By Brigid Hopkins HEART ALCHEMY

Calling Bullsh*t On The Mask I Use To Hide My Insecurity Of Not Being Good Enough


Releasing Expectations: The Art Of Receptivity

As the summer days shorten, and the cool breezes increase, just as the trees will soon shed their leaves, I too am letting go.

I am consistently surprised and in wonder of this process. I once had the expectation that when I let go of something, that was it, finito! However, for me, letting go is a continual process that works its way deeper, spiralling into the root of the matter.

Some things are easy for me to release. I can clear out a closet, rewrite beliefs, let go of habits. These, I find, do not challenge me or push me as hard to look inward.

Other circumstances, however, are much deeper. I have patterns within my family dynamic that shape-shift and take on different masks.

One, that has been a constant, is my trusting in the “what-is” of a moment, without expectation, or a need to control the situation, even the outcome. This has been a repetitive practice of letting go, one layer at a time. The easier ones first, then deeper and deeper.

Since the new moon, I have been tearful and tender. I hit a root, the root of expectations.

How heavy and unsatisfying they really are to have in my life. They do not foster joy, service, or ease. They push, nudge, and agitate most situations, taking away any chance for flow, surprise, and realness. I have worked for years around expectations. I can clearly see how much they interfere with my relationships.

When I got real honest with myself, I learned that expectations are a front for my shadow belief of not being good enough.

Here’s how it plays out…

If I have an expectation of things going a certain way, and it slowly begins to unravel because of how I am perceiving the situation, and it not “meeting” my expectation, I begin to blame others.

It’s their fault this isn’t fun. It’s their fault we are late. It’s their fault I am unsatisfied.


I created the mask in order to hide my insecurity of not being good enough. I blame the expectation and not my shadowy beliefs.

Here’s the best part: Now that I have gotten into the messy root system of these tangled and gnarly shadow beliefs, I can choose something different for myself.

I can integrate my shadow, and change the belief.

This process, while uncomfortable, is what being whole is about. It is acceptance of all parts of one’s being, the shadow and the light.

If I continue to hide my shadow in the expectation, I will continue to have unsatisfying experiences because I believe it’s the best I deserve.

It’s not the best I deserve. It’s what I’ve put up with because of this shadow. By bringing it into the light, my light, I am showing the shadow and myself that we are worthy of receiving everything I desire in a satisfying life!

I am working on more surrender, less expectation, to trust in the uncontrollable, unexpected mystery of life.

The other side of letting go is receiving. Receiving isn’t always about what is easy, light or feels good.

Receiving is about the art of receptivity to all circumstances, just as they are.

Some are more bitter and insipid than others, and if I can be with it, not reject it, judge it, or deny it. I am opening myself to an entirely new frequency in life.

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Brigid Hopkins

Brigid Hopkins is the Founder of The Clarity Path, clarity coaching. As an author and coach, she has been offering healing services through Reiki, meditation, writing, and coaching for the last six years, with over 750+ hours of successfully guiding clients to support their next phase of growth. She draws upon multiple healing modalities including; Eco-Therapy, Shamanic, and Practical Reiki, Chakra Wisdom, guided meditations, and crystal therapy. Recently, Brigid's personal writing culminated in a memoir, Feathers Of A Phoenix, an exploration of her own journey of being raised by a single mother who struggled with substance abuse to draw meaning from her experiences. When not spending time with her husband and family, you can find Brigid pinning away in a coffee shop, exploring the shore of Lake Erie, or taking contemplative photographs of Nature. She connects to the community through writing and public service. Brigid currently serves as a faculty at the Lake Erie Institute.

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