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  • May 2018
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Trust: Let it begin with me

“Self-trust is the first secret of success.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson


Take a moment and notice what just happened in your mind and body when you read the word trust. Loaded and layered, right?! It might have opened up Pandora’s proverbial box of issues and triggers around trusting self; your body, your decisions, your feelings! And then there’s always the broader trust: your boss, your partner, the government. As most things that hold the potential for great transformation in how you experience life, it begins within.

Breathe! Gabrielle Bernstein, a world-renowned author and speaker, assures you that you are not alone in this. “You are always being guided. Even when it doesn’t feel like it.” By the way, it’s OK to ask for guidance along the way. Key elements in building trust within yourself include, but are not limited to: nourishing hope; working on forgiveness of self and others; remembering trust is to be earned, not lightly given away; being still and listening to the quiet whisper of your wisdom; strengthening your intuition.

Everyone has intuition and it is a powerful guidance system. And remember, building trust is a growth process. It does not and cannot happen overnight. Be patient and gentle during this step-by-step development. Thich Nhat Hanh writes, “Peace is every step.” Trust is as well. Here is a beautiful exercise, from the University of Minnesota, on strengthening your intuition:

Focus your love.

  • Find a spot to sit comfortably.
  • Identify something you really love to do or a place that you love.
  • Using your imagination, allow what you identified to “fall into” your heart area and nest there for the duration of the exercise.
  • Inhale on the count of one and exhale on the count of two; however, imagine that it is your heart that is breathing.
  • Allow your “heart breath” to caress your thoughts as it moves in, through and around the nest.
  • After five minutes of caressing the thing or place you love, invite your thoughts to return to your head area.
  • Focus on your breathing heart.
  • Use your intuitive senses to know what gift of understanding has been left or been born in the nest.
  • If nothing is there, let it go for the moment.

Fill your love tank, possibly never quite full enough, with self-love. With the absence of self-love our inner guidance system is clouded by a veil of misperception due to looking for our answers and love outside of ourselves rather than inside. This requires a willingness to be open to compassion. Dr. Wayne Dwyer said, “The practice of compassion is something we have to try on, see how we fit in us.”

“Compassion is, by nature, peaceful and gentle, but it also very powerful. It is the true sign of inner strength.” —The Dalai Lama

Beginning to trust in yourself, inside at your core, leads to it overflowing and covering the world like a comforting, healing blanket. Let it begin!

Christa Chantelois, BSN, MAC

Christa Chantelois, BSN, MAC is the founder of Wisdom Within Healing LLC. You can contact her at [email protected] or call 920 540-3671. 

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