Everyone in the personal growth space has something to say about story, and the way in which your stories may be running your life.
Some folks out there – like the brilliant Brené Brown – encourage us to own and claim our stories, and selectively choose who to share them with, as though they're secrets laced with sacredness.
Other institutions – like Landmark, for example – insist that our stories are ultimately illusions; binding us to a world of smallness and excuses and victimhood and unrealised potential.
(Just as a side note: I was speaking to a Landmark lad while I was in LA, and he broke out into an enthusiastic sermon on how the experience helped him 'blow his ego to smithereens.' Hhhmmm. Not my approach, that's for sure. (I'm of the belief that the ego – while being challenging at times – is divine and incredibly useful, and is lessened with love, not weapons). Nothing against Landmark, by the way. I've never been there, never done that, can't pass judgment).
As for the story spectrum, I cosily nestle myself somewhere in between the sliding scale of 'empowerment' and 'illusion.'
Our stories can point to self-actualisation, or, they can be poisonous.
This video explores this in a little more depth, and I just know that it's going to send off a lightbulb or two for you.
I also feel the need to mention that some identities can create positive addictions in our life.
Some identities, once embodied and paired with a feel-good addiction that leaves us in a state of cell-permeated blessing, may in fact point to our highest truth and expression in this lifetime.
These are all things I identify with, but more that, they're a living prayer.
Now, in the comments:
1) Is there an identity or two you're ready to unravel out of?
2) Is there anything you need to acknowledge in this moment that you're not satisfied with?
3) Who do you need to be today to re-calibrate? What positive identity can be your living prayer?
Don't forget to share this insight with your friends :) Thank you.