Hello, my name is Michael Rizk, and my passion is helping people understand the role Identity plays in the process of transformation. Once someone rediscovers their True Self, they restore a positive Identity (self-image), and their Reality
(lifestyle) matches it.
Check out a few blogs I wrote below to help you understand how to heal and transform from the inside-out!
"Our greatest problems cannot be solved, they can only be outgrown." Carl Jung
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPERIENCE FREEDOM?
Despite the goals you want to achieve, what you really want is to be free! Enjoy freedom anyway you'd like:
- Surrendering the need to make others happy and prioritizing your own joy!
- Releasing identification with painful emotions: guilty, anxious, depressed, shameful, angry, superior, etc.!
- Losing weight because you’re happy, without dieting and exercising!
- Liberating yourself from the all-or-none mentality and leading a balanced lifestyle.
- Well-rested, youthful energy, and showing up on time with a :-).
- Caring more about what you think than what other people think!
- Embodying self-acceptance so you can stop trying to prove yourself or be perfect!
- Keeping the promises you make to yourself!
- Doing something that excites and scares you at the same time!
- Enjoying downtime without the guilt of feeling you have to be doing something.
- Releasing the heaviness of a grudge and embracing the lightness of forgiveness!
"Freedom is the byproduct of knowing who you are apart from the painful experiences of your past." Michael Rizk
A LACK OF FREEDOM = IDENTITY CRISIS
SHIFTING IDENTITY TO REACH YOUR GOALS!
What do I want to achieve? That's the wrong question! A better question is: Who do I have to become in order to reach my goals? This shifts the emphasis from the goal to YOU, where the attention deserves to be. The only place it can be for transformation to take place.
Which leads us to the next question: Who are you? Who you think you are, determines whether or not you'll ever be able to receive abundance into your life. Chances are, you've subconsciously defined yourself by the painful experiences of your past, and this has created a limited identity. This is called an identity crisis, and we’re going to help you solve it.
Which brings us to the last question: Who were you before you were wounded? Your True Self, who you are apart from the unpleasant encounters you've endured is UNLIMITED, and this shift in identity will free you and freedom naturally draws your goals to you--no more chasing!
“Tear off the mask. Your face is glorious.” Rumi
HAPPY PEOPLE ARE HEALTHY PEOPLE
Most people believe that once they're healthy, then they'll be happy. This strategy clearly is not working, for anyone. If it were, the phrase "no-pain-no-gain" wouldn't be associated with self-care. Truth is, tying your happiness to anything outside of yourself robs you of your freedom, not to mention, your dignity, joy, and agency too.
The alternative is to be happy now. Though, you may have convinced yourself that you can’t be happy until you reach some goal in the future. We are the story we tell ourselves. Thankfully, we can learn to tell ourselves better stories, surrender old narratives, and embrace new paradigms. Don’t think happiness once you reach your goals, think happiness so that you can reach your goals.
Happiness is not some deep emotion that keeps itself hidden, it’s right at the tip of your nose. It’s the byproduct of an UNLIMITED IDENTITY, and connecting to this part of yourself is the definition of transformation. Once you experience revolution from the inside-out, your perception of change shifts from obligation to opportunity. Then, suddenly, you’ll realize that health is simply what it means to express happiness.
“Abundance is not something we acquire, it’s something we tune into.” Wayne Dyer
NOT IMPROVEMENT, ACCEPTANCE
Dr. Robert Holden brilliantly said: “No level of self-improvement will ever make up for a lack of self-acceptance.” You think that once you lose twenty pounds, have three months savings, and your marriage is thriving, then you’ll accept yourself. If you can't love yourself now, you won't know how to love yourself then either! Even if you could, it would be entirely performance-based and therefore, empty.
Of course, you’ve always had the best of intentions, but when self-improvement does not stem from self-acceptance, it’s self-rejection. Every bit of effort exerted from this space is accompanied by the heaviness of a foundational disapproval for oneself; which is why so few people reach their goals, and the ones who do, have difficulty sustaining them.
Self-acceptance has nothing to do with effort, it’s all about surrendering your need to be right, be perfect, make everyone happy, appear successful, etc. The only way you can let go is to know who you are apart from these things, which means you must embrace your inherent worthiness. When you can do that, it solves your primary problem of an identity crisis, and all of your secondary problems (poor self-image, weight gain, low energy, etc.) fade.
"Show me all the parts of you that you don't love, so I know where to begin." Ava
TAKE THEIR WORD FOR IT
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." Mahatma Gandhi