What is authenticity, what does being authentic really mean? I decided to define authenticity myself and look into how some other good modern folks have defined it, all of which I present here, with my own brief comments added.
Contents of This Article (Clickable Table of Contents)
- 1 Does Being Authentic (Being Yourself) Sound Cool?
- 2 Authenticity Definition no. 1: Soren Lauritzen
- 3 Who Are We, Really?
- 4 A Reminder: This Is Exploration and Explanation, Not “How to”
- 5 Nine More Ways to Define Authentic, Authenticity, and How to Be Yourself
- 6 Authenticity Definition no. 2: The Dictionary
- 7 Authenticity Definition no. 3: Suzanne W. Zoglio
- 8 Authenticity Definition no. 4: Urban Dictionary
- 9 Authenticity Definition no. 5: New World Encyclopedia
- 10 Authenticity Definition no. 6: WikiPedia
- 11 Authenticity Definition no. 7: Michael Kernis and Brian Goldman
- 12 Authenticity Definition no. 8: Polly Campbell
- 13 Authenticity Definition no. 9: Mike Robbins
- 14 Authenticity Definition no. 10: Eric Fromm
- 15 Conclusion
Does Being Authentic (Being Yourself) Sound Cool?
If you’re interested in consciousness, conscious awareness, spiritual and personal development, conscious life design (life alchemy), etc. at some point you’ll reach the conclusion that being self aware (knowing who you really are) plus being authentic (being who you really are) is important. Why?
For many, many reasons (it’s what works best, feels best, etc.) but most of all because you are you and nothing is going to change that, except of course, you.
And, as they say, everyone else is already taken, so you might as well just be yourself – and live life according to who you are. Be happy with yourself. An authentic you, living an authentic life. Sound cool?
The two questions that arise, of course, are WHAT is it, and HOW do we do it? How to define authenticity and being true to yourself, how to practice the art of being yourself?
Well, first off, we’re NOT going to answer the HOW-question in this article, because this is a “WHAT is it?” (authenticity definition) and not a “how to do it” kind of article (which you’ll find in the article how to be yourself).
Secondly, it’s strange that the “how to be authentic” question even arises in the first place, isn’t it? After all, the art of being yourself isn’t actually an art form at all but the simplest thing in the world, isn’t it?
Nope! But it certainly should be, because as logic tells us it’s a lot easier for you to be you than it is for you to be someone else, someone you’re not.
Logic, however, does not take culture, society, teachers, family and friends into consideration. All the expectations and pressures of the outside world. Because the default is just being one of the herd it suddenly requires courage to be yourself (like Shaun the Sheep, that little, lovable, woolly master of nonconformity).
“The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position.”
~ Leo F. Buscaglia ~ (1924-1998), American professor of Special Education, author and motivational speaker.
So, annoyingly, we DO need cojones (yeah, both men and women – and transgender people, too) to be ourselves. But let’s just say that we’ve actually GOT the required amount of balls (or ovaries) – what does being authentic MEAN?
Let’s find out.
Authenticity Definition no. 1: Soren Lauritzen
I take the liberty of leading with my own definition of authentic / authenticity, in the form of a quote:
“Authenticity is consciously choosing to let your identity, your world-view and the life you live reflect that-which-is.
(That-which-is means truth and absolute reality – or at least reality in a not-very-relative but more absolute version).
Or, to put that differently, you’re being authentic when you choose to embody as much of the wholeness that is you as you can.
This likely means letting the Home level of your consciousness (which might be called your “essence”, or “core”, or “intuition”, or “your real/true self”, or even your “soul”) take much of the lead in thoughts, words, deeds, etc., but fully accepting and integrating your not-so-true self (e.g. your ego, dark sides (shadow) and old habits) too – the good, the fun and the ugly.
So, authenticity is being and living from your essence (the Home level of consciousness), but fearlessly and lovingly being ALL of you … and doing it, too.”
~ Soren Lauritzen ~
I am kind of partial to this definition, which is kind of unsurprising.
