The Race Belief Monkey Is On My Back!
Posted by Gaye Abbott
Ignoring the Race-Belief Monkey
The single thing that blocks the path to success is the monkey-on-your-shoulder. This is the Race-Belief Monkey: the workings of your rational mind.
The Race-Belief Monkey is the part of your conscious mind that jabbers away incessantly. He’s the one that is responsible for all the times you feel like a victim, instead of the wonderful being that you are. He revels in making badges that say: “I’m a victim of life and I’m proud of it!”
You’ll recognize the Race-Belief Monkey if you’ve ever thought any of these sorts of things:
“I can’t do that, it looks far too dangerous. Don’t eat that, it will make you fat. That’s never going to work. I’m not good enough. My bum’s too big. I hate myself. I wish I was somewhere else. I wish life wasn’t so hard. How come everyone else makes money when I can’t? What’s the use? I hate my boss. How could she leave me? I’m rubbish at this. I wish I was as good looking as that. I wish I was someone else. Life’s not fair! I wish that dessert was mine. I’m no good in bed. I wish I was thinner. I can’t pay my bills. I’m a failure! I’m an idiot! I’m a moron!”
Any of those phrases sound familiar? If so, you know the monkey I’m talking about.
The Race-Belief Monkey is not going to go away, but to follow your Divine Path you must train yourself to ignore him. You must learn how to take off those “I’m a Victim!” badges and throw them away – each and every day. You must stop yourself in mid-thought and say: “I’m not listening to you” or “I remember who I am.” This keeps the monkey at arms-length.
The monkey will find all kinds of rational excuses for you not to follow your Divine Path. He will tell you things like: “That will never work!” or: “Only a fool would believe life can be so simple!” He’ll give you lots of examples from your past life when things didn’t go well in order to put you off. And he will predict all sorts of possible failures in the future. He’ll do all this in order to stop you from following your Divine Path.
Why does the Race-Belief Monkey want you not to follow your Divine Path? Because he wants you to be the same as everyone else. He wants you to stay inside the Conformity Funnel of “This is how the world is and this is your place in it!” The last thing he wants is for you to stick out from the crowd.
You’ll know when you are listening to the Race-Belief Monkey rather than following your Divine Design, because everything he says to you creates fear, doubt and apprehension in your mind and body.
Fear and doubt block you from your Divine Path. They are the circuit-breakers of your seamless electrical system, creating an interference pattern between you and your reception of the radio-waves of the Great Game of Life. That is why you must choose love over fear. Love tunes you back into the radio-waves of the Divine Design, the station of success.
The single most important question to ask yourself is: “Am I acting from fear or love?” (You can use the word faith here, if you prefer). Ask this question, each and every moment of the day. If the answer is that you are acting from fear, simply re-direct yourself back onto the path that makes you feel good!
Though The Brit is on vacation this week,and the post above is one that is contained within the book Divine Wealth, it was absolutely perfectly timed for me!
You see, like many at this time, I am going through a major life shift where I am leaving a profession that I have been in off and on for over 30 years -conventional medicine – and seeking livelihood that is in alignment with my heart, soul and values. Even when I had my own business in yoga therapy, massage and energy work I would rely on this profession as a “backup plan” – a safety net if you will. There is nothing wrong with that – but I now recognize that it has kept me from fully embodying the purpose, creativity and wisdom that I have to share.
In addition, I know that it is time to relocate to a new outside “home” that vibrates with “soul” , that embraces me in constant possibility and opportunity , that wakes me up, or perhaps shakes me up, to step into the innate embodiment of wealth in all of its forms. I might add here – with confidence!
For over a year now I have been attempting to extricate myself from a “job” that does not align with my beliefs or values. At the beginning of this year it was clear that I had no more time to waste. Giving my “unofficial notice” at work I declared that I would be leaving by the end of May, with no certain means of income in mind. I would leave the safety mindset of a “paycheck”, “benefits” and a job that I am proficient at. Now the journey really fires up!
At the core of this journey is the one thing that has me traveling in and out of fear, which sometimes amps itself up into terror! That is the financial piece. The money part of wealth. Now there is an immense amount of information that is out there on creating money, investing money, how to make money, belief systems on money, and on and on and on. Let me tell you that I have read and worked with most of them already.
But, this doesn’t mean that when the rubber hits the road that there isn’t a huge amount of discomfort that shows up. It is the real life, in the moment, application of confronting what The Brit calls the Race Belief Monkey – who is often directly on your shoulder shouting in your ear!
This week I have been having a rather difficult time back on the “job” after a week off in which I fully felt and embodied the freedom of being in creative mind and having the time to linger there. I personally really needed the Race-Belief Monkey piece because my mind has been very busy creating scenarios like “what are you thinking -at your age?!!” “you are going to quit your job and not know right now that there is a back up plan!” “You must be delusional, crazy or both.” etc etc etc…..and yes I have been applying what The Brit writes above, and giving my fear a warm embrace often which softens it incredibly. Monkeys love hugs too!
In a staff meeting recently the manager brought up my leaving in May just in the course of what she was talking about. I felt myself feel the elation of knowing that I am leaving, the disorientation around not knowing what is going to unfold in the next 3 months, and of course my often present companion these days – fear. I do see all of it as a catalyst and a vivid reminder that I am on the right path, but that bodily feeling of impending “death” often takes me for a ride.
The remedy I found for comfort in the moment, and to keep me taking action on this path without doubting my sanity, was to extend the practice of loving kindness towards myself. I would become the source of these feelings beyond any judgments that may arise. Embracing in my own heart the feelings of self love, acceptance and kindness. This field of loving kindness is limitless and when I hold and cradle it in my own heart it then can extend to others…and into this journey that has me teetering on the edge of the cliff.
May I be safe and protected and free from inner and outer harm
May I be happy and contented
May I be healthy and whole to whatever degree possible
May I experience ease of well being…
Stay tuned for The Brit and American dialog next week as the Divine Wealth journey continues….
The Soul of Money, by Lynn Twist
About Gaye AbbottNATURAL PASSAGES CONSULTING Inspiring New Possibilities, Living From the Heart of Life While Co-creating Well Being of Body, Being, Heart and Planet….One Breath At A Time. Gaye Abbott, is a wild and free soul who just so happens to LOVE writing, playing with energy, ecstatic dance and free form movement, living and breathing in nature, her 3 sons and 3 grandchildren, communing with friends and global community, organic food and cooking, small and simple spaces to live within, a lack of material possessions....and laughter every single day! As a wise elder of 69 years she feels decades younger....and acts it too! Devoted to being of service to the Earth and all living beings Gaye seeks the peace of mind and openness of heart that provides the foundation for effective action in the world and her community. http://www.GayeAbbott.net OTHER BLOGS BY GAYE ABBOTT: www.WildlyFreeWoman.com www.BreathingSpaces.net www.LifeAtWolfCreek.com Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath Preview, Reviews and purchase links can be found here: http://gayeabbott.net/books/
Posted on February 23, 2011, in Divine Design, Game of Life, Race Belief Monkey and tagged Acting from fear or love?, Divine Design, Divine Path, Divine Wealth, Divine Wealth Journal, Gaye Abbott, life transitions, Livelihood in alignment with values and heart, Lynn Twist, Playing the Game of Life, Practice of Loving Kindness, Race Belief Monkey, Richard Cawte, The Soul of Money, Wealth. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.