Your Illusions

January 19th, 2015

illusionSome of your illusions seeped into you before you learned to talk. Others sneaked into you later, while you were busy figuring out how to become yourself. Eventually, you even made conscious choices to adopt certain illusions because they provided you with comfort and consolation.

There’s no need to be ashamed of this. It’s a natural part of being a human being.

Now here’s the good news: You have the power to shed at least some of your illusions in ways that don’t shatter your foundations.

To begin the process, declare this intention at noon every Sunday for the next six months: “I am calling on all the power I have at my disposal, both conscious and unconscious, to dissolve my illusions.”

I don’t know the source of this quote, but I found it very powerful. Our illusions are also our self-concepts.  We might see ourselves as broken, ugly, unlovable, irredeemable. We came to believe these things about ourselves for good reasons – our experiences with others and in the world contribute to it. Some of our illusions about ourselves are less then helpful, but as this wise soul tells us, there is hope.

While you might not want to do the exercise suggested, there are other ways to shed illusions.  Meditation, yoga, challenging yourself to do things you think you are uncouple of… And of course, therapy. If you’re challenged by some of your illusions, I encourage you to consider ways to help yourself find more self-love by exploring ways of  letting some of these illusions go.

If you are looking for a therapist to help you shed some of your illusions, contact Mike Giordano, LICSW at or 202-460-6384.

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