The first weapon I give you in this fight is REMEMBERING. It is time to remember. |
Waking up and remembering is the hardest thing you will ever do. It will take all your courage and all your commitment. But you must do it.
- Remember who you are
- Remember your past -- ALL your past
- Remember what you are really afraid of
You must do it with me if we are to live (and we have a right to live). Make no mistake, this is a war. We must be guerilla fighters - always under cover, in small groups of 2's, 3's and 4's.
Until we have remembered and become strong enough, our fight must be with ourselves and the dream we have escaped into. Before we can use the weapon of remembering in our fight to survive, we must understand why we do not remember.
Why don't we remember?
Because it is too painful.
Every experience you have had is stored somewhere in your memory banks. Along with each memory is the pain you felt during that experience. Pain does not go away just because we refuse to acknowledge that we feel it. All it does is to go out of our awareness. If you resist your feelings, you will not be able to remember.
|So, our second weapon is ACCEPTANCE OF OUR FEELINGS.|
We must come to know and understand our feelings if we are to accept them. First we must overcome our fear of them. To do that we must learn their purpose, how they function, and their value. When we understand our feelings, they become our great ally - our help and our salvation. I do not say this lightly. Our emotions are our greatest strength - now in our fight to survive - and always - if we understand them.
Because their purpose is to tell us the truth about ourselves: when we love, when we are hurt, when we are angry and when we are afraid. How can we live well if we do not have this knowledge of ourselves to guide us? How can we live sanely and lovingly if we do not let ourselves know how we feel?
In order to learn to accept our feelings, we must look at some of the beliefs we have about them. We are afraid of our feelings because we are told many lies about them. Our beliefs make us afraid of what we feel.
The third weapon in our fight to survive is CHANGING OUR BELIEFS.
We all have a set of beliefs that are a major part of us and have been with us from our first experiences. Beliefs are not a part of our consciousness, but have a life below the surface in our unconscious mind. We are never free of our beliefs and we create our lives based on what we believe. Our Belief System is created by those closest to us, by our experiences and by the beliefs that are held by the world and its institutions. Changing these beliefs will be a part of our fight to survive, because most of our beliefs are lies and they cripple us. Mistaken beliefs keep us from being who we truly are.
How do we begin the process of changing our beliefs? We can begin by looking at our decisions.