We all have certain events, people, things that rouse uncomfortable emotions in us. It is often our first instinct to go the other way the moment we feel triggered. To turn the other way, though, is to miss out on the value that these triggers have to offer us.
We are all alchemists. We have the ability to turn our tribulations and frailties into our super powers. The emotions that arise in lieu of some external trigger are essentially the base metals that, with intention, can be weaved into gold. The problem is that many of us run away from our triggers before they can deliver their value.
When we are presented with a situation that triggers us, we are often responding to something that has happened in the past. This is our subconscious mind rehashing our old traumas and limiting beliefs. Triggering moments push the button that sends our bodies into red alert--our minds pipe in telling us "warning, danger, this hasn't ended well in the past" and our bodies follow suit by going into fight, flight or freeze mode to protect ourselves.
These triggers, as pestilent as they can be, are really gifts in disguise, because they show us where we still have room to grow. By sitting with the feelings that come up and doing a little investigating-- i.e unraveling the limiting beliefs behind those uncomfortable feelings and pinpointing the moment in which these limiting beliefs formed--we can get to work forming new beliefs that better serve us and rewiring our subconscious minds so that we no longer perceive that particular situation, person, or thing as a threat.
From here, we can relax into our lives and reimagine what we feel is possible for us. As we alchemize our internal struggles into strengths, the world that we see transforms right along with us, from one that feels cold and uninviting into a universe that is friendly and hospitable.
Welcome the triggers, the dark clouds rolling into a clear sky. The rain, ultimately, is only here to help us grow. Triggers, similarly, are opportunities for expansion. By taking a moment to feel what comes up, we can begin to transcend beyond the limitations of the past.