My focus is on wholeness (“being ALL of you”), because that’s the truth of things: no matter what we been taught and have chosen to believe, we ARE actually whole – always have been, always will be. We cannot NOT be whole … but we can and do BELIEVE that we’re we’re defective, bad, wrong, unimportant, unworthy, and a lot of other bullshit-y things all of which boil down to “not-whole”.
The wholeness that we are includes both altruistic and loving sides AND egotistical and nasty sides, and accepting that is the way to go.
Not just because denying and repressing the truth takes a lot of resources, whereas you avoid stress by being yourself; but also because if you’re reading the texts on this website then you probably want to be ALL you can be and live a full and happy life while being true to yourself; whatever that means in the unique case that is you.
And if that’s what you want, then your primary goal is to realize your inherent wholeness. Not just intellectually, but emotionally, intuitively, bodily, in terms of your beliefs, and in every other way you care to mention.
You see …
To be fully authentic we need the whole package that is us, from the most trust-based, accepting, honest, loving and creative parts (i.e. our essence, our true selves, the Home level of consciousness) to the most fear-based, judgmental, lying, egotistical and destructive parts (i.e. the ugliest parts of our ego).
We need ALL of that to be ourselves, to be authentic, because every part of us has something to contribute, and leaving something out doesn’t work, since if we try to be not-whole, then we cannot be truly authentic.
Obviously we don’t have to act upon every impulse from every part of us – we just have to accept and integrate them, let them find their proper place in the wholeness that is us.
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
~ Joseph Campbell ~ (1904-1987), American author and expert in mythology.
Who Are We, Really?
Logic tells us that it’s really hard to be authentic if we don’t know who we are.
What’s even harder is being authentic if we are not in fact who we think we are (meaning if we THINK and BELIEVE we know who we are, but that belief is incorrect).
Either or both of which, sadly, is probably the case for most of us (at least in the West).
Traditional Western psychology claims that our ego equals who we are, which is an awfully narrow view, and also dead wrong. The subject of identity is huge, so let’s just cut to the chase here and note the following:
– ultimately we are consciousness, as indeed is everything, everywhere
– consciousness is many-layered and multi-dimensional and multi-creative, and so are we
– there is a level which, for us humans, feel like Home (with a capital H), it’s our essence, or core, or soul
– our physical body and ego are small compared to Home
– our ego is just a software program, an artificial intelligence (and only 9 different types of ego exist)
With regards to the authenticity, perhaps the two most important takeaways from all of the above is that everything, including us, is consciousness, and that yes, there is such a thing as our true selves, the true us – our core self or essence (I just call it Home, but some might call it soul), which is one of the many levels of consciousness that we consist of – a rather big one compared to our ego.
This is not just some theory, it’s fact because we can test both of these facts ourselves, we can all EXPERIENCE both of them – and be the wiser, happier and more empowered for it (soul power, baby, yeah!). I know this, because over the years I have not only had the pleasure of traveling in consciousness and experiencing my own essence many times, I have also helped lots of people have the experiences.
You can do it on your own, on inner journeys in consciousness, for example, but it does get a bit easier if you have a helper or facilitator. (I would recommend trying out either ‘The Journey‘ by Brandon Bays, or ‘The Let Go Method‘ by Soren Lauritzen (yours truly).
Or, indeed any other method that lets you examine and experience your own consciousness.
A Reminder: This Is Exploration and Explanation, Not “How to”
Before we move on, I should mention, one more time, that this is an exploratory and explanatory article about being true to yourself, not a ‘how to’ type of deal. In practice this means that,
a) the entertainment value is likely to be lower than the sheer information value, and
b) I aim to make this an “authority article”, so it’ll be long and contain lots of quotes and links (and quite a few comments). Think WikiPedia with a bit more personality and just a touch of humor added to it.
“Like many desirable ways of being, authenticity is not something we have or don’t have. It’s a practice – a conscious choice of how we want to live.
Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”
~ Brené Brown ~ (from: “The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are“). Brené Brown (born 1965) is an American a research professor, author, speaker and and CEO.
