The Stuff You Inherit
The body stores emotions and traumas. We hold onto things that were never ours to begin with. We hold things for others. And we store it all in our bodies.
Expectations, fears, and doubts that we inherited and absorbed from others.
We take these things into our system from the time we are born. They live in us. Their energy becomes part of the fabric of our being.
Nobody asked permission to store their fears in my nervous system. Nobody asked if I would take on the responsibility of meeting their expectations and fulfilling their desires.
Some of that happened by default. Other of it I willingly assumed.
This Is Not Mind Work
It’s tempting to get caught up in the search for what they are and how they got there, to seek the rational, logical way to release them.
You might believe that the only way to let go is through doing something: mostly talking about it. Analysis. Therapy. Coaching. Digging deep to examine and investigate.
All of these have their place, but these modalities are limited in their usefulness to unlock what binds you.
Letting go is not the work of the mind.
The mind can release only what it is consciously aware of, which is very little of what you are holding.
Your body is holding this, and your body must release it. All the therapy or coaching in the world won’t help you if you don’t make a change on the physical level.
The body must release it.
The Process of Release
Releasing is not something you do.
It is an undoing.
An unraveling. Unwinding. Unleashing. Unlocking. Unmasking. Shedding. Stripping. Peeling back.
This is a process of unbecoming, so you can step into all you are becoming and all you have always been.
This is the work of the body. This is the work of movement, of ritual and ceremony. Practices that transform and alchemize energy.
What is the heaviest thing you are carrying? What would life feel like if you let it go?
Let it go. It was never yours to begin with.