When we are connected to our original potential we experience more energy, passion, productivity, and creativity.
Our original potential is that part of us that was present at birth before circumstances, conditioning and the influence of early programmers began to influence our sense of self. Early programming is the result of data input from those in authority-parents, teachers, media etc. Later, as adults, we continue to be vulnerable to suggestion, especially during times of high stress.
Yet, we each have stored within us amazing capacities and talents; we each have a natural inclination to be well and do well. Our original potential is the highest part of our being. We began this life with an ability to move naturally and freely into this potential.
So, what on earth happened to this magnificent part of us?
Shame/blame and social conditioning play havoc with potential. This begins at an early age when the individual takes on a self-image. Most people spend their lives half alive with the best parts of themselves having been put on the back burner. (You will learn more about social programming in the educational series.) As we grow older our primitive mind naturally deletes and distorts data that is not congruent with the adopted self-image.
The fact is that most people struggle to reconnect with their original potential.
This disconnection is the reason we see so much pain and suffering in our society. As a species we have learned to deal with the disconnection by taking on anxiety, anger, stress, depression and addiction responses. And, the poor state of our relationships and our health can be directly linked back to our lack of connection to who we truly are, what we deeply want, and what we are really capable of.
It is important to remember that our original potential never leaves us. It remains and is waiting to be recovered. Expressions of anxiety, depression, addictions, anger issues, and even insomnia are indications that we have strayed away from what is possible for us.
Terri Lee Cooper MSc. RSW