How to Be Authentic
And my mind screams, “But you have to be somebody!” Really? What a torturous thought.
This who I think I should be IS the major block I have to being authentic. It’s scary to be authentic. It’s vulnerable. People will discover how unenlightened I am or how much smarter or wiser I could be.
I’m not even sure what is to be authentic… purely authentic. Where does who ‘I’ am end and where does the influence of the world begin?
This who I should be is a lot of work. I have to hold it up, strive for it, get scared if I’m not it, and generally wrestle with it. It’s heavy!
But, ironically, putting it down is hard. And I put it down anyway, over and over again. It is my daily surrender. I speak my surrender in a little mantra I say to myself: “This is not my life, this is God’s* life.” My life must be a part of something bigger. I wouldn’t be able to tolerate it otherwise.
Daily I offer myself at the ‘feet of the Divine*.’ “This is not my life, this is God’s* life.” In this surrender, I don’t have to be anybody. What a relief.
How do open to your authenticity? Post your comments below. I want to hear from you!
*By ‘God’ or ‘Lord,’ I mean Source, Spirit, Divine Consciousness, the Ground of Being, Universal Presence, that Thing that is everywhere present and cannot be named but can be felt and experienced. That something that is Awareness Itself.