Guilty pleasure anyone?

One of the steps on the longer journey of The Unleashed Soul involves journaling about your positive aspects and some people find that they feel guilty when writing these down. It just feels wrong somehow.

Guilt is the work of your super-ego, or inner critic. The force within you that keeps you small, that stops you stepping out of your comfort zone and in many cases prevents you from feeling the joy of being alive.

We all know (and have probably experienced) the phrase ‘guilty pleasures’ when describing something we enjoy but don’t want to admit to, and many of us are reluctant to ‘blow our own trumpet’ when asked to talk about our strengths or positive qualities.

But as well as giving us a hard time when we cave in and eat the ice cream, or causing us to shrug off a compliment, this critical part of our psyche keeps us fearful so that we stay in our comfort zone, and we run the risk of living a life that is less than the one we are capable of.

I was going to write more about this, but I doubt I could capture what I want to say as well as this poem by Marianne Williamson does.

I hope it silences your super-ego, at least for a while.



Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?”

Actually, who are you not to be?

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people

won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine as children do.

It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone.

And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously

give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,

our presence automatically liberates others.

By Marianne Williamson

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