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The Role of Self-Identification in Recovery

How we think and feel about ourselves is one of the most important elements of our recovery and is a crucial part of the inner work we need to do in order to heal ourselves. How we self-identify can literally make or break our recovery. If our self-identification is based on self-hatred and self-rejection, our chances of succeeding in recovery will be limited because we’ll be self-sabotaging at every turn. We’re carrying an energy of self-defeat. We’re self-deprecating not only in our thoughts and feelings but in our behaviors and choices as well. The role of self-identification is paramount to the success of our recovery.

Subconscious Self-Identification

Very often we don’t know how we identify ourselves. It’s not a conscious process we go through where we figure out how we want to identify ourselves. We usually just fall into certain ways of thinking and feeling about ourselves. Very often we default to the identities we’ve created subconsciously for ourselves out of our inner pain and trauma. This is problematic on many levels. For one, we’re not being mindful of how we’re developing ourselves. We’re not aware of how we’re mentally, emotionally, energetically and spiritually impacting ourselves. We’re manifesting everything in our lives based on the information stored in our subconscious minds, and until we’ve learned to reprogram them, our every move is being governed by them, and very often in self-destructive ways.

Pain-Informed Self-Identification

When we are thinking about forming our identities, we’re often so consumed with pain that we’re creating our identities directly from this pain – we’re telling ourselves we’re not good enough, seeing ourselves as inferior to other people, calling ourselves failures and losers. We self-identify based on our fears of inadequacy, inferiority, and unworthiness. How can we possibly hope to stay strong in our sobriety when we’re internally knocking ourselves down, harshly and relentlessly? Our addictions thrive on our self-harm. When we refuse to see our goodness and our value, when we refuse to forgive ourselves, when we resist healing, when we avoid self-awareness and emotional honesty, we’re giving our addictions more power to grow. We’re giving up on ourselves. We’re identifying ourselves as hopeless, as lost causes, as weak people destined to suffer, as addicts who won’t ever heal.

Conscious Self-Identification

At any point in time, we can turn our self-identification around to become self-loving. This requires that we make the conscious choice to value ourselves, to reprogram the limiting beliefs stored in our subconscious minds through things like repeating affirmations and practicing energy healing work, and to shed the harmful information we’ve been carrying about ourselves that tells us we’re not capable of healing ourselves.

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