The hidden danger of nostalgia
Why looking back at life chapters too deeply is a recipe for anxiety and fear
Etheric cords bind us to more than just people from our past, but to the past itself. When we shine a light on that past, two things can happen:
We heal. The light phases out the dark.
We feel attached — we want to go back.
In infrequent and healthy doses, nostalgia is humbling, comforting, and empowering — ‘look how far I’ve come!’ is a powerful perspective to examine.
However, remaining stuck ON the past restricts growth IN the present.
Be careful to only reminisce, not to revert.
Glimpses at old versions offer moments of recognition that can remind us of the mountains we’ve climbed to get to here; but we can’t deviate from our wisdom accumulated via the lessons that have brought us here.
Remember, the NOW is all there is… wandering into the past (or making conjectures, assumptions, or ‘if-this-then-that’ statements about an anticipated future) takes you OUT of the now into a fictitious no-man’s land.
While peering behind your shoulder at the past is inevitable, you mustn’t ever turn around completely nor reach back, no matter how tempting.
The sooner we accept that life itself is a continuous cycle of increasingly more difficult levels of ‘Plateau-Push-Pain-Precipice-Purpose,’ the more easily we’ll be able to navigate change.
Plateaus, habitual as they feel, will never spark the shifts our soul is asking us to make once we reach the Precipice Point.
While we can choose to stay in the comfort zone if we want, as long as we want, we’ll eventually find ourselves again in routines which don’t excite us, energies that don’t challenge us, and patterns that don’t frighten us.
Feeling frightened isn’t a ‘bad’ thing but a signpost that you’ve reached a portal — now you must make a choice.
When you reach a precipse, you’ll know it. If you take it, prior versions of self — the old ego persona and all its sub-personalities — will be challenged, choked and starved.
That outdated lifestyle no longer serves you for the realization of your highest possible timeline.
It’s normal to want to maintain ties with disharmonious periods or places that remind us of ‘the good ole times’ even if we’d readily admit that those times weren’t even that good in the first place.
Yet, we still miss them.
We wish we could go back and touch the innocence…
… or live again as those less-responsible or less-conscious versions of self…
… or simply to kiss the hurting person who lived through those days of strife in solitude.
We close our eyes and we revisit those scenes once more, once again.
We realize it’s not the loneliness, confusion or depression that once dictated our days which we’re clinging onto, but simply the feeling of comfortability and familiarity — the norm, even if that norm was full of bad thoughts, hurtful people or toxic energy.
The reason the pain body does not want to let go is because it’s ADDICTED to becoming ACTIVATED. It’s formed a ‘trauma bond’ with the energy of unhappiness or discontent or whatever you felt at the time. You felt the sting of those dark emotions for so long that you don’t know how to release them and live in a new headspace entirely. You literally slept with your pain, worked through your pain, and got to know your pain so well that it’s scary to let it go. This is what I call spiritual Stockholm syndrome.
The ‘known’ of the status quo feels safer than the dark abyss of unchartered waters.
Let me lay these facts on you:
You’re not weird or wrong if a part of you wants to protect an old identity that you once would’ve given anything to heal, leave, or step out of so many times before.
As we gain more conscious light density within, we outgrow identities, personas and vibrations we once clung to so tightly.
But now it’s actually happening — now you have the choice to go on or go back. Now, this catalyst is handing you the key to open a new door.
It is scary.
But trust that the sun will rise again, and dawn-to-dusk will ensue many times after that.
Remember — you are pure consciousness; you can never be wrong, hurt or out-of-place. So go forward into the fray; take on this newest spectacle. And don’t just survive it, own it.
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