Nine More Ways to Define Authentic, Authenticity, and How to Be Yourself
Next, let’s look at what (other) clever people have come up with when they try to define authenticity. I will start with the relatively short authenticity definitions so that when we get to the long ones, and the long quotes, only those readers genuinely interested in the subject need still hang on. 🙂
Please note, however, that I consider ALL of the 10 definitions I present here important in some way. I am not presenting the material in order of importance … with the possible exception of my own definition above (because THAT’S important, right?)
Authenticity Definition no. 2: The Dictionary
Merriam-Webster dictionary states that the subject of our interest is either:
– “authoritative” (this use is considered obsolete), or
– “worthy of acceptance”, or
– “based on fact”, or
– “conforming to an original”, or
– “not false or imitation (real, actual)”, or
– a musical term, or
– “true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character”.
Needless to say, it’s the “not false or imitation” and the true to oneself part that are interesting to us here. (In a moment you’ll see that WikiPedia has used part of this definition in their text, too).
Authenticity Definition no. 3: Suzanne W. Zoglio
Suzanne Willis Zoglio is a Ph.D., executive coach, motivational speaker and author of several books (on teamwork, leadership, dealing with stress, as well as the one I’ll be quoting here):
“When you fashion a life where the decisions you make and the actions you take are considered, deliberate, and in harmony with what’s important to you, you are living an authentic life.”
~ Suzanne Willis Zoglio ~ , from Create A Life that Tickles Your Soul (1999)
So Suzanne Zoglio focuses on ‘what’s important to you’ (and considered, conscious choices). The idea seems to be that you sit down and decide your values, etc. and then proceed to base your decisions, actions and indeed your life on that.
That’s a very mental approach which I myself used a number of years ago, though I didn’t know of Suzanne Zoglio’s work at the time. I’ve since learned that many well-meaning people (even Steve Pavlina who is a shining beacon in the personal development community) base their recommendations about living authentically on a similar approach, often based on us determining what our core values are. Indeed, I’ve even gone through an education as a life coach and business coach which used that approach.
So I’ve been there and done that. Guess what? It didn’t work out for me.
Why? Because that’s just not how being honestly yourself works. Today I know the limitations of just (or: primarily) using your head, no matter how great your mental facilities. The way I see it, this brain-only approach produces a skewed result. Being true to yourself isn’t just living according some intellectual (and perhaps partly emotional) decisions you make about who you are. Human beings are more than just brains. Lots and lots more, actually, and we need to incorporate all of it to be genuinely authentic.
Authenticity Definition no. 4: Urban Dictionary
The frequently amusing and usually very direct Urban Dictionary has this to say about our subject:
“Being who you are, listening to yourself and making your own decisions, rather than buying all the crap society foists on you. Keep it real. (authentic)
Authenticity became his primary value. My dog lives for authenticy.”
I have no comments. 🙂
Authenticity Definition no. 5: New World Encyclopedia
This particular encyclopedia, which is actually a valued old haunt of mine, says the following:
“Authenticity is a philosophical concept that denotes the genuine, original, true state of human existence. The concept arises from the insights that human beings generally live or exist in an inauthentic way and that the genuine sense of self and its relationship with others (including God and/or other people), have been lost. The authentic life is often described as a life of freedom, joy, meaning, value, and happiness.”
Well, I SO agree with that last sentence! The thing is, our default human state is exactly like that (freedom, joy, meaning, value, and happiness). And how do we reach this much vaunted basic state of being?
In my opinion: By letting go. Simply examining and letting go of “all the crap society foists on you”, as Urban Dictionary put it, with the addition of also letting go of all the crappy beliefs, habits and perceived needs, etc. that we have foisted upon ourselves over the years.
Many of our basic tenets and beliefs were formed when we had been less than a handful of years on this Earth, and so they’re obsolete at best, and sometimes even downright damaging to an adult. Examine them, accept them, evaluate them, and then just let most of them go.
Authenticity Definition no. 6: WikiPedia
Being who we really are can also be defined in a slightly more technical manner, as witnessed by our beloved Wikipedia:
“Authenticity is a technical term used in psychology as well as existentialist philosophy and aesthetics (in regards to various arts and musical genres). In existentialism, authenticity is the degree to which one is true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character, despite external pressures (…). A lack of authenticity is considered in existentialism to be bad faith. (…) While authenticity may be a goal intrinsic to “the good life,” it is often a difficult state to actually achieve, due in part to social pressures to live inauthentically and in part to a person’s own character.”
