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Your Inner Critic Wants a Good Spring Cleaning

04/20/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

"Whatever derogatory things you are saying to yourself: Stop it." This is a quote from Jane Roberts, the author of the Seth Material during the 1970s and 80s. It bears repeating as we approach fresh spring plans. One of the most damaging things we do to ourselves spiritually and energetically is continue to let our inner nagger of all-the-things-we-are-failing-to-do-well-enough talk to us in this way.

Energetically, this is similar to having a constant, low level allergy. One way to see this is to picture the various parts of yourself as vibrating energy, the sum of which is your symphony that you play. We can have great plans for getting healthier and happier, only to be blocked by that part of ourselves that doesn't think we are good enough. If we have mixed inner messages, we will get mixed results. If you have inner conflicts, you will get conflicting results.

Yet another way to view this is to think about people in our own lives. We all someone who has more creativity, more ability, or more drive than they ever exhibit to rest of us. We beg them to realize how talented they are and it never seems to make much of a dent. Somewhere inside of them their inner-mean voice is playing the tune of: You are not good enough.

One of the best ways to re-tune this damaging inner voice to actually talk to it. Have a conversation with it and you might find out some very interesting things about it and about you. I recommend writing down what you get from this exercise. You don't have to believe what your critic is saying, but sometimes it is helpful to just listen to it for a bit to get an idea of how many things it says to you for so much of the day. This is also helpful because by talking to it, you can more keenly sense that it is just a part of you, just one small part and not the whole of you. It just talks loudly, that is why it seems so prevalent.

From this you can do many things. You can ask it why it is so negative. Ask it if it is willing to say more helpful things. You can ask it to sing a different tune. Give it new lyrics such as: I am fine. I am doing great. I am now a self-assured person. I like being me. Finding out how to get the critic's voice quieted and replaced can make a big difference in not only how you feel, but also what happens in your life.