There’s a quote by the author, Lynn Hall that says:
‘We didn’t change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.’
This is the point I made in, ‘Sculpting Your True Self’.
Juxtapose that with this quote by the French philosopher, Henri Bergson:
‘To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.’
Given a quick pass, these two passages might seem to compete with one another.
I think not.
I believe both adages perfectly describe why we’re here.
You are Born Pure
You came into the world with your core essence.
You’re essence is who you are. It’s your heart. It’s your truth and your light. It’s your life force and your inner most self.
When you were born, your essential nature was untaught, untarnished and unblemished. It’s an innate part of you, like the color or the scent of your skin.
It’s the sum of all your parts.
The astonishingly brilliant thing about the authentic you is that you arrived equipped with everything you’ll ever need for your journey here; all the answers, every insight and bit of wisdom you could ever possibly require, along with an endlessly open heart, willing to give and receive.
Your essence is your spirit, your soul, if you will.
Your Life’s Mission
Think of your Life as a treasure hunt. The treasure chest holds every gift you could ever imagine, returning you to your truth.
With all the excitement and anticipation of a child, you set off on this adventure called Life, thinking, ‘This is going to be so much fun. I can’t wait to get started. I can’t wait to live my Life…’
You’re outfitted with an internal guide book, your intuition. This travel guide offers infinite routes, so you’re sure to get anywhere you wish to go. The paths are the immeasurable choices and consequences you’ve made.
Your purpose is to uncover, discover, and reconnect to your essence. Your treasure is waiting for you to unearth it, so you can reconcile yourself with who you truly are, discovering exactly why you’re here.
Your sole purpose is to remember your truth. This is your soul purpose, as well. Your sole purpose is your soul purpose.
Who says the Universe doesn’t have a sense of humor?
Wandering Off the Path
During your pursuit you probably wondered, ‘I thought this quest was going to be fun. I was looking forward to finding myself. How did I end up here? When did I wander off the path? How did I end up farther away from who I am, rather than finding my truth?’
The answer is all too simple. From the day you were born you were given a myriad of messages.
It may have been an incessant stream of missives telling you that you’re bad, inadequate or that you’ve done something wrong.
It’s possible you were told that you’re a good girl or boy and that you didn’t want to disappoint your parents or make them sad or angry.
You’re told to ‘do this’, ‘don’t do that’ and the dreaded, ‘be careful’, ‘No’ or ‘don’t get hurt’.
Maybe you were indoctrinated by your family, care-givers, friends, educators and coaches into believing that you’re ‘not good enough’.
As you matured, your spirit absorbed the negative propaganda from bullies, your boss, co-workers, ‘the Joneses’, media and the culture in which you were raised.
You drank it up. You bought into the fact that you’re incapable and limited and less than. You may have even adopted their messages as your own.
You built walls and put on your armor to protect yourself and keep others at bay. You encased yourself in marble, along with your hopes and long-forgotten dreams.
While it seemed like you had no other choice, these actions only imprisoned you.
You lost sight of the truths you were born into this world with;
- that you are whole,
- that you are enough,
- that you are capable of loving, as well as being loved and
- that you are worthy, proven by the very fact that you’re here.
How to Break Free
So, how do you break free from these constraints, so you can return to your truth?
In the words of Yoda from Star Wars:
‘You must unlearn what you have learned.’
Wounded by your fears, you fear failure. You fear change. You’re shackled by your limiting beliefs regarding challenges you face.
Failing brings you closer to who you were meant to be. You learn the most about who you are, what you’re about and what you believe in when you falter.
Your essence doesn’t change, but that doesn’t mean you get a free ride. It’s your job to challenge and test yourself. You’re meant to evolve.
Strip away what isn’t real and grow into who you truly are.
You can feel this, too. This experience is available to everyone and it’s free.
It’s your mission to push past your fears and pick-up the chisel. Get closer and closer to who you are by chipping away the marble and breaking down your walls.
It’s your life’s work to:
- Uncover the hidden. Reveal the mystery within.
- Seek your truth. Prove your strength, in mind as well as body.
- Challenge yourself. Question your beliefs. Ask ‘Why?’ and ‘Why not?’
- Connect to that which brings you joy. Let the child within play and explore.
- Drop your guard. Release that which you no longer need.
- Test your grit. Make your strength known to yourself and others.
- Develop your tenacity and determination. Stay the course.
- Share your thoughts. Share your gifts. Allow yourself to feel vulnerable.
- Don’t wuss out. Push yourself a little farther than you’d usually go.
- Find your voice. Speak up. Unearth and make known.
- Try new things. Give, grow, liberate and expand.
- When you get knocked down, pick yourself up and get back in the game.
Life is all about testing yourself and freeing yourself so you can return to you, and your truth.
You were born into this world whole, good enough, worthy, capable of loving and being loved. Why else would you be here?
T.S.Eliot said it best when he said,
‘In my beginning is my end.’
Do you need to return to your truth? Have you already re-connected with your genuine self? If so, how did you do that? What did you do to discover the treasure chest in your Life?
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