The Great Unlearning

Post by Jo Anna Rothman.

by Sebastiano Pitruzzello

The Great Unlearning

Part of life is the untangling of what we thought from what is true. It is the great unlearning. The magical times when we realize and celebrate all that we have been wrong about. All we have been wrong about ourselves. Our families. Our friends. The world. About the grand, wild universe and all it has to offer. When we let go of what we thought we had known for sure…we get to see the endless possibilities of what actually is.

We all come to this moment with thoughts. Beliefs. Stories we have told to ourselves over and over. Some resonate deeply with the truth of who we are. Some hold us in knots, keeping us from the full expression of our awe. Then, through the course of our days…we start to see what is real. Loving. And what is a construct of protection, designed to hold us back from the daring glory of life. If we are willing. If we are lucky. If we are able, we start to pick the threads apart, weaving a new tapestry of the truth. We get the opportunity to be wrong.

I used to think that the Universe was limited in what it would and could give to me. Gifts. Love. Affection. Abundance. I used to think I was not worthy of those things. I was convinced. I had the proof. I could look around and argue it until I fell asleep, exhausted and empty. I was so sure that I was right.

Then I started to practice the fine art of receiving. Every day, for at first a month, I committed to receiving a present. Everyday, despite being pretty sure nothing would come of it, a present came. There was no denying the abundance. No denying that I was supported. Or that I was worthy. There I was…wrong. Totally and completely. And it was wonderful.

There is often such shame wrapped up in the experience of wrongness. The impulse to hide reaches out and grabs us…so that no one can see that we had been wrong. That an unlearning had happened. And yet, it is happening to everyone. The times when we step out of the beliefs that cause us pain and into the truth of love is a gift. Let us all celebrate each and every moment it occurs!

I was wrong that I was unlovable…I am adored. I was wrong about not being seen…I let myself shine with grace. I was wrong about The Universe not hearing me…I am supported and nurtured by the divine every day. I was wrong about not being worthy…my worth is inherent in my presence. I was wrong about whipped cream, eggs and mustard…they are fucking delish (though probably not all together).

These are a few of the stories I have unlearned. A few of the times I have been wrong. Each time is glorious in its own way. I invite you to celebrate with me! When I have you been wrong? What have you unlearned?

I’m Jo Anna. Jo Anna Rothman, MA if you are being fancy. I’m a Wizardess of love. Mistress of change. Conjurer of Electric Creative Wholeness.

I am here to invite and inspire you to live the best human experience ever. I connect folks to their soul, their purpose, their absolute and amazing joy. I coach. I write. I facilitate the amazing Receiving Project.  Most of all, I have a damn good time!

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