How To Turn Criticism Into Strength!

Read This If You Want To Turn Criticism Into Personal Power

 

By Joseph Segal, Author & Course Creator

Criticism can feel terrible! It can make us angry and destroy our self-confidence, if we let it. But it can do something else too. It can guide us back to remembering who we really are and what our strengths are. 

My name is Joe Segal, and you are someone I care a great deal about! What I’ve been working on lately is essentially a lifelong project in dealing with criticism, how to handle criticism, and dealing with criticism of all kinds, including my own inner critic like being too hard on myself, and dealing with other people criticizing, being overly critical and offering corrections and even advice to do everything differently. Here’s why it’s been difficult.

It all feels like it has this vibration of “you’re not enough” at the root of it. At the root of the emotional response that bubbles up that I often get when I receive criticism is this negative idea, this cognition that I’m not enough.

And I think this is something that many of us experience, and that’s why I wanna share it with you in case it resonates with you. This idea of not being enough, where we’re constantly told we have to be better and do better and succeed and try harder and be more like other people. So we keep searching and comparing ourselves to other people now on social media.

But before social media, we did it as well in school and among our friends and the people we work with, the people we see on TV or in magazines. We are constantly judging. and comparing ourselves to evaluate whether we are in fact good enough, smart enough, or successful enough. And as we know in this industry of transformation and personal growth, of personal development, we know that you are enough.

We are all growing. We are all learning. We are all improving ourselves and going through difficulties and lessons that we are learning and improving through. And we’re unique. We’re unique like, like snowflakes, each one is beautiful and unique and we like a snowflake lasts for a short amount of time.

And you can’t compare us to anything.

So when we get upset, when we feel that we are being judged, we’re being told we’re not good enough. Or when we hear that voice in our own head saying, why didn’t you do this? Why can’t you get yourself to do that? , you should have said this, you should have done that. And we should all over ourselves. Then we are, are repeating this, this identity that we’ve accepted of ourselves as being limited and not good enough, not enough.

And you are enough. I am enough enough to be happy. To enjoy life, to find meaning in the things we do, the people we are around.

And so it’s important when these feelings come up, you’re your ego, basically responding, feeling defensive when people criticize your work or who you are or how you’re dressed or how you look.

Or your opinions and you feel your ego responding defensively to take a breath, maybe put your hand on your heart for a moment. It, connects us. And it resonates, connects our heart chakra our energy center to our hands, which have a lot of magnetic and spiritual energy flowing through them.

And just take a moment when you feel that, when you first detect that, when you sense that feeling of defensiveness, that you’re, you’re being judged or criticized corrected, and it is jangling your auric field, your ego is being poked and prodded. And then what I’ve found we could do is to take a breath, to get into the moment of here now, which is all we have in life is the moment of here and now.

…when you sense that feeling of defensiveness, that you’re, you’re being judged or criticized corrected, and it is jangling your auric field,

Access this everlasting continuum, this flow of the present moment, and to get in touch with your presence in this moment, your feelings, your awareness, and, and your soul self, your inner knowledge, what I like to call your heart knowledge.

Because in your heart self, in your heart knowledge, you know, you know that you are far more than anyone can see that you could even imagine that you are a good human being, that you are intelligent and talented in different ways, creative kind and caring.

…you are enough to have success, to have a good life, enough, to enjoy life, to have meaning and meaningful relationships and enough of what you need

And you are enough to have success, to have a good life, enough, to enjoy life, to have meaning and meaningful relationships and enough of what you need in life to get through your difficulties, to face the, the things that you don’t want to face. You are enough to do all of that, to learn and grow and move through all your stumbles in.

When you connect to your heart self with that deep breath and making a connection to your heart chakra and remind yourself “I am enough!”

Or use whatever word and phrase works for you. I am love. I am connected to my source energy to divine love. Be it God, or Gaia, the world, all beings in the world, Mother Nature, the essence, the quantum field of unlimited potentiality, however you construct the idea of connecting yourself to the beauty of the world or the oneness of everything because you are.

You are all of that. We, we all are all of that. We are connected intrinsically through this positive flow of creative energy in the world.

You are all of that. We, we all are all of that. We are connected intrinsically through this positive flow of creative energy in the world.

So when we connect our heart space to our heart space in that moment, when you’re feeling not enough, when you’re feeling your ego is being poked and prodded, as people on social media or at work are correcting, criticizing and coming from wherever they’re coming from, where maybe they’re not feeling enough, they want to, to strengthen their ego of being important and worthy and, and whatever lessons they’re working out in life, that’s intersecting with your reality, remember they’re helping you to return to the real you at your core!

Try to feel grateful when this happens. I know it’s hard, but feel grateful when people poke and prod your ego and, and, and correct you or criticize you in some way, I know it’s hard, but to see it as a good thing.

Thank you for helping me to return to my heart space for a moment and remember who I am. 

You can say or think, thank you, thank you for sharing. Thank you for sharing your point of view. And beyond that, thank you for helping me. You could say this to yourself. Thank you for helping me to return to my heart space for a moment and remember who I am. To remember my strength, to remember I’ve everything I’ve gone through (everything you’ve gone through).

