“Just when I was ready to push the button and let everybody know that my product is ready, I froze and I felt like a phony.”
What was the thought saying? I asked.
“It said that other designers are much better than me and who am I to think that I can”, she said carefully. “It took me a few days to get the courage.”
I know from experience that sometimes, just when you are about to take the leap of making a dream come true, start a new relationship, or try something new in your business, a thought will come to your head and take the wind out of your sails.
What inner dialogue has so much power over our mood and confidence?
All humans have a version of this voice that whispers doubt, fear, and self-criticism, so don’t feel bad or powerless. It is commonly known as the Inner Critic.
What or who is the Inner Critic?
The Inner Critic is that relentless voice within, a harsh judge and jury that evaluates every action, decision, and aspect of our being. It’s the echo of past criticisms, societal expectations, and our insecurities.
Negative self-talk is a pervasive issue, affecting individuals from all walks of life. It takes on various forms, from subtle doubts and self-deprecating thoughts to outright harsh criticism. The danger lies not only in the words themselves but in their cumulative effect on our psyche.
What can we do about it?
Our thoughts shape our reality, and negativity can lead to a distorted perception of oneself and the world.
Connecting with our subconscious mind is a crucial step in addressing and renegotiating with the Inner Critic. This involves delving into the depths of our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs, uncovering the roots of self-doubt and criticism. Some powerful tools in this journey are guided meditation, sound healing, and stories.
Stories and sounds can touch our deepest emotions and bypass the analytical mind. They create a bridge to the subconscious, allowing us to explore and reframe our experiences. Through narrative therapy, individuals can externalize their Inner Critic, giving it a distinct identity. This separation enables a more objective view, fostering understanding and compassion for oneself.
As an artist and sound healer, I have witnessed the transformative power of the shamanic journey in guiding individuals through the labyrinth of their minds. Guided meditations specifically designed to address the Inner Critic provides a safe space for introspection.
Galitta’s Shamanic session encourages participants to visualize a dialogue with their Inner Critic, challenging its judgments and renegotiating the terms of self-talk.
What is the Shamanic Journey?
Shamanic journeying offers another profound avenue for connecting with the subconscious mind. Rooted in ancient spiritual practices, shamanic journeying involves entering a trance-like state to explore the realms of the psyche.
Within this altered state of consciousness, individuals can confront and negotiate with their Inner critic or any other subpersonality.
Shamanic journeying provides a symbolic landscape where one can visualize the Inner Critic as a separate entity, engaging in a dialogue that seeks understanding and resolution, that can transform the Inner Critic from a harsh adversary into an ally, working together towards positive self-talk and personal growth.
How Sound Healing Can Help?
Sound healing, with its resonant frequencies and vibrations, offers a unique way of quieting the mind. The soothing sounds of singing bowls, drums, or chants can create a harmonious environment that transcends negative self-talk. As the mind attunes to these sounds, it becomes a canvas for positive affirmations and healing intentions.
To overcome negative self-talk you need a holistic approach that encompasses mind, body, and spirit. Guided meditation, shamanic journeying, and sound healing are powerful tools that complement one another in this transformative process.
By engaging in these practices, individuals can peel back the layers of self-criticism and cultivate a more compassionate relationship with themselves.
Let’s Do it Right Now
I invite you to explore the depths of your mind. I like to share with you a Shamanic Journey that will help you do that. All you need is some time and a space to relax and allow yourself to travel, preferably with earphones and an open heart to connect to your inner self.
I recorded this Shamanic journey to meet your inner critic in Amsterdam and in the studio of my guitarist friend Stephan Jankowski. May this be the beginning of a new chapter, one where the Inner Critic becomes an ally in our journey toward well-being and motivation.
This shamanic Journey takes us to our subconscious mind and helps us connect with a subpersonality that creates the negative and critical thoughts that make us feel small. We need YOU to be happy to create a bigger field of peace, especially now, when it is stormy out there
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