I recently read this story.
“Are you familiar with Gurdjieff?” Asked a friend. “He was a spiritual teacher around the turn of the century, and one day, he posed a question to his students – “If a prisoner wants to escape from prison, what’s the first thing he needs to know?”
You need to know the guard, one student said. You need to find the key’s, said another.
“No”, Gurdjieff said, “The first thing that you need to know if you want to escape from prison is that you are in prison. Until you know that, no escape is possible.”
If you want to live a healthy, full life – if you want to be free – you must understand, first, why you are not free, what keeps you from being free, from being truly healthy – inside & out. A prison doesn’t have to be a physical place; it can be anything your mind creates. So I pose the question, “What has taken ahold of you?”
It’s easy to let past hurts, words, wounds take a hold of us. It’s easier to turn to food (emotional/stress eating), then deal with what’s going on in the inside of us. What eventually happens, the inside junk starts to be seen on the outside. From various health issues, weight gain, weight loss, eating disorders, hormonal and so on.
It’s hard work. Really hard work. We unconsciously imprison ourselves to avoid our most primal fears. Our prison is constructed from a lifetime of choices, that we’ve unwittingly agreed to, the walls that alienate us from our truest selves, most authentic selves.
The good news!! Just as you create your prison, you can set yourself free. I have to say, this is one of my most rewarding, favorite parts of my job. When I see a client, have that break through moment, the moments, where they start to set themselves free and make those changes, that makes them healthy on all levels. To see them step into their truest selves. Only you can set yourself free! It’s really hard work. But it’s one of the most important things you can do for yourself!
So what has taken ahold of you? What next steps do you need to take to set yourself free?