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Spiritual Guidance: Shedding Your Stories

Maggie Kelly

Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Envision we are meeting for spiritual guidance and I'm walking you through the next exercise.

I’d like you to think of a story that you usually share with someone you know about your life, your upbringing, something that may have happened to you as a child, a wound you carry around with you, a drama or trauma you’ve experienced in the past. 

Whatever pops into your head first is the story I’m referring to and want to talk about in this Blog. 

Think about how many people you’ve told this same story to over the years. Your friends, a colleague, a lover, your therapist, your co-workers. How many times have you repeated this story in great detail?

Letting Go

We all have trauma or old wounds from our past. It’s part of what has made us who we are today. But sometimes, we hold on to the stories from the past and can’t see how they’ve actually defined who we think we are even today. 

Sometimes, we hold on to these stories for decades and even lifetimes. 

But none of your stories are true! They are just scripts you’ve created based around something that happened to you in the past. 

What if you shed your stories? But you might be asking yourself why would you want to if they’ve defined who you are up to this point?

Aren’t you tired of hearing yourself tell the same stories? Don’t you want to create a life of meaning and purpose that comes from the future instead of the past?

THE best reason to shed your stories, like a snake sheds its skin, is because you can never heal yourself within your story. 

Throwing Out the Script

Your stories are not your life, because they keep you living in the past, stuck in a scripted role of misunderstood son, unappreciated artist, abandoned little girl, victim of chronic illness. 

When you gradually shed your identification you will find that you are so much larger than your stories, and you have so much to discover about your potential. 

When we shed negative, unoriginal stories, we can actually begin to love and accept the people in our stories as they are. We stop wishing our past had been different, obsessing over how things would have turned out if only Mom and Dad had been the parents we wanted them to be. We appreciate the gifts they were able to give us instead of focusing on those they didn’t.

Consider that when we reframe our old stories, our new, more positive story about an absent father may actually then become the tale of a child who learned the value of independence. And sometimes reframing takes help and spiritual guidance. That's ok!

We can discard the old story about how our siblings are judgmental and cruel and script a new one about how they taught us that when you ARE judgmental, you end up causing yourself and others pain and misery. 

If we wrote stories like these for our lives, we could do away with most psychotherapy. In many ways, therapy serves to re-traumatize us in the retelling of our stories over and over again sometimes for years. 

Living From the Future

The key to living from the future instead of from our scripts from the past is to recognize the stories we tell ourselves about who we are. You might be completely unaware of how deeply you believe in these tales. You might even get defensive and insist you have a right to hold onto your truth - that you’ve been victimized, misunderstood, abused, abandoned, betrayed, and so on. 

And I am not minimizing the possible deep trauma and/or abuse you may have experienced here at all.

But if you’re able to let go of your old tired narrative and your limited definitions of yourself, you can literally change the trajectory of your life, reinvent yourself, and fashion a much more empowering journey for yourself, your family, and the human race as a whole. 

If you are ready to shed some of your old stories from the past, consider joining us for our upcoming powerful, life-altering Fire Ceremony. In the ceremony, you will be given “soulwork” to examine some of your old stories and then bring them to be released in the fire. 

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If you think you’d like more personalized spiritual guidance to navigate some of your past stories and begin to create your life from the future as opposed to the past, join me for spiritual or life coaching

Are you ready to let go of your preconceived notions of yourself and your future?

Are you ready to empower yourself to take action to live an awakened life of passion, meaning and purpose?
One of the most powerful aspects setting coaching apart from traditional therapy is your generative involvement in your own transformation. In collaboration with Maggie Kelly, you will be supported in creating a personalized Action Plan and held accountable for its fulfillment. Your commitment and consistency are key to your progress throughout this life-altering journey.
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