Highclear Castle, the scene for Downton Abbey - an imanse building of 60-80 bedrooms, a place that we can only visit in the films, and yet is has been at it's current location for decades. I photographed it when we attended a county fare in 2017. The castle and it's acres and acres of fields and gardens invites us to step into it's magic, wanting us to go and explore.
Stepping into a place as grandious as a castle can be daunting, can be intimidating, can be unbelievable. One wonders how can such a building be constructed and how is it that continues to stand the test of time. In a similar way when we look inward into our selves, we discover that much of who we are is still magical and unknown. Much of our existance has been constructed without our conscious awareness. We have been exposed to information from so many sources throughout our lifetime, that much of who we were at birth is no more. The blueprint of you, the person who was born at a particular time, in a particular place exists under the many many layers of data picked up once you joined the hman family. Our "self" is constructed by absrobing information from around us. Many humans forget that the brain is a perfect recording device, encoding and decoding millions of bits of data every minute of every day, and as any good computer would, it stores the information in the hope that someday, somehow that piece of information will be useful. But of course in order to store data in the consicous memory, it then demotes information to the furthest recesses of our mind, making us forget that essential information that we just had on the tip of our tongues. And just like stepping into a castle with so many rooms, so too we have toenter in our own minds and re-discover the information tat is relevant and erase or over write that which is no longer useful. When was the last time you did a spring clean of your mind? You know pull out the files, look through them, ditch that which is irrelevant, keep that which is useful, and put some in the maybe pile. And of course with each moment in our lives more data is added, and yet as humans we forget to spring clean.
For some people stepping into the mind and poke about does not feel safe, as those memories remain too active, too raw, too much to handle, and of course when we are worried about safety our mind and body will do everything to protect us. But what if through the protective behaviours, and ways of thinking; the mind and the body is actually doing more damage? What if by not sleeping for days, maybe you impair your ability to think, which leads to perhaps not being alert enough when driving? Which can lead to other issues? We are trying to protect our mind, for fear of loosing who we are, we try to protect our very being for fear of a greater damage, and that is what creates even more barriers to expressing our own true selves, and therefore we bury it under layers and layers of data that is no longer our own. We go from a place of power to a place of fear and dissempowerment, we allow the shadows to overtake our light.
How many shadows are stopping your true radiant self from emerging? How many rooms in your own mind have so many cobwebs, that you are afraid to enter? How many layers of dust and muck exist in your own perception of yourself, that you are afraid of what you may find? Are you ready to clear house? Are you ready for a spring clean.
Are you ready to step in?
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