Trevor is our neighbour’s dog – busy and always looking for new experiences. He likes to wander and lives on a busy road, so for his own safety, Trevor lives in a cage. Not that you can see it in the form of walls and fences – Trevor’s cage is created by buried wires and a collar that gives him a shock when he reaches the boundary.

From his experience of previous zaps, Trevor knows the area that he is confined to. He limits his life to this space. The zaps must be so scary that   Trevor feels fear whenever he approaches the boundaries.

Trevor’s life made me think of our own lives.

Trevor’s life made me think of our own lives. Could it be that we too are confined in cages that limit our lives without us realising?  I believe that many of us are aware of these boundaries and have fears about transgressing them.  Invisible limits keep us in check but are they always necessary or desirable?

A cage doesn’t have to look like a cage. It can be a virtual cage created by your own fear of discomfort.  When you approach mental boundaries, you feel uncomfortable emotions such as insecurity, self-consciousness, fear, guilt or jealousy. You are programed to stay within the place you know in order to avoid the painful emotions. Just like Trevor avoiding the discomfort of the zap.

But as long as you stay inside the cage you cannot possibly know what is on the outside.

But as long as you stay inside the cage you cannot possibly know what is on the outside.  Inside the cage, your outlook is narrowed, your possibilities limited, and your inspiration obstructed

Why would you build such a cage for yourself?  It’s the job of your mind to protect and make you feel safe. The mind operates from the limited knowledge of past experience. When the past contains trauma from what someone has said to you or how you have been treated, then our territory is limited and distorted. You can even inherit aspects of your cage from previous generations through your DNA.

The mind cannot always appreciate that we outgrow the need for a protective cage. It cannot see that we are able to gain resources and have urges to move beyond our boundaries into spaces that offer creative options and diverse opportunities.

In fact, there doesn’t have to be a cage at all.

In fact, there doesn’t have to be a cage at all. If we are willing to face life without the boundaries of the past and are resourceful enough to go beyond them, we can experience our full creative and intuitive selves. This takes courage and support.

Sometimes there is a life event that cracks the cage wall; it could be a serious event such as an illness, injury, financial crisis or death of a loved one. Overwhelming emotional turmoil can force us to experience some of the discomfort the mind was trying to protect us from.

It is through that crack that we can glimpse the light of greater possibility for our life. The cage begins to crumble.

“There’s a crack, there’s a crack, that’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen.

My experience as a practitioner of Network Chiropractic and Tesla Metamorphosis tells me that it is common for people, who are ready to live their life more fully, to experience their life opening up. They sense a richer life beyond the cage. For many, this sense of a different life was not triggered by a traumatic event but was triggered by the modalities I use. It sometimes evolves over time and can require a series of visits and a fair bit of patience.

It takes a certain courage and persistence to emerge into the light of the life you were really meant to have.