~ Wikipedia ~, on authenticity
Which I feel necessitates another Wikipedia quote, to explain just what’s meant by ‘bad faith’:
“Bad faith (from French mauvaise foi) is a philosophical concept used by existentialist philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir to describe the phenomenon where a human being under pressure from societal forces adopts false values and disowns their innate freedom hence acting inauthentically. It is closely related to the concepts of self-deception and ressentiment.” [Ressentiment is where the ego creates an external ‘enemy’ to blame in order to insulate itself from responsibility and culpability].
~ Wikipedia ~, on bad faith
My takeaway from WikiPedia’s text (apart from the very nice and broad view of the subject) is twofold. One, emphasis is placed on “external, social pressures” and two, when you succumb to those pressures, you engage in “bad faith” and self-deception. And, I suppose, deception of others, too. In other words, you’re not being very nice, not even if you appear to be. If you’re able to just be yourself, on the other hand, you’re being very nice indeed. 🙂
Authenticity Definition no. 7: Michael Kernis and Brian Goldman
Social psychologist and author Michael Kernis (1955-2009) and his compatriot Brian Goldman are university fellows who have studied the subject extensively. Here’s what they conclude (heavy language warning!):
“We define authenticity as the ‘‘unimpeded operation of one’s true or core self in one’s daily enterprise.’’ Our framework distinguishes four interrelated components of authentic functioning: awareness, unbiased processing, behavior, and relational orientation. (…) We reported research indicating that higher dispositional authenticity relates to many aspects of adaptive functioning, including problem focused coping strategies, mindfulness, positive role functioning, healthy aspects of self concept structure, hedonic and eudaimonic well being, authentic goal pursuits, and low verbal defensiveness. In addition, higher dispositional authenticity relates to higher couple satisfaction and functioning.
~ Michael H. Kernis and Brian M. Goldman ~, from A Multicomponent Conceptualization of Authenticity: Theory and Research (2006)
In other (less academic) words …
When compared to the average Jane or Joe, authentic people tend to:
– be more mindful
– be better at solving problems
– be better at doing what they need to do
– have a healthy self image and good self esteem
– feel content and happy
– be good at getting what they want
– not feel the need to defend themselves in conversations
– also, they are more content in relationships and make better partners
And finally, according to Kernis and Goldman authenticity is simply “the unimpeded operation of one’s true or core self in one’s daily enterprise.”
That’s a brief and elegant way to define it.
As is more or less obvious from the Soren Lauritzen quote I started out with, my definition goes along the same lines as that of Kernis and Goldman, though I choose to talk about “letting your identity, your world-view and the life you live reflect that-which-is”, “embodying as much of the wholeness that is you as you can”, and “being and living from your essence (the Home level of consciousness), but fearlessly and lovingly being ALL of you … and doing it, too”.
Authenticity Definition no. 8: Polly Campbell
Somewhere on a different part of the (imaginary) scale we find author, blogger and speaker Polly Campbell who deliberately writes the way she talks, which makes for a nice change of pace. This is the Polly Campbell quote I have chosen:
“To be genuine and authentic is to merge who you are – the characteristics, qualities, values, skills, flaws, and passions you hold within – with how you behave. What you hold within is reflected in how you move through the world. It is all of you. (…) On the surface, it may feel easier and more comfortable to keep quiet, play the part, go along, follow the rules – even when you don’t agree. More convenient to simply nod your head or ignore or deny or suppress. Less troublesome. Right? We learn this often as children: Don’t be too noisy, don’t throw a fit, don’t share your feelings, because that could be uncomfortable and boy, we wouldn’t want that. If you are quirky or different or unique – and come on, we all are – it’s best to keep it to yourself; (…) We learn to stay guarded. Take the responsible job, rather than the one we’ve always wanted to do. We tamp down our excitement, quiet our love (…), suppress our needs because we want to fit in and we don’t want to feel bad. So we choose a role that provides social comfort and good manners over vitality and aliveness and connectedness. (…) When we are living out of alignment, we go through life careful and cautious, rather than alive and awesome.”
