We are always free to choose an identity self who is experiencing peace and joy -- regardless of the circumstances of our past. We are free to choose an identity aligned with our highest visions. In order to step fully into a positive and empowered identity self, you may need to experience the process of "releasing past negative and limiting identities."
As you undertake this transitional process of releasing past limiting or negative identities, you may find some or all of the following steps helpful:
One) Give yourself permission to withdraw from any realities or interactions associated with old, limiting or negative identities. Even if there are those close to you who are still "invested" in your old identity, you can choose new ways of interacting with them that are aligned with your new identity. It may be necessary for a time to limit your interaction until you are strongly aligned and centered in your new identity. In time, others will learn to interact with the perspective of your new identity.
Two) Allow and welcome the changes your new identity brings into your life. Understand that a change in identity often equals a change of vibration. In accordance with the Law of Attraction, a change of vibration effectively de-magnetizes some connections in your life while magnetizing new ones. If you shift to a new identity, you may find yourself drawn to a new career, a new course of study, new friends, activities, a new diet and exercise regimen, or other new ways of being.
Three) Open to explore new areas of experience and expression. When you undergo an "identity shift," you become more closely aligned with new and previously unknown aspects of yourself. This is why you choose to experience new identities in the first place -- to learn about yourself and access new realms of experience. It is likely your new identity self will bring you into resonance with talents and abilities you have acquired throughout your arc of lifetimes but have not yet discovered in your present lifetime. As these new talents reveal themselves, follow your excitement and passion to explore whatever realms of experience and expression you feel drawn to.
Four) Allow yourself to embrace and accept times of uncertainty. Times of transition and change don't have to be times of depression and anxiety. Instead, they can be times of great anticipation and joy, times filled with abundant opportunities for reshaping your reality and perceiving and adopting new ways of being.
Five) Affirm that as you open to and receive the abundance of the universe, you are infinitely more capable of assisting others, including those closest to you who may initially feel threatened or upset by the changes you are making.
Six) Build into your transitional bridging identity self (and all future identity selves) a wise, nurturing component that loves and knows how to nurture every aspect of your being into a place of healing. This nurturing presence may represent the essence of a wise and loving guide that is an aspect of your higher self. Whenever old voices tell you that you are doomed to repeat painful patterns of the past, invite this nurturing aspect of your consciousness to sit with the parts of your self that are still playing "old tapes." This nurturing aspect of your new identity self can dialogue with these older aspects of your consciousness, or simply sit with them, radiating love and understanding.
Seven) Expand your awareness and beliefs to embrace the idea that "identity selves" are designed to be changed, released and adopted in whatever way is necessary for you to grow and progress throughout your lifetime. Just as each generation that incarnates on the Earth plane adds to, improves upon and heals the consciousness and creations of the previous generation, each new identity self adds to, improves and heals the identity selves that came before it. Likewise, each identity self sets down a foundation and creates the causes of new identities that expand consciousness in new and exciting directions.
Eight) Learn to program desired characteristics into all your new identities through intention, will and desire. You may already have characteristics in mind that you would like to adopt. You may wish to be more intuitive, more creative, more compassionate, more giving, more discerning, etc. You may also choose to adopt characteristics of people you admire, or characteristics of those you have read about. Expand your repertoire of desired qualities by becoming an observer. Observe your world, find what feels peaceful and whole. Observe individuals who you admire, who radiate a peaceful, loving vibration. Study the identity selves of creative and expansive people you know, study biographies of those you admire and wish to emulate. What do these individuals believe about themselves? Find words to describe the characteristics of those you admire. Describe for yourself the nature of their identity self. How does it different from yours? How is it similar?
Nine) Refrain from judging past experiences you may consider "dark." Embrace all your experiences, keeping in mind that the extent of darkness always equals the extent of light. Learn to appreciate and express gratitude for all your experiences, for the depths of understanding they have given you. In this way, you are able to transform every circumstance into a joyful opportunity for growth and transformation.
Choosing an Identity Self aligned with Joy and Peace
Once you have released limiting and negative identities, you are free to align with the version of yourself that is living along a timeline of joy and peace. In much the same way that you may have previously seen yourself as "one who experiences pain and difficulty," you can now choose to see yourself as "one who experiences joy and peace." You can choose to adopt the identity of "one who loves and is loved," or "one who is abundant and giving," or even as one who is "ecstatically creative and giving birth to great works of art and other forms of expression that help enliven and liberate human consciousness."
Choosing an Identity Aligned with your Highest Visions
It is possible to hold a vision for your life year after year without seeing it manifest in your physical reality. Many people hold themselves in a place of judgment, feeling there must be something "wrong" when their dreams seem to elude them. There is nothing "wrong," though you may need to adjust your perspective to manifest your vision. We will offer here some insights into how you can transform this circumstance.
One of the most common reasons people fail to manifest their dreams is that their current "identity self" is not aligned with their highest vision. If the vision your higher self brings you is that you are an energy healer but your present identity is that you are a clerk at a fast food restaurant, you have some changes to make in your identity.
As long as the self with which you are strongly identified is vastly different from the self that is experiencing your highest vision, you will go through your days with a feeling of being "outside looking in," with your deepest desires perpetually beyond your reach This does not have to be the case. By making a simple adjustment in perspective, you can begin living your highest vision within your present moment. By identifying with anything you choose to bring into your reality, you make it "real" in your world.
We offer here a process for adopting a new identity self aligned with your highest vision.
One) Enter a quiet, meditative state. Allow the highest vision for your life to come into your mind. Hold this vision in a steady focus, seeing it in as much detail as possible. Feel what it is like to be experiencing this reality. What does it look like? How are you interacting with the people around you? What activities do you participate in?
Two) Ask yourself, who is the self experiencing this reality? How is this self different from your present-moment self? What would you have to believe to be this self who is experiencing your highest vision? How do these beliefs differ from your present-moment beliefs?
Three) Observe the differences between this self and your present-moment self. Move back and forth between the self experiencing your highest vision and your present-moment self. Step fully into the feeling state of each self, observing each in detail. Continue to work with the process of moving back and forth between the two until you have a clear understanding of their differences, their similarities or harmonizing points, and can move easily between the two.
Four) Set your intention to adopt the self who is experiencing your highest vision as your identity self. Allow this identity to become your focus self.
Five) As you move through your days, allow this new identity self to inform your actions. Observe your thoughts. Observe how you relate to the world from the perspective of this new identity.
This is a process you can use over and over again as your highest vision continues to grow and evolve in your journey of becoming.