Even though the smoke detector was persistently trying to alert me to a dangerous smoky crisis in the vicinity, there was no smoke, no fire, no actual danger.
My inner danger alert system does this sometimes too. The warning sirens sound, flashing lights go off, and my body responds as if an attacker with a large, sharp knife is chasing me down the road. But, nothing’s really wrong – except in my own little mind.
My mind is my super power – and yours too. I can create all kinds of reality in there and if my mind believes that success, or belonging, or putting myself out there is dangerous, then by gosh, it is! Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep!
In order to get our home smoke detector to stop squawking, my husband had to yank it off the wall and take out (the new) batteries. He had to disconnect the entire device.
I have to do that when my inner danger alert system goes crazy too. But the trick is to know when there’s real danger and when your alert system has gone awry.
Here’s how to tell if you need to disconnect your danger detector:
- There’s no life threatening or truly dangerous experience going on
- You are experiencing the alert because of: 1.worry, 2. something you can do nothing about, 3. some kind of belief that’s not really true
Simple. That’s it. Is there a real danger, or are you just worried about one?
You need your danger detector, but like the boy who cried wolf, if you allow it to beep at you for things that aren’t really dangerous; you may miss the real alert when you need it most.