When we have a harmonious internal relationship, that inner animal will carry us places. The beast inside us gives us the passion, courage, and vitality to move the world.
Most people try to use their ego to override their Instinct. That not only causes Stuckness, but also many psychosomatic illnesses.
This can “work” for a little bit. But it’s exhausting to fight yourself all day. People who suppress their instincts usually develop chronic fatigue and irritability, or worse...
At a certain point the Instinct breaks free. And like any caged animal, it will not be friendly when it comes out.
Repressed instincts almost always lead to destructive behavior… sometimes harming others, always sabotaging your intentions.
The quickest way to drop the internal conflict is to reconnect with your Body.
I call this the “dumbest” way to create Internal Harmony because it has you descend into your more primitive mind.
This “descent of consciousness” is what happens when we spontaneously feel a surge of passion, inspiration, or motivation. In this feeling state, it’s almost impossible to feel anxiety.
I “discovered” a version of this technique as a way to overcome panic attacks when I was a teenager. Over the years I’ve incorporated other perspectives to make it simpler and more effective. (Pretty much every mindfulness modality has a version of this.) Nowadays I do it any time I feel any form of stuckness-- overwhelm, confusion, lack of motivation, or fear.