It is definitely a trick, and not a treat, when your Inner Critic shows up at your door, disguised as your most Angelic Spiritual Self. She seems quite believable, while she rattles off an endless list of everything you’re not doing right. She’s acutely aware of what you should be doing to elevate your consciousness. But you’re not. If you’d only listen to her, you would become a much more holy, enlightened, and perfect being. She cracks the whip on you, trying her damnedest to get your lazy-ass self to evolve. “You should be more compassionate”, she says. “You shouldn’t judge people.” “You shouldn’t get so angry.” “You shouldn’t keep repeating those same stupid patterns.” She rants on and on, day and night.
Now, hold on just a minute. Does this seem like the way an angel or an evolved being would treat someone? She’s mean to you. She puts you down. She makes you feel like s–t. No, that’s no angel. That’s the same old Inner Critic that’s been beating you up and shaming you for decades. It’s just that now, she has an agenda for your spiritual life, too.
If you catch your Critic wearing angel’s wings, realize she has good intentions. She really does want to help you improve yourself and your life. It’s just that she’s going about it in a way that’s not helpful. It’s hurtful.
Your True Self is already who you are, but it’s hard to see that when you’re under the spell of the Inner Critic. How about calling forth your Inner Compassionate One, instead? Ask her to talk to you. What would she say about you? How does she see you? How can she support you in seeing through the negative, false beliefs about yourself? Let her embrace you with love, as she lights the way to remembering who you really are.