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They are stalked by the paparazzi, web sites chronicle their every step, and, thanks to smartphones, anyone can be caught in the act at any moment. We also live in a culture where appearance, whether physical, financial, or status, is all important. And we live in a culture of judgment where being critical of others seems like the national pastime.

As epitomized by reality TV, gossip and cattiness are the coin of the realm. In, fact, in all likelihood, it has been hard wired and enculturated into us as we have evolved as a species and a society.

Self-consciousness helps ensure that we act in socially appropriate ways for fear of disapproval and rejection from society. At the same time, self-consciousness can go well beyond keeping our behavior within a socially acceptable range. It can become a source of tremendous angst and unhappiness. Self-consciousness can create a pre-occupation with how we appear to others, what others think of us, and, often, can cause social anxiety and an inhibition of behavior that we fear others might judge to be less than desirable.

I see people in my practice who are paralyzed by their self-consciousness. Self-consciousness can prevent people from being who they are, expressing what they are feeling, doing what they want to do, and all because they are afraid of what other people will think or say about them. Here is a simple reality that should be liberating if you are overly self-conscious.

Nobody is watching you. Nobody is thinking about you. Very few people even care about you.

Do you think everyone is thinking about you?

Why such a seemingly harsh pronouncement? Most people are focused predominantly on themselves.

  1. I'm here to help you learn how to use food, plants, and spices as your mental health and body allies. They have neither the time nor the energy to devote to people that have little effect on them.
  2. Self-consciousness can create a pre-occupation with how we appear to others, what others think of us, and, often, can cause social anxiety and an inhibition of behavior that we fear others might judge to be less than desirable.
  3. I offer one-on-one Ayurveda health consults, ancestral investigation art, online classes, in-person workshops, and ongoing coaching that support you and your liberation consciousness. For it is your conscious and unconscious assumptions and beliefs that distort your perception and cause you to see separation and division where there is actually only unity and completeness.
  4. Most people are focused predominantly on themselves. Learn more on the Gatherings and Study Groups page.

They have neither the time nor the energy to devote to people that have little effect on them. Plus, somewhat ironically, the only concern most people have for you is their own misguided self-consciousness about what you are thinking about them!

The Way of Liberation

Are you a mind reader? Now that, not what other people are supposedly thinking of you, is something to be concerned about.

  1. But, as the saying goes, the truth will set you free!
  2. Absolute completeness surrounds you wherever you go.
  3. The way forward is unpredictable, the commitment absolute, the results not guaranteed. As epitomized by reality TV, gossip and cattiness are the coin of the realm.

Of course, this epiphany is a double-edged sword. It can lift a huge weight off of your shoulders because you no longer have to worry about what other people are thinking or saying about you and you are free to think, feel, and act in ways that are true to yourself.

The downside sort of is that we all want to live under the illusion that we are worthy of others devoting time and energy to thinking about us.

But, as the saying goes, the truth will set you free!