Elephants brought up in captivity are sometimes tied to flimsy stakes in the ground. They could easily escape because they are clearly stronger than their restraints. Yet they don’t. Why not?
When elephants are tiny and weak, some trainers tie them to these stakes. The elephants never become aware that their growing strength gives them the power to break free.
As children we are often programmed by cultural, religious, or parental beliefs. As adults, we often allow those beliefs to determine our capabilities-who we are, what we can do, how far we can rise, and what is ‘allowable’.
Those beliefs act as stakes in the ground, limiting our freedom of movement in our personal, physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional lives.
Are there any beliefs keeping you comfortably-or uncomfortably-stuck in one place? Is it clear to others that you’re capable of achieving more but you don’t believe it’s so?
I encourage you to ask yourself in meditation this question. What is the name of the stake in the ground that keeps my range of movement limited? How do I need to be or what do I need to do to set myself free?
May we pursue our path, loosening or letting go of the ties that bind us,