We are immensely capable and strong, powerful, and loving, and brilliant beings and connected to divine love and, and power,

All the lessons and difficulties in life from being a little child to becoming who we are now. All of those things we thought we would never get through that we did. We are immensely capable and strong, powerful, and loving, and brilliant beings and connected to divine love and, and power through God through the goddess, the universe Gaia, the quantum field of infinite potentiality.

I call it the Infinite Loving Universe. We are through this manifesting our life through what we focus on, and our feelings, and our actions and our vision, our image that we are projecting out into the world through what we do and we focus on and how we feel! This is the energy that we give to our lives.

So connect as often as you can to your heart, your Heart Soul Knowledge, your heart-soul knowledge, this wisdom, that resides in your heart, your soul knowledge, this coherent energy of unified wisdom and power of oneness, peace and equanimity!

Connect to that power however you can with whatever tools work for you. A deep breath focused breathing. meditation music song dance. If that works for you, it’s a great way to raise your vibration, put on your best music and get up and move and dance, or go for a walk and be in nature and look around and feel grateful and see all the beauty around you.

The people, the wild flowers blooming now. Nature is all around us, the beautiful trees, the leaves blowing in the wind. See all of this great prosperity of beauty we have around us and breathe into your heart space.

And remember who you are. You are a divine manifestation, a link, a channel of this energy that is constantly floating and creating in our life and it is carrying you forward to walk your path of heart.

And remember who you are. You are a divine manifestation, a link, a channel of this energy that is constantly floating and creating in our life and it is carrying you forward to walk your path of heart.

So keep connecting to your heart soul knowledge! You can do that in a moment of silence and just taking some time sitting at your desk. Turning off the phone and the TV, for sure. And, and just sit there in silence and breathe, connect to that feeling of who you are and feel that connection to, to everything in life.

That connection through all the roots of all the trees in the world, reaching into the earth, that strength, the mountains and the streams, the oceans, and all life everywhere, because you are that strength too.

The great poet and teacher Rumi said, “you are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop”.

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. We are capable of manifesting, creating wonderful, incredible joy and prosperity.

Everything that you see around you, everything that you use that isn’t naturally growing or walking with four or two legs was first imagined in the heart soul space, knowledge space of some human being and came to them from this collective consciousness space of creative, creative consciousness that we can tap into.

And, and then through their actions and focus and energy manifested collectively with others and created, created something like a pencil that could write a book that could change a life.

And so keep connecting to your heart, soul knowledge face, ask the universe, ask the quantum field of infinite knowledge and potential, set it out there. How can I best grow as a human being? How can I achieve my goals and become healthier body, mind, and spirit more prosperous and free to live? My. So that I could be of service to my family and community and the world.

What do I need to connect with now? Great spirit. What idea? What feeling? What person, what information, what wisdom do I need right now to inhabit, to take into my life and to learn about, and to share with others so that I can be of service to this creative flow of the universe towards and access the unfolding good that is within me and everyone.

Ask your question to universe. How can I rise above my current challenges?

Ask your question to universe. How can I rise above my current challenges? What do I need to know? Who do I need to meet in order to grow and achieve my goals in life right now? Who do I need to be in order to meet the people that I want to have around me to achieve my goals in business, in romance with my health.

Ask the Universe, what energy do I need to inhabit and surround or wrap myself with in my heart and soul, and ask these empowering questions, put out the universe and just take time to sit in silence and breathe.

And the answer will come. It will come. It may not come right away. It might, it will come to you. And you could journal. You could write in your, in your diary, in your journal. At the end of the day, all the thoughts that come to your mind, it’s very helpful. Just let it flow out onto the page.

You can write whatever comes up, don’t judge, or compare it, just write it. You could watch what’s happening in your dreams and the symbols and write about it every morning. The first thing, when you wake up and, and answers will come to you in your dreams, answers will come to you. When you’re daydreaming answers will come to you through the media.

 

The Universe Will Send You Signs!

You will see through this connection you have to the universe and I call it, we call it synchronicity. Actually Carl Jung came up with this term synchronicity, this magical connection of events that resonate with us.

This is where you’ll see something, some sign and, and it may actually be a sign. You know, I was driving down the 405 freeway (listening to an audio book about mindfulness) and there’s a billboard and it, it said, you know, “Tap into now”, this is mindfulness.

There are all kinds of messages. It could be on somebody’s car license plate in front of you. The other day, I parked behind a car and his license plate spelled out Lovvvvve, which is the vibration I want to inhabit in my life.

It’s a message from the universe. It could be something that comes up on TV when you’re feeling something and working out a, a problem in your life and asking for guidance and solutions.

And you turn on the TV and the first words that come outta the actor’s. will be meaningful if you pay attention. The first thing you hear on the radio, when you turn on the radio or a podcast or open a book or a magazine will connect to this, to your heart soul space that you’ve been putting out to the universe, cuz the universe is constantly communicating to you, to us, to you, to me, God.

