• Veronika Tracy Smith, PhD, PCC

Becoming Conscious About What You Are Protecting


"I watch how foolishly man guards his nothing"

The other day Richard Rohr shared a quote that he found in a section of town where the homeless would experience the warmth of the sun in the wintertime. This quote was written in chalk on the sidewalk saying:

I watch how foolishly man guards his nothing—thereby keeping us out.

I like to turn this into a question so that I may reflect on the question it inspires. I invite you to ask these same questions of yourself.

What nothingness am I guarding?

What am I giving value to that really not important in my overall conscious growth?

Does anything I have or the being that I am need protecting or is this just an illusion?

If someone breaks into my house and steals from me or if my house burns down have I lost what is essentially and eternally important?

What if I guard nothing? What happens in my body when I let go of protecting?

Be still and quiet and notice what feelings stir in you as you ask these questions. What insights do you gain? Are there deeper values that you realize that maybe you did not reflect on previously?

We live more consciously when we ask ourselves these deeper questions and take the quiet reflective time to allow the answers to surface. Sometimes I ask myself, and my soul, the deeper more complex questions and then think I have the answer. When I answer too quickly or with the mindset that I already know the answer it is a signal to me that my ego self is answering.

A more developed, enlightened and conscious way of approaching the questions is to sit in the question. One of the most frightening thing for us as human beings is to sit in the unknowing. When we sit in the unknowing – in the question, without all the answers we open ourselves up to a far greater openness to truth and to listening to a Higher Power or calling.

There really is so much in our culture that tells us to have the answers, have the knowledge, be critical and analyze everything. I value education and critical thinking and yet I see it’s limitations. When this is the only way we interact with ourselves and our world we loose compassion and we function from either – or thinking. That is “either” this “or” that is right or wrong. This group is right and that group is wrong.

“True wisdom comes from having a perspective of the greater whole. Seeing from a higher vantage point with “both – and” perspective. This group has parts of the truth AND that group has parts of the truth. This wisdom for ourselves, our families, our businesses and our world can create a huge shift in consciousness. As I utilize “both- and” thinking or Polarity thinking, as Barry Johnson calls it, my perspectives change and I have greater compassion for those on both sides of an issue. I also find in my own life better ways of managing two seemingly opposing sides of myself, or issues in life or my relationships. It is also a great tool for helping my clients manage issues in their businesses.”

Today as an experiment sit in a question that is asked of you from a place of unknowing. Let yourself be in the question and just notice what happens and what you feel. This is a bold step towards transformation. Transformation is really a process of growing from one developmental stage to another.

About the Author

Veronika is a Board Certified Personal and Executive Coach and Amazon best selling author. She and has been in private practice for over 25 years and is certified as a Spiritual Intelligence Coach through Deep Change. Her focus is on making a positive impact in the world through education in emotional and spiritual development. She works internationally as a coach and an educator. Veronika helps entrepreneurs, authors, coaches and therapist develop their message and learn how to create products, programs and videos to grow their business. She loves doing Spiritual Intelligence, personal and executive coaching as well. She also is the creator and host of Consciousness NOW TV. Read more about Veronika.

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