we are not trusting our judgment.
We are triggered by others. Their anger,
1. To disagree. Only children can't. If you want to be an adult, start disagreeing!
2. To say no. In recovery we learn that:
3. We are a peer with every other adult."No is a complete sentence and we have the right to refuse without explanation." Hope For Today, p 220
4. To be treated with dignity and respect.
Using childhood methods, as an adult, sabotages our dignity. We surrender our power, giving away our personal integrity. We aren't being authentic, not letting others know what we value nor are we exercising boundaries. We devalue ourselves.
So, what is external referenting? It using a outward reference point---a referent---to determine how we feel, what we believe or how we think or see. If others are happy with us, we are happy. If we please others, we think we are successful. There is no sense of our intrinsic worth. We surrender our power and self-esteem, because we want to be liked or loved. This is giving others power over us, surrendering our individuality.
It is responding, not reacting, when in crisis. We consider our needs, not ignoring them when others are demanding we meet theirs. It may feel awkward, uncomfortable viewing life from the point of view of our needs. It was difficult when we learned the multiplication table. But we got through this challenge as children, and are the better for our efforts. Same is true with internal referenting.
Taking back our power is being true to ourselves. Authenticity. It is living congruently with what is important for us, even though others may not be happy with our choices or our differing opinion. Integrity is born when we are comfortable in our own skin. When triggered by fear or the need to please, we aren't present, aware of the needs percolating within that cry out for our attention.
"When the applause of others becomes the basis for my behavior and necessary for me to feel satisfied, then I have given them power over me." Courage to Change, p 9
1. I spoke at length with someone today. It was great connecting, even though the time was brief. I love the intimacy, honesty, and joy we share.
2. My life has more balance. I am pacing my work schedule. My soul breathes more easily because I am.
3. Going to bed earlier. That's taking care of me.
4. Cycling. I will get out on two wheels tomorrow. I sleep, feel better and am happier, when I exercise.
5. Being internally referented. I am making serious decisions. I need to be fair to me. It isn't healthy, accepting unacceptable circumstances. I don't like ignoring my needs.
6. That God has everything in control, even when it doesn't look that way. It's reassuring knowing my perspective is limited. It isn't so much that God is in my heart. More important is that I am in the heart of God, doing His will.
7. I enjoy each client I have. I learn so much from them and am inspired by the amazing progress I see in their lives as they become internally referent, true to themselves and their cherished principles.
I am tired. I will re-work this tomorrow. For now, my best for today is good enough. My bed is calling me. See you Tuesday.