~ Polly Campbell ~, from How to Live an Awesome Life: How to Live Well, Do Good, Be Happy (2015)
Polly Campbell chooses to see being authentic as merging what’s inside you with how you act. She also manages to convey that NOT being who you really are (“living out of alignment”) is the general default choice for most people, whereas authentically being who you really are makes you “alive and awesome”. I do agree.
Authenticity Definition no. 9: Mike Robbins
Mike Robbins is a corporate trainer, keynote speaker, blogger and author whose book, as you will see, has an unusually nuanced and clear quality. Here’s a Mike Robbins quote:
“Fundamentally, authenticity is about you being you — fully. It’s about being yourself — understanding, owning, acknowledging, appreciating, and expressing all of who you are — both the light and the dark. Being authentic is one of the most challenging yet important aspects of our growth as human beings. It involves being totally honest about ourselves and with others. When we’re authentic, we’re vulnerable, aware, open, curious, and truthful above all else. We’re in touch with our thoughts and our feelings, our doubts and our fears, our dreams and our passions, and so much more. When we’re authentic, we’re also able to own up to it when we’re being phony. (…)
Although there are many things we can do and say that are authentic, and much of what we’ll discuss throughout this book focuses on action, real authenticity is actually as much about being as it is about doing. When we’re being authentic, the words we say, the choices we make, and the actions we take will likely and easily be in line and congruent with our true selves.
Personal authenticity is not about proving anything to anyone; it’s about being ourselves from our core. What’s true for us is true for us, and when we know it and feel it within us, it doesn’t need to be defended — just owned and ultimately lived.
The Benefits of Being Authentic
When we tell the truth and live our lives in an authentic way the benefits are profound. Authenticity can allow us to disentangle ourselves from much of our own pain and suffering, which frees us up to say, do, be, experience, and go for the things we really want in life. Here are some of the many benefits of being authentic:
• Confidence in yourself and a willingness to pursue your passions
• Freedom from things that hold you back — worry, excuses, other people’s opinions, manipulation, avoidance, and more
• Improved health, decreased stress, and increased energy
• Enhanced connection with yourself and others
• Peace of mind
• Self-acceptance, self-appreciation, and self-love
These and so many other wonderful things become possible when we have the courage to tell the truth, be ourselves, and live with real authenticity.”
~ Mike Robbins ~ from Be Yourself Everyone Else Is Already Taken – Transform Your Life with the Power of Authenticity (2009)
Mike Robbins’ list of benefits of being authentically yourself echoes my own, longer list here [LINK UPCOMING] (though Mike made his list before I made mine).
Like Polly Campbell Mike Robbins also manages to convey that we need to align what’s inside with what we express and do, and he adds honesty, but furthermore, much to my delight, he also focuses on wholeness. We really do need to accept and integrate both the light and the dark to be whole and authentic.
Authenticity Definition no. 10: Eric Fromm
Now, the final “contestant” isn’t actually completely modern in terms of chronological time, since he wrote the book I’m going to quote back in 1941. But his mind and prose are clear, and the book is almost as easily read today as it was back during World War Two. Erich (Seligmann) Fromm (1900-1980) was a German social psychologist, sociologist and humanistic philosopher. He is actually specifically mentioned further down in the WikiPedia article I quoted earlier:
“He [Fromm] considered behavior of any kind, even that wholly in accord with societal mores, to be authentic if it results from personal understanding and approval of its drives and origins, rather than merely from conformity with the received wisdom of the society.”
~ WikiPedia ~ on Authenticity, part about Erich Fromm
That only just begins to cover the Frommean view of authenticity, though. It barely scratches the surface.
Fromm describes modern man (in the economically strong and politically “free” democracies) as THINKING he is free because he has political freedom and reasonable economical safety, but actually modern man has suppressed large parts of himself (like his feelings and spontaneity) and has lost his connection to nature/life as well as to himself and the process of creativity-as-self-expression.
He no longer knows what he wants or desires, and his choices are almost entirely dictated by his surroundings, rather than any inner sense of truth or authenticity.
