Hidden in the deepest recesses of your body at your cellular level are memories that were ingrained in you without your clear awareness. These memories are predicated on the experiences that occur during your lifetime. However, many of these memories affect how you think, feel and say things about your Self, even if you are not sure where some of your ideas originated.

As a child, you did not have the experience to experience the experiences that you were having. Your outside world was influenced by the adults, authority figures, family, friends, siblings, relatives, and even strangers with whom you interacted. As a child you were not shown how to be in your power. You may have been told to be quiet, hold your tongue, or children are to be seen and not heard, that children do not have anything to say.

Therefore, as those who said to you, even jokingly, that you were heavy, fat, chunky, skinny, too thin or gangly, these labels became embedded in your cellular consciousness. When this happened to you, unconsciously and unaware, you no doubt accepted these labels as the description of you. Let’s face it, you are consciously and unconsciously programmed to accept labels, whether you like them or not. Whether these labels or description of you are negative or positive is not the issue. The issue is how these labels have influenced and affected you and your life.

Many weight issues, whether overweight or underweight, described as low self-esteem, did not happen overnight. They happened through successions of experiences. The basis of this low self-esteem paradigm — of you being less than — began at the very moment when someone labeled you, as if something was wrong with you. Childhood is not easy. Childhood is even more difficult when it affects your adult life.

You may be at a certain adult age, but the truth of the matter is that child within you is running a dysfunctional perception that something is not right about you. The weight issue actually is a wait — a long waiting period that your body has had to process from the name calling, the label-instilling cellular memory experiences. You end up becoming what your cellular experiences say is you. It may seem that you don’t have any power over anything in your life.

The truth is, you do have the power to make positive changes in your life. Begin by listening to the language you use about your Self. Listen to the words that you say about your Self. Do the words you use make you feel better about your Self? Or are the words you use those that belong to someone else’s idea of who you are?

Look at the words that trigger you to eat more or not eat at all. Are the words that trigger you those that someone else said to you at an earlier age? As you hear the words you speak about your Self more clearly, you begin to clear the past. How you describe your Self now is the new paradigm of you. The old paradigm of limiting labels belongs in the past. You deserve to live in the present time without “waiting” for a trigger from the past to take away your power, with or without your knowledge.

It is time to know your Self, trust your Self, live in the moment and create a future that is not a repeat of the past. Speak well of your Self. This is not egotistical. Speak well of your Self and you will feel well. Let go of the wait to heal the emotional eating issues.

Stop the wait. Find your center. Stay in your power. Remember this: You are more than what you eat. You are what you say you are. Say good things about your Self. You deserve it!

Sherry Anshara is founder of the QuantumPathic center of Consciousness in Scottsdale, AZ, and developer of the QuantumPathic Energy Method (QPEM). For nearly two decades, Anshara has been teaching individuals, families and corporate groups how to tap into their intuition to consciously create their lives from both personal and business perspectives. She is the author of two books: The Age of Inheritance: The Activation of the Thirteen Chakras, and The Point Is...Beyond Duality, and the CD Awakening the Diving Being Within You. She also hosts an international weekly radio program, "Conscious Healing," on www.achieveradio.com on Wednesday at 5 p.m. PST. Visit Sherry's website or email her for more information.

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