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Perception and Perspective
By Karen L. Garvey & her guides 

Your opinion of me is not as important as my opinion of me.

A basic need is to feel we belong. Whether it’s belonging to a family, a religion, a company, or a neighborhood, we want to feel as though we are accepted. It gives us a sense of worth when others welcome us into a group. In our younger years, this need may prevent us from aligning with our unique essence. We may forego our individuality to gain approval. Slowly, we may forget what we really like and what our particular uniqueness is. Further, we may succumb to others’ criticism, forgoing our feeling of worthiness.

We aren’t here to play it safe.

The limitlessness with which we are born can be analogous to the power of our brain, where an overwhelming percentage of its potency is not realized. Attempts to appreciate what we’re capable of are thwarted as we listen to and absorb the fears around us. As we journey in the earth realm, we are so bombarded by false ideas that we may lose our intuitive attunement to what we truly know inside. 
This tendency becomes apparent when you consider that the vast majority of people live within a “safe” realm of experience, neither too high nor too risky. The desire to belong often prevents people from blazing new trails, trying new things, and venturing beyond their comfort zones.

Managing life is not enough.

Responding to the triggers of wanting to be accepted and wanting to feel safe are not the sources of fuel that will get us to our best places. We can start to tap into our power by deciding that others’ fears and others’ opinions are theirs and not yours. You can choose to LOVE YOURSELF despite what other people relay as worthy, and you can choose to ACT FEARLESSLY despite the onslaught of commentary about how unsafe this world is.

Become aware of your perception and then change your perspective.

It will take diligent focus to change your fuel source from fear to one of personal power. You needn’t change everything at once; you can take small steps toward this goal.  

When you feel disempowered, ask yourself “why?” What is the trigger? What is your perception? Do you not feel good enough? Strong enough? Smart enough? Safe enough? Realize that the sensation of disempowerment is a reaction to false data, because you ARE good enough, strong enough, smart enough, and safe enough. You have this un(der)-tapped reservoir of ability and strength in you that has propelled you through some tough times already. Now you don’t need that strength to only help you manage life; you can use it to help you dissolve limiting criticism, fears, or opinions. Know that you have done extraordinary things before so you are capable of doing extraordinary things again.  

Your perception is what triggered the fear. Now change your perspective to empower your inner knowledge.  

Know, also, that the world is going to support you in your newly remembered power by showing you validation every time you tap into it, and by showing you signs and messages that you are heading towards something wonderful. The first step may seem like a lonely step when you take action against others’ assessment of risk or criticism but, very quickly, you will discover that you are not alone as the universe cheers in celebrations of your power.

Imagine if everyone did what they COULD do and let go of doubt and fear. It would be a colorful, harmonious, beautiful world. You hold the key to that realization in your own life by changing your perception of not being enough into your remembrance of your greatness – an accurate perspective of truth.

Shine on!

If you would like guidance to help you discover your harmonious path, contact Karen for personal or professional coaching.  Intuitive coaching allows you to discover shortcuts from where you are to where you want to be by attuning to information that can eliminate barriers and enhance success openings.  An investment in your happiness today pays for itself through prosperity, love, and peacefulness.