The question arising was -
What are the seven steps?
There are, apparently, seven steps (this being a theory, you understand, garnered out of nowhere at all) to breakage of self.
The secret, I'm told, to regenerating anything that is broken lies in back-engineering the components and working out from there what has gone wrong. With a little help from whatever it is that constitutes active self-speak, I got this answer:
Guilt, Pain, and Weight
seem to be the three main factors contributing to breakage of self. Does that make sense to you? Do you sometimes feel 'broken' under the burden of whatever it is you're carrying (bearing in mind that the mind works almost entirely on illusion), or likely to 'crack' under the pressure? Good, then this might work out in practice. If anybody out there says this never happens to them, ever, then they can't classify as human. Can they......??? Sometimes the ego can hide all traces of guilt....
The components which break, I'm given to understand, are (in no particular order other than as they were written down)
Non-acceptance, Lack of self-worth, Loss of confidence and Imbalance.
Bear in mind that I had to think hard about these, as I'm not always that quick off the mark in situations of internal contest. But once they were written down, I followed a sharp inner instruction to find the antidotes to these component breakages, and to condense each of them into one word. Starting with Imbalance, i.e. from the bottom up, I wrote down a word next to each of the four. And so, once that exercise was completed, this appeared:
Sail (with confidence)
Steady (in balance)
Which looked like a nice phrase to wake up to in the morning, and looking back at the words written down on the envelope, I found a nice little mantra along with a connection to a song, Across the Borderline. My album Quetzal (linked here on Soundcloud) is now available on CD - it's pretty, this picture of a Quetzal is on the front, thanks to Claudia Avendano. The first track on the album is called Two Steps Forward.