The phrase, ‘Under The Hood,’ is immediately recognized as checking under your car hood to examine various systems – battery, radiator, washer fluid, belts, and electrical wires. There is significant evidence many people are more concerned about what is going on under their car hood than they are about the goings on in their psyche – poignantly true and tragic.
When you fail to engage in the deep, inner work of self-examination, you will miss the subtle cues that something is amiss. Furthermore, you will be unaware of the real substance of who you truly are.
It is easy to focus on examining your actions instead of deeply examining the inner workings of your psyche. Focusing only on your actions can be deceiving because your actions may be spiritual – meditation, being socially correct – saying all the right things, grooming, exercise and eating right. Yet, you probably fail to access issues below the conscious mind. This failure is analogues to washing and shining the exterior of your car and failing to check the vital mechanisms under the hood or changing the oil regularly.
While you may appear to be in great shape, if you fail to engage in the deep, inner work of self-examination, the chances are good that you are profoundly unaware of the real substance of your life.
We live in a highly appearance-oriented, externally focused world. Thus, it makes sense that you place significant value on how you look; sometimes to the detriment of failing to notice how you feel.
When you focus primarily on what you are doing and lose track of your core being, you will begin to feel dissociated, as if you are not fully awake, alive and grounded. This is a strong sign that it is time to engage in the all important work of going deep within to rediscover your emotional foundation and meaning in your life. Without the substance that comes from introspection and working through the difficult issues, your spiritual life can begin to feel hollow or shallow, as if there is nothing at the center holding it all together.
The peace that is created with meditation and spiritual practice is an essential part of the foundation of your development. It serves you best in conjunction with the less settling, more chaotic work of digging below the surface to see what needs to be acknowledged, healed and released. Your actions need to be more than an effort to keep everything in control or keeping up with the latest trends.
Introspection will fuel the energy of your life in transformation, thus you will have powerful expressions of strength, courage, trust and faith, further inspiring your inner work.
Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD, Metaphysician – Certified Hypnosis Practitioner, Author and Speaker. Dr. Dorothy facilitates clearing blocks, fears and limiting beliefs. You can live the life you desire. She brings awareness to concepts not typically obvious to one’s thoughts and feelings. https://drdorothy.net