During our most impressionable years we unconsciously pick up patterns in order to shield us from pain. These patterns play out overtime and negatively affect our lives. Essentially we walk around with these collected "protective shells," keeping us from our true essence. We are not meant to live from this space — we are meant to live from our most authentic, whole and vulnerable selves. By bringing awareness to the root of these patterns, we can be free to release them and make space for our true self expression.