The Power of Myths...to Wreak Havoc

Plus a practice to break free

Freedom lies in breaking things. Can you feel it?

Burst of light breaking through chain

Myths – lore passed from one generation to the next. Maybe they guide you or bind you or give you identity and help you feel connected to your heritage. Myths are stories that sometimes turn into beliefs. Beliefs are agreements, implied or intentional.

There’s nothing wrong with myths or stories. The problem comes when myths are invisible, when you don’t realize how they show up in choices and thinking. When you’re not watching, myths can limit what’s possible and restrict choices.

It often takes breaking myths to write new stories.

Growth is all about writing new stories for today to take you on new paths to new outcomes. It’s common to think growth is all about learning more, doing more, adding to what’s present now.

Unlearning is essential for growth. Busting myths is central to unlearning.

Separating from what was, what you know, what you’ve always done or believed may not be easy, but the payoff are sooo worth it. If breaking things triggers guilt or shame or represents failure, that’s a myth to break too. You can totally do this, step-by-step. 

Find encouragement in the flipside – like breaking through to new ideas, breaking out of patterns, and breaking down barriers and constraints. The alternative to not breaking things is carrying all the beliefs you’ve held in life as you try to grow. That is one gigantic load to haul that holds you back.

Even if you hadn’t realized, you’ve been breaking things your whole life. So, you got this!

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Practice Growing:

This practice teaches you how to break things! It helps you grow your myth busting muscles. Use it (repeatedly) to break thinking and habits that don’t serve and begin forging a new approach. Break unintended agreements for greater integrity and alignment. Break out of ingrained beliefs to expanded possibilities.

Follow the instructions and use the images and statements to break into new territory of growth and understanding.

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What you need: 15 or more minutes of uninterrupted time, paper and a pen. [Yes, your brain process differently with the mechanics of hand writing, and written reflection sticks better than thought-based reflection only. Don’t worry, nobody is reading your work.]

Step 1: Under each image below, read deliberately through the matching statement. When a statement standouts, quickly jot the name of the image on your page. Don’t hesitate. You’re reacting only, not thinking.

Step 2: Now look at the list on your page. One by one, revisit each statement and image you noted. Use the prompts below to explore how the statement applies to you personally. Try to stay open, using deep breaths and release your judgements. Remember, the first golden rule of infinite growth is acceptance. Keep the subject matter solely within the domain of yourself (golden rule of sovereignty) and don’t start imagining another person’s ‘needed’ change.

Prompts for exploring:

  • Identify what binds you now that you wish to break.
  • What space and potential could show-up if you break something?
  • What would be different? How could it be uncomfortable? Or comfortable? 
  • Expand the prompts and repeat the practice however it works for you.

It can be hard to dislodge things that seem to be part of you for years or decades, yet it is the dislodging that allows new flow.

Being afraid to break things in natural. So is breaking them. 

What needs breaking in your world?

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What will you break in your life for more freedom?

Broken Eggs

We break things to use what’s inside for new creations

Breaking ground at construction site

We break things so we can build up from a stronger foundation

Wave breaking

We break things to interrupt patterns and create new momentum

Plant sprouting through earth

We break things so new growth can emerge

Burst of light breaking through chain

We break things to release burden and create freedom

Taking a coffee break - clock and mug

We break things to escape the frenzy and busyness to relax and reset

Broken Coconut

We break things to discover nourishment waiting for us

Broken Glass Pane

We break things to let the light shine through

Insides of a camera

We break things to understand how the inside works

Multi-color mosaic

We break things to reset the pieces with more beauty and intention

Hole in Wall

We break things to get to the other side

Sunset

We break things to rest, refresh and restart