A Self-Image Thief

Nothing Has the Power to Define You

A Self-Image Thief  You Run Into Every Day:


Some cultures believe that the mirror actually robs the soul of its authentic view of self.


After the double mastectomy, I covered my mirrors for one week. I wanted to give myself time to ground my perception of me in God before having any distraction that may cause me to forget who I truly am. I remember the moment those sheets came down. I stood before myself as I surveyed the amputation. I stood bald and breastless, unable to connect to the former physi­cal appearance I had once labeled “me”. As my son said, I looked like someone from Star Wars.


In the midst of the removal of my physical appearance, I was given the opportunity to see me once again. In an instant, I realized two truths that flowed from the French mystic priest, Teilhard de Chardin: “I’m acutely aware of my own mortality. So what do you do with that awareness? Love others, love yourself. Have a relationship with God.” Along with: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human expe­rience.”


As you remember that you are a spiritual being having a physical experience, you reconnect yourself with aspects of you that are not defined by the outer world. You begin to feel an anchor within that protects you from rising and falling depending on how the world judges you in the moment. You resurrect your confidence to live you out in the world, and you become fearless.


Part of the experience of remembering who you are, is knowing what you are not. You are not your physical appearance, past pain, traumas, opinions or the outcomes of situations around you. True inner peace emerges within you when your soul remembers that it has already made it because of its connection to God.


False beliefs are another self-image thief. Your subconscious will continue to replay programs from your past, most of which are formed from the time you are born up to six years old. Many of these programs are not representative of who you truly are rather they come from false beliefs about you and past pain. They make up around 95 percent of your responses to the world around you. Isn’t that amazing? The majority of your responses to the world flow from these holographs from your past that are the result of you giving power away to someone or some event, and you forget who you truly are.


Simply imagining what your life would be like without some of these false beliefs is enough to put you in the vibration of a new thought pattern. An unknown author once asked, “What would your life be like if you knew you could not fail?” What if you believed that you could handle any situation before you and that you would always be okay and safe? Imagine being able to talk to anyone, share your truth in front of any group and ask for what you want in life without any fear, doubt or worry? What would that look like for you? Again, when you fill your wonderings with positive possibilities your brain will tune into those things in your daily life. Humility is a portal through which you pass remembering all that you value most in life. When you remain small in life, humbly grateful for each breath, you are able to connect to all that is larger than life!


Self-image check: Remember what you are NOT, then focus on what you ARE and always have been. You simply forgot because of the past pain and false beliefs. Whatever is forgotten in life has the potential to be remembered. Knowing what, in life, moves you to tears is a good road to travel on when it comes to the experience of remem­bering you.


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2 Responses to “A Self-Image Thief

  • Jeffrey C. Fischer
    1 year ago

    Lauren, God Bless You!

    This is a wonderful column and I am going to pass it on to so many in my network who are currently battling the Big C and are fighting what they were “in their minds” and not what they “always have been and more.”

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