I am still shocked to find out that many people have no clue, they all have an inner critic, and some even have an inner saboteur. Yes, people! That voice in your head, yeah that one that just said “You’re crazy I don’t have a voice in my head!”, yes that one! That pesky narrator and commentator of your life that resides in your head—It is not you!
The inner voice that is the mind, the ‘ego’, your logic box, is nothing more but a set of rules and regulations, actions and reactions, causes and effects. It helps you to weigh in and assess any situation of your life, to assure your survival. Survival is one of the most basic instincts that drives us. That is why cold hard logic can overpower the matters of the heart and emotions. It insures survival due to invulnerability, granting you invincibility from havoc of rampant emotions.
The early stages of self-awareness begin when you start pulling yourself out of your life situations, into your body and letting yourself feel. Emotions are our secondary reactions to our feelings. Once you look through confusion, anger or even love and access your true feelings, you will take that first initial step to knowing yourself. When you know how you truly feel, you know which decisions to make for yourself based on what is good for you, because in knowing how you truly feel you get in touch with your innateness.
No one can tell you how you feel. Feelings are not disputable, because they are unique to you. No one should tell you how you feel, because lets face it, unless they are an empath, they really do not know how you feel. Feelings, our physical feelings, sometimes act as a body response to an event. Your body’s warning system consists of physical feelings. Because feeling are unique to you, as an individual, it is precisely why you should trust them, and not what others are saying. Maybe your feelings are layered with sixth sense and intuition that is preventing you from making ‘the right decision’ that might turn out to be a devastating incident.
As your awareness of feelings transgresses, start trying to pick up on thoughts and the tone of voice that comes up in your inner dialogue following an emotion after feeling; the voice that either comments or provides a solution to the problem at hand. Identify with that voice. Identify its patterns. When does it come out? What does it say? Who in your past or present that voice is similar to? Name it. Personify it… And start questioning it.
It sounds schizophrenic and insane, however, how will you ever know the true potential of your mind if you never truly get to know it. Personifying parts of your active and reactive system gives you a chance to look at its roots. Maybe some rules and regulations of your mind no longer serve your best and highest good. Maybe some rules need tightening up and some new boundaries need to be set, to protect you in your best interest.
The true self-awareness comes from knowing your vessel and its inhabitants: your body, your mind, its feelings and emotions.
The reason it’s important to know your mind is because your mind sets limitations to you as a human being, as a person. These limitations present themselves in form of perceptions. How you perceive things is encoded in patterns that play out in your patterned thinking, which is once again a set of conditioned responses to an event or situation.
Your mind it not you. Your thoughts are not you. Your body is not you. Your feelings are not you. Your emotions are not you either. They are all a part of you. They are a part of the whole that makes-up you as a human being, governed by your psyche. A part cannot overtake the whole. And when it tries— an imbalance occurs. Self awareness comes from knowing thyself and living a balanced life according to all parts of you, on all levels of your being in past present and the future.