Our Inner Foundation is the source of our Self Esteem
Self-esteem is our internal experience of how we accept ourselves or not. It is our perception of ourselves, of whether deep down we believe we are worthy or not. Self-esteem is like a muscle in our body. We must nurture and develop it for it to become strong. It requires daily self-care, self-love and self-respect. A strong Inner Foundation is our source of healthy self-esteem, vitality and well-being. Having a solid inner foundation enables us to develop strong mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health, but what is our Inner Foundation?
Our Inner Foundation consists of four internal structures. The Mental structure, Emotional structure, Physical structure and Spiritual structure. These four structures develop according to the quality of all experiences and interactions from birth until death.
The Mental Structure represents the cognitive function of the brain and is linked to the function of the frontal lobe of the brain, known as the neo-cortex. The Mental Structure represents our capacity to critically think, to question and to analyze. To use logic, reason, planning, anticipate, organize, problem solve, prioritize, etc. Importantly it also determines our level of mental resilience, mental attitude and mindset. It represents our ability to focus for periods of time upon a single task. To learn in different ways (classroom, outdoors, project based etc). It is our ability to adapt, to overcome challenges and persevere in the face of setbacks. It also allows the conscious, subconscious and unconscious mind to store and operate our societal programs, belief systems (learned since birth), our memories and our learned habits.
Our Emotional Structure represents the emotional part of the brain known as the limbic brain. The emotional structure represents the quality of our emotions: positive or negative and the quality of our social, people skills. It’s includes our level of emotional intelligence and our ability to empathize, develop compassion and create rapport. The emotional part of the brain is directly related to our levels of self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth. It also interacts with the conscious, subconscious and unconscious mind. Our belief systems, emotions and traumas are stored in the body and if left unhealed, cause blockages and disease. This emotional part of the brain connects to the rest of the organs and gut through the Vagus Nerve. It is related with our parasympathetic (maintaining homeostasis bodily functions, body temperature, digestion, etc) and sympathetic (fight or flight) system. The emotional structure is also represented by the function and active relationship of three important elements: the brain, gut and microbiome. Our intuition or Internal Guidance System and its effective operation, is directly dependent upon the collaboration and healthy functioning of the brain, our gut microbiome and heart.
Our Physical Structure is rather more obvious to understand and consists of the twelve body system functions and their mutual functioning amongst themselves and with all bodily organs and parts. The physical structure contains the twelve body systems: Nervous System, Skeletal System, Digestive System, Lymphatic System, Endocrine System, Muscular System, Circulatory System, Urinary System, Immune System, Integumentary System, Respiratory System, Reproductive System (men & women). It represents the functioning and balance of our internal main organs such as the brain, liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, intestines, gut and it’s microbiome It also represents our cellular function, mitochondria and DNA molecular structure (that contains 50% of our own our genes and 50% from parents and all the genetic information from our ancestor’s genes). A health physical structure supports to create and maintain a healthy mental and emotional structure. To maintain a healthy physical structure, the body requires nutritional dense, clean, healthy whole foods, regular exercise and detoxification.
Our Spiritual Structure represents our internal connection with our intuition, our internal guidance system and how we choose to develop a life with meaning and purpose. It represents how we relate to and experience the world. It represents our experience of us as being part of the cosmos as consciousness, energy and how we relate and connect to all other beings. The Spiritual structure represents our conscious choice to live as autonomous sovereign beings, caring both of ourselves and of other living beings, following the principles of Natural Law. It is the awareness of our values and the living in alignment with those values. This is the expression of our authenticity, our true self. This alignment, this authenticity is expressed as our Inner Authority This conscious choice is expressed as our Personal Power.
In conclusion, a solid Inner Foundation supports a strong immune system that can protect us from toxins, pathogens and the environment around us. But in order to have a strong inner foundation we need more than a healthy physical body. We need to have healthy levels of self-esteem. For that to be in place we need to have grown up in a loving nurturing family environment with healthy role models. If on the other hand, you grew up in a dysfunctional family unit with emotional immature parents then you may have a fragile inner foundation of which the symptoms are diverse (depression, addiction, obesity, insomnia) but have one thing in common, low self-esteem. The question remains, whether deep down we sincerely believe we are enough, we are worthy, and we do deserve to design and live a happy meaningful life aligned to our values and filled with quality relationships. Ultimately we must be honest with ourselves and acknowledge where we truly are in our lives today. If we to rebuild a new strong Inner Foundation, this will require the courage to embrace ourselves into a new journey of healing and empowerment. If you would like to learn more about how you can build a strong inner foundation please feel free to either reach out to us with your questions or join our Self Empowerment Course.
There are some important things you should consider when embarking upon this journey of healing and personal transformation.
- You must have the mindset and motivation to change your life.
- You will most likely need a mentor to support you on this journey.
- A solid healing & coaching structure in place that will ground you into practical daily steps to shift your mindset from where you are to where you want to be.
- You need a mentor continuation support program to help you to embed the new daily routines into your life. These new daily routines will assist the brains neuroplasticity activity in developing new neural pathways that represents your new powerful mindset.
- You will need to have a supportive community that respects you and is there for you when you need.