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Speaking your truth

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Satya - Truth, more specifically self-truth.  Is the person you think you are, the person you want to be, consistent with the person you are expressing to the world.  And if not, why not?  What changes could you make in your own life to bring these two to be more in line with one another?  

Finding our truth can be really challenging, and, I believe, a lifelong journey.  We are constantly changing who we are, redefining ourselves, discovering aspects of ourselves that we never knew existed.  And as we peel back the layers of our own awareness, we can become more in tune with our most authentic self.  For me this has been an amazing journey, and every time I think I have it figured out, I realize I have only shed one layer and there are many more discoveries to be had.  The ability to really find our authentic selves can be extremely difficult, and because it is a lifelong journey, many get lost or distracted along the way.  There are a lot of barriers and obstacles that we are often not even aware of, so to follow this path we must be diligent in our pursuit of the path and start to recognize those places where we wander and allow the distractions and barriers to persist/prevail.   

I have found that one of my biggest obstacles has always been the fear of letting other people down.  That to speak my own truth will cause hardships for others, will make others unhappy, will in some capacity cause them to suffer.  This is a problem with one of my fundamental rights.  The right to be here and to be me.  What was an important discovery for me was that the best way to care for the people around me, is to take the best possible care of myself.  To do anything other than speak your truth, is ultimately to live a lie.  This lie then manifests itself, not only physically, but in every aspect of your life.  This lie causes us to start changing our relationships, our daily lives, even start trying to convince ourselves that this lie is true, until every aspect of our life begins to suffer because we are now unable to think, speak, or even act authentically.  This creates a massive burden that we carry on our shoulders (for many of us, quite literally).  So how do we find our truth?  How do we stop this act of violence towards ourselves?  I think it's rests in the moments of stilness we find.  When we're not distracting ourselves with work, with schedules, and to-do lists, or television, or any other other activities that pull us away from awareness in the given moment.  In the moments where we can get quiet and really witness and listen to ourselves.  In that moment when we woke up and thought, I REALLY don't want to go to work today.  This is our higher/authentic self speaking to us.  Don't ignore it.  It's telling us that something needs to change.  That we are donig something that we are not passionate about.  This is when we need to start asking ourselves more intelligent questions.  Why don't I want to go to work?  Am I just wanting to stay in bed today, or is it because I know that my work is literally sucking the life out of me?  So what happens when we get really honest with ourselves, and we realize that something has gone sideways and needs to change?  For many of us this looks a lot like a mid-life crisis.  We quit our jobs, abandon relationshiops, or book a flight to anywhere other than here.  

So I ask you.  What if you could set your life up in such a way, that you no longer felt the need to run away from it?  What would that look like to you?  How would that change your world? 

So WHY AREN'T YOU?  Is it out of some misplaced desire to please other people?  Is it out of a sense of obligation to a corporation, or career, or concern for your employees if you go?  Is it financial?  Because if so, I will let you in on a secret...your money will not ever make you happy.  Those employees/co-workers/employers are working on their own journey and finding their truths, and at the end of the game, when all the chess pieces are put away, they all get put back into the same box, so don't worry about impressing others or living a lie for their sake.  It won't help them in the long run.  This journey is not about one upping each other, having the biggest bank account, most expensive cars, lofts, property, none of that stuff matters.  So if you find yourself right now in a circumstance that is not serving you.  And you have finally heard your higher self telling you this.  If you've found the ability to really listen to it.  Speak it.  Do it now.  Don't wait until tomorrow, because for many of us tomorrow will not come.  Take the leap of faith in yourself, because I assure you, when you do, that weight will be lifted off of your shoulders.  The freedom of being able to be authentically you is powerful.  Life altering.   And even if nothing else changes, you will know that you are a closer version to the person you really want to be - your highest self.  Stay strong on your journey, and don't forget to use the power of your voice.  Speak up. 

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