seminar series at a law firm in September and I keep finding my inner critic popping up to chime in.
She likes to come around when I'm about to make a step to grow, create, be my most authentic Self, break down barriers, or try something outside of my comfort zone.
Public speaking can be daunting, but what I'm learning is that a message from the heart roars louder than any insecurities or fears.
THE PRACTICE: Silencing the Inner Critic
The first step to silencing the inner critic is to be aware of your thoughts. Having a meditation practice can be a tremendous help in doing this.
In the face of sabotaging thoughts imagine turning right towards them. Don't run; that's what fear wants you to do.
Then, ask a very important question...
"IS THAT TRUE?"
You may find the thought/critic melts when it's secret is out-it was all an illusion! (Hint: We are not our thoughts!!!)
If you need more inquiry begin to ask when was the first time you remember thinking this/feeling this way.
Here's the best part:
Know that you have the power to choose your thoughts!
Check out this Blog Post: Keep Your Thoughts and Your Mouth Neutral to learn how to improve your oral hygiene and health and your inner self-talk.
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