The stale breath of the inner critic rhythmically grates along the back of your brain like a catching cat's tounge grooming itself. That voice thinks it has a job, and important role: to preserve safety, to stay ahead of failure, to keep you from tripping up.
I don't think it knows the difference between unkind and kind, true and untrue, inspiring or paralyzing. It's not that smart. We work so hard to quiet the critic but our criticism of it is just as a pervasive poison. This is our work - to not match the critic's toxicity with our own criticism of it...because it's just a well-meaning dope with a very poor vocabulary on repeat again and again.
What if we turned every self-criticism into a message of truth and love? What if we tried less to quiet the critic and more to hear what it would actually tell us if it spoke with a loving voice? Rather than attempt to banish the hurtful messages, what if we gave ourselves the gift of closer examination?
Would we then see our self-labeled faults as beacon's of truth?
Our "I can never get anything right" might be revealed as "I'm willing to try a lot of things to know what feels most truthful to me."
"I'm such a failure" would be "I am persistent".
"Why do I keep making the same mistakes?" is really "I'm gathering really good data about how to listen to my intuition."
"I'm never going to get this right" is not true. You can't know that for sure. It's more true that YOU are right. You are all-right. "Getting something right" is about checking all the boxes on the list of requirements that may not be aligned with your soul's calling. The "right" you think you keep blowing might actually not be right for you.
"Not good enough" would be illuminated and we would see that we value the giving and receiving of unconditional love above all else.
Intuition is the soul's guidance - the version of direction that is so much more helpful than what the critic has to offer.
This is an invitation.
Turn every self criticism into a kinder truth today. And when you doubt them right away, doubt your doubts before you doubt yourself.