I received a request for some advice and a meditation from a person who is struggling to overcome years of oppression in his country of birth. He feels unable to make much progress personally and professionally in the country he has immigrated to. He said:
“I have developed several emotional issues like lack of self confidence, self-esteem, concentration problem, anxiety and being a perpetual worrier on trivia”.
Although his case may seem uncommon to those of us who have lived in comparatively safer and freer countries, you might be interested in reading about the common causes of our mental, emotional and psychological unrest in my response to him:
“A blessed New Year to you Z! And thank you for your inquiry.
Moving from one country/culture to another even when the two countries/cultures are similar is quite an upheaval – pulling up one’s ‘roots’ and establishing new ‘roots’.
When the two countries/cultures are so different, that upheaval has an added dimension of adjustment. In your case, this adjustment may have much to do with trust.
I say this because it seems that you have grown up and lived in a culture that you now see as oppressive and one that you appear to be unable to trust. Perhaps you have always felt the culture, religion and government of your country of birth to be oppressive and untrustworthy.
Whichever it is, the fact is you don’t feel you are able to live your life as fully and freely as you would like to, personally and professionally.
The first thing I’d like to say, Z, is that there are many, many people who are not living their lives as fully and as freely as they would like to. They can be found in all parts of the world.
The clinics and offices of professional therapists, psychologists, counsellors and other related professionals in the West (and to a slightly lesser degree in the East) are well patronized by such people.
My point here is simply this:
While our backgrounds may be different, our experiences unique and the triggers for our psychological and mental disquiet many and varied, the underlying cause of our mental/emotional/psychological pain is the same – it is fear.
Fear takes many forms, one of which is distrust. We are unable to trust the world to be kind to us, to do right by us and to allow us to live fully and freely.
At the same time, we have lost confidence in ourselves and we are unable to trust ourselves to know what is best for us, to make the decisions that we need to make and to follow our dreams. In short, to live fully and freely!
Let me say it again – most of us are in the same boat. We differ only in degree!
So, what can I recommend in a situation such as yours?
I shall put it in dot points. I suggest that you use each one as a point of reflection and meditation.
Begin by sitting in a quiet and comfortable place. Allow yourself to relax by holding a sense of softness in your mind. Take some deep and gentle breaths. Then instruct your mind in the following way:
I allow myself to be soft, open and spacious.
I allow myself to sit in the direct flow of universal energy, source, unconditional love, god, Allah (use the term that you are most comfortable with).
I allow myself to feel the peace, power, joy and freedom of this universal energy.
Take a few more deep breaths.
Now, reflect on one or more of the following. Take your time with each:
- I am an expression of god/love/universal energy
- As an expression of god/love/universal energy, no one and no thing has power over me
- The only thing that is vulnerable is my fear-conditioned mind
- My natural mind is powerful, peaceful, joyous, limitless and free
- No one and no thing is responsible for my happiness or unhappiness, my sense of power or powerlessness, no more than I am responsible for anyone else’s
- When I cease to hold someone or something else responsible for who and what I am, I assume full responsibility for, and power over, myself. I am liberated.
- As an expression of ultimate source/universal energy, I am free to be, do and have anything I want. I am only limited by my fear-conditioned mind
- My purpose in life is joy. It is something I can choose right now and focus on right now
- When I focus on joy, on living fully and freely, I feel empowered for I have dropped all disempowering thoughts and feelings
May I also suggest the following articles that you will find at my blog:
Being happy means being powerful http://www.lucylopez.net/planethappiness/?p=654
Whatever you believe, you are right http://www.lucylopez.net/planethappiness/?p=246
A beautiful meditation for the happiness of all http://www.lucylopez.net/planethappiness/?p=398
How do you handle barriers to your happiness http://www.lucylopez.net/planethappiness/?p=678
I hope you find them useful.
Have faith Z. Trust in the true nature of who you are – powerful, limitless and free. Experience it in meditation. Be joyous in your intentions!”
Awakening to Happiness, Prosperity and Freedom!
PS Keep an eye out for my free new ebook, 10 Power and Prosperity Themes for the New Year, that you’ll be able to download from this blog!