Spiritual seeking without the fluff.
I've recently heard this described as a split between "self 1" and "self 2"; one is positive and the other negative by nature - I forget which is which, but I don't think it really matters!The idea is the positive (self 1) is always at war with the negative (self 2). One is always trying to achieve our goals, the other is always trying to tell us we can't do them. It's too hard. Give up. Shut up (no one likes you) etc.What I love about what you've said here is the negative voice isn't necessarily a BAD THING. He protects us - he's our inner animal, our survival mechanism. "Don't touch that". "Don't over spread yourself - you'll crack." "You can't do it". He's on our side, but he also has NO VISION beyond the immediate. That's brilliant - that lets us say "thanks there - good job".It's like when your dog barks because she sees someone outside - you praise her and tell her "good job" - but that it's OK. She soon shuts up.Having 3 kids I can also see how dominant this voice is in small kids.Of course there's one important fact I've learnt in the last year that our negative survival voice doesn't understand. The only limits we have on our achievement is the limits we set ourself. With vision, a plan of how to get there and action (hard fricking work) we can achieve anything.
Damn right. Well said, Tim.