Brace yourself. This story might change your whole way of thinking. It certainly was a powerful insight for me.
Once, there was a village. It was a happy, prosperous, and peaceful place. (You and me, in our natural state.) Unbeknownst to the populace, there was also an invader, eying them from afar. The invader wanted to conquer, but the village had sturdy walls. (Personal boundaries. Faith. Positive attitudes.) How best to get inside those walls? A full frontal attack would not be successful–the villagers would see the army coming and be prepared. With their boundaries, faith and positivity, they would fend off any attack without breaking a sweat.
What to do, what to do.
The invader decided to send in spies–innocuous beings, friendly and sympathetic, disguised as just another villager. The spies are thoughts–seemingly innocent. “Nothing that good could ever happen to you,” they whisper, always appearing to have your best interests at heart, of course. “Don’t even try. You’ll only get hurt.” Such caring! This thought seems to really be on your side.
There are, of course, two possible endings to this story. In the first and worst, the spies succeed. The invader doesn’t even have to show up–he can just phone in his victory. The spies take over for him, and that’s the end of it. The villagers, heretofore so happy, are easily enslaved, because they believe the lies. On the other hand, the villagers could wise up, and we would have a very different ending. They could say, “Hey. My dreams are important. They’re my mission and my whole purpose for putting on this body and venturing into the physical world in the first place. Furthermore, they are possible, and I’m going to defend them.”
Are you listening to spy-lies?
Send those sneaky little buggers packing, right now, today!
How? By recognizing them for what they are. The key is intention. Is this thought offering wise counsel? Caution, perhaps? Or is it simply negative, out to undermine your self esteem?
Don’t let them do it. Don’t let them take your village. It is rightfully YOURS.