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The Guardian Files

Updated: Jan 17, 2022

Today we are going to talk about the Guardian Files, that part of your subconscious mind that holds you back.

Yes, one of my favorite shows growing up was the X-files, which contained a lot of information and entertainment. Sometimes it was frustrating, sometimes strange, sometimes even alien, but it also gave us the opportunity to dive more deeply into the mysteries of life and even ourselves.

The Guardian files are the repository of your life’s journey.

These files contain all the beliefs and behaviors that were anchored within your sub-conscious mind. They help you to understand how this part of your subconscious mind holds you back. They reflect all the issues of your life including fears like speaking in public, self-esteem concerns for your career advancement, anxieties over not being good enough, a lack of self confidence in social situations, and so much more. Everything you can imagine, every issue you have, is stored within your subconscious mind. In the future we're going to be addressing one by one particular issues so that we can dive more deeply into how to resolve them.

The Guardian has been called by many names; the dark self, the shadow, the critical mind, your ego, and many more.

I call it the Guardian because it really is there to protect us and try to control us the best it knows how. This part of our brain was created in the distant past. It formed millions of years ago and is what we call the reptilian part of our brain. It focuses upon safety and security and exercises this in the form of our fight, flight or freeze mentality.

Yes, the reptilian brain! Think about the fact that as human beings we have only been around not even a million years. If you go back a million years, we did not look the same as we do now. Think of the dinosaurs that were around for about 150 million years. During this vast amount of time the reptilian brain developed and later evolved with the rise of the mammals. As a result of this evolution we now also have within us the mammalian brain, yet the earlier reptilian part is still there.

Think of it as the innate protector that you are born with, like a genetic aspect that attempts to keeps you safe and secure.

It actively holds you back from harm like getting to close to a cliff’s edge or even avoiding potentially dangerous people. This explains your Guardian’s role as your inner protector.

There is also another aspect of the Guardian that was environmentally influenced over the first 16 years of your life. As discussed in our earlier blog on the subconscious mind, this part learned from your environment and the people around you. It absorbed all the positive and negative beliefs that became your core beliefs.

This part of your Guardian tends to be more punishing and controlling in a negative way.

This means that your Guardian is both the result of your genetic and environmental programming. Unfortunately, many of the core beliefs that you absorbed included both irrational and erroneous beliefs about you and what you deserved in life.

Some of these negative core beliefs include, “I can't do it, it's too hard, I will fail, success isn’t real, I'm not strong enough, I'm not tall enough, I'm not smart enough, I'm not whatever enough.”

This is important for you because after 16 when you fully develop your analytical mind and no longer believe all that you hear or experience, you still have to contend with both your inner protector and punisher.

The Guardian part of you will distract, sabotage or block you from doing the things that you want to do. This is where your problems arise because it creates strong habit patterns of belief that keep you stuck in old behaviors. At the same time the healthy part of your subconscious mind and what we call your superconscious mind is motivating, inspiring and doing its best to move you forward, to take healthy risks, to achieve your goals, and become the authentic you that you have always had within you but up until now have not been able to emerge over the resistance of your Guardian.

This creates all the conflict in your life.

Depending upon your own unique aspects you will find some areas of your life are great. Maybe your Guardian and you both agree that money and success is a positive and attainable goal. Most likely you will be successful.