Imagine yourself as a city, concentric rings radiating out from your core being.
Each ring is made up of thoughts, patterns of behaviour, and plans accrued through different stages of life.
Like Palmanova pictured above, they are very much layers of defence.
Renovation – make all things new
As we work at focusing on good-feeling thoughts, these rings or layers of defence are slowly dismantled and transformed.
The darkness and tension of wartime-footing is gradually overcome as we look for beautiful, wonderful things in our reality, confident that the more we embrace the good, the more good will come.
Persevere – don’t lose heart!
Remember that your core self right in the centre still has a lot of defences in place. The regime and fortifications against a world once thought to be hostile take time to release and undo.
That’s why it can sometimes be frustrating and disappointing to find negative thoughts appearing in the midst of new-found relief.
But don’t lose heart! These layers of defence do come to an end, and we dismantle them not by confronting and attacking but by finding relief and proving them unnecessary.
The inner citadel
As we get closer to the core we begin to see how these layers of defence came to be in the first place.
Right at the centre, with a young child’s natural sense of worth and appreciation, we first encountered unwanted aspects of reality and struggled to make sense of them.
We were “helped” to focus on the unwanted aspects as truth and unchangeable reality. Something had to give, and so we wavered in our sense of worth and expectation of good things.
That self-doubt turned our expectation of good into an expectation of…more of whatever was already happening. More unwanted, more doubt, more disappointment, more giving way to harsh realities.
The need for defences was born of no longer expecting good things, no longer thinking we deserve or are worthy of happiness.
That’s why learning to feel good is the answer. If we can learn to feel good despite unwanted circumstances then we rewrite that original conflict between our self-worth and “harsh realities”.
Our innate worth and goodness is not touched or tainted by unwanted circumstances. As we learn how our focus creates our reality, we learn that it is safe and sound to once again expect happiness and good things to come to us, because the promise of our own innate worth is self-evident, and we actively choose to no longer doubt it.