Eventually, and after many rehearsals, we begin to “write” a subjective narrative of who we believe ourselves to be and what we can expect from our lives. Much of this occurs at the subconscious level. The paradox is that our compromises often propel us to excel in narrow ways while simultaneously restricting us from accessing our creative best—an activity that is achievable by allowing the calm energy emanating from knowing ourselves as we truly are to drive us. These developing beliefs eventually evolve and refine themselves into a relatively enduring definition of ourselves and our place in the world. Depending on the degree to which individual self-expression was encouraged in our early development, our own perspectives of who we are can range from fairly accurate to almost completely false.
What early experiences do you feel have had an impact on your life?