Our Source Energy, Divine Source Energy, the quantum field of collective consciousness, however you call it is constantly helping to guide us and communicate to us.

There’s a beautiful image of in Jewish mysticism uh, in the Cabala that talks about how God has created an angel that sits above every blade of grass beckoning it to grow, encouraging it to grow.

I always found that beautiful. And I think that we have angels like that too, around us that are whispering to us and encouraging us to grow, grow and be strong. Reach up for the sun. Live a good life and that energy, that angelic energy, that cosmic energy is moving us in the stream.

When we, when we feel it and we connect to it in our heart soul space, it moves us towards moves us towards growth and in it , and it, it, it won’t always feel great.

We will go through difficulties. We go through. Difficult relationships and arguments and, and financial struggles. And, and these, these are there not to stop us from grow, growing, and succeeding, but they are there to help us to succeed these difficulties.

They are there to help us to connect to who we are.

They are there to help us to connect to who we are. So when you feel that difficulty, when you feel your ego responding to criticism from, within you, from your own critical conversation you’re having in your mind or other people that are manifesting in your life that are, are being hyper critical and judgmental of you, then know that this is there to help you, not to hurt.

 

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And this is here to help you to connect to your heart’s soul knowledge of who you are! Stay rooted in that stay rooted in that love. You’re a loving, good human being and no judgment, external or internal, no thought, no thought form internal or external around you can change that you are a immutable unchangeable energy of love of conscious awareness of the universe with dreams, goals, ideas, feelings, and there is nothing outside.

We’re all one! There is nothing that could hurt or change that essence of who you are, of your heart, or your soul essence, and connecting to this knowledge (with your hand on your heart & focused breathing) will remind you of that.

So return to that wisdom inside of you. Take deep breaths pause. Before you respond, before you reply to an email or before you reply to a tweet or a post connect to your heart, soul space.

 

So return to that wisdom inside of you. Take deep breaths pause. Before you respond, before you reply to an email or before you reply to a tweet or a post connect to your heart, soul space.

Remember who you are. You know, the last thing that my beloved grandmother said to me was, “Joe, remember who you are and where you come from, remember who you are and where you come from”. And I think that is such a beautiful gift that she gave me such a loving woman.

Remember who you are

She always lives in my heart and in my mind, my Bubbie, my grandmother. helped raise me. “Remember who you are and where you come from”. So, I am a loving person. I come from loving parents and grandparents, and great grandparents who went through (many very difficult) struggles to bring me here so I can exist in this moment and, and make good choices and build a good life that they wanted for me, that they dreamed about for their children, their grandchildren, their great-grandchildren.

And I come from the Universe, from this expression of creation from that is constantly creating the blades of grass that are rising up the wildflowers, the humming birds, the butterflies, the people being born, getting old living together. I come from that. And so do you, and it is powerful and it is beautiful. And so are you my friend?

So remember who you are and where you come from return to your heart soul space, whenever you feel, you feel the, the fighter flight of your ego being poked and prodded by people or by yourself, and it will guide you back to your, your path apart.

It will guide you back to feeling higher vibrational feelings so we could create better outcomes in our life, in our work, in our prosperity, in what we do at school, our relationships, and the life that we manifest, and we attract this prosperity into our life by stepping into it, emotionally, stepping into it, through our focus and consciousness.

We manifest life by radiating it and by radiating kindness, this love and kindness and positive, good vibration, good feeling energy through our heart soul space because we know that’s who we are!

And we attract these people, these teachers to come into our life, into our dreams and wisdom and lessons, and we take another step and another breath.

And so that’s what I wanted to share with you. May you constantly remember to connect to who you are and where you come from, the divine loving universe, the infinitely, loving creative universe that is creating in you and gives you the potential to create infinite prosperity and, and your dreams and to, to create, to dream your dreams of life.

Live to dream your dreams alive and keep connecting to your heart, soul knowledge and bring in that experience a trusting of that feeling. You are here to thrive and create and dream and connect to life! Live every minute of this life connected to your loving inner wisdom & guidance.

Allow the intuition, your heart soul voice within you to guide you. Okay. Don’t trust the fearful, angry ego based ruminations and thoughts from you or others, but trust that feeling in your heart soul space, it will guide you.

That’s my message for you! I hope you’ve subscribed to my Youtube channel and that you’ve shared it in your social media, with your friends and people, you know, so that we can all walk our paths of heart, create more of a loving relationships and good health and prosperity in our lives and in our world and transform our lives, transform our lives for the greater good.

Of all. So thank you for clicking. Like, did you click, like you leave a comment below about how you connect to your heart soul space. What do you do to center yourself? What do you do to center yourself and connect to that heart soul space in your life? When you feel your ego being poked and proded and your heart rate going up?

And your, your fight or flight response being activated. How do you center yourself and connect to your inner wisdom and heart soul knowledge? Let me know, write it in the comments. Okay. I’d love to, to hear how you do it and what your, your technique is and experience. and I’d love to discuss it with you.

So subscribe and drop a comment in there or here below about how you connect to your heart soul space. When you feel activated, your ego is being activated. Thank you. I’m Joseph Segal. 

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