Thus, his life becomes empty and meaningless, he feels powerless (and he is ripe for manipulation of the worst kind).
So, out of fear, confusion and loneliness modern man has actually exchanged one type of slavery (obedience to authority, be it patriarchs, kings or priests) with another type of slavery – a “rational-with-no-feelings” image and the need to conform and “succeed” economically so as to get external confirmation.
In other words, modern man has started valuing individuality rather than family or tribe, but has not (yet) reached the point where his freedom is actually the freedom to be unique, authentic and creatively in sync with life/nature.
Fromm has noticed that when working, loving and living what matters most (and produces a feeling of meaning and happiness) is NOT money or “the illusory happiness called success” but rather “the activity as such, the process and not the result” and so he emphasizes “man’s spontaneous action” as well as “the realization of man’s total personality” as the things to aim for. Because “there is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself.” Here we go with the Erich Fromm quote:
“What then is the meaning of freedom for modern man?
He has become free from the external bonds that would prevent him from doing and thinking as he sees fit. He would be free to act according to his own will, if he knew what he wanted, thought, and felt. But he does not know. He conforms to anonymous authorities and adopts a self which is not his. The more he does this, the more powerless he feels, the more he is forced to conform. In spite of a veneer of optimism and initiative, modern man is overcome by a profound feeling of powerlessness (…) If life loses its meaning because it is not lived, man becomes desperate. (…)
We [Eric Fromm] believe (…) that man can be free and yet not alone, critical and yet not filled with doubts, independent and yet an integral part of mankind. This freedom man can attain by the realization of his self, by being himself. (…)
We believe that the realization of the self is accomplished not only by an act of thinking but also by the realization of man’s total personality, by the active expression of his emotional and intellectual potentialities. These potentialities are present in everybody; they become real only to the extent to which they are expressed. In other words, positive freedom consists in the spontaneous activity of the total, integrated personality. (…)
The basic dichotomy that is inherent in freedom—the birth of individuality and the pain of aloneness—is dissolved on a higher plane by man’s spontaneous action. (…)
Whether or not we are aware of it, there is nothing of which we are more ashamed than of not being ourselves (…)
(…) what matters is the activity as such, the process and not the result. In our culture the emphasis is just the reverse. We produce not for a concrete satisfaction but for the abstract purpose of selling our commodity; (…) The emphasis thus shifts from the present satisfaction of creative activity to the value of the finished product. Thereby man misses the only satisfaction that can give him real happiness—the experience of the activity of the present moment—and chases after a phantom that leaves him disappointed as soon as he believes he has caught it—the illusory happiness called success.
If the individual realizes his self by spontaneous activity and thus relates himself to the world, he ceases to be an isolated atom; he and the world become part of one structuralized whole; he has his rightful place, and thereby his doubt concerning himself and the meaning of life disappears. This doubt sprang from his separateness and from the thwarting of life; when he can live, neither compulsively nor automatically but spontaneously, the doubt disappears. He is aware of himself as an active and creative individual and recognizes that there is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself.”
~ Erich Fromm ~, from Escape from Freedom (1941)
In my opinion Eric Fromm’s early seminal work is just as relevant today as it was in 1941. Not many texts hold up that well over time.
Sadly, the relentless hunt for external “success” has only grown more ubiquitous and intense since then. Instead of wanting to be who we really are and express that, we think we want money, status, power, fame and other external things – all of which are inherently meaningless.
Fromm’s point is that only by living in the now and expressing who we really are through the activities we do (independently of the expectations and norms of our surroundings) can we feel truly alive and experience real happiness. This is as true today as it was back in 1941.
“I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”
~ Joseph Campbell ~ (1904-1987), American author and expert in mythology.
I started out by asking what being authentic really means, and ten definitions of it later it’s pretty clear that it includes:
– consciously choosing honesty, truth and that-which-is (reality in a not-so-relative, but more absolute version) internally in ourselves as well as externally towards the world (meaning no more self deceit, no more pretending and no more showing others some image or mask, etc.)
– getting self aware by examining who we think and believe we are, versus who we actually are
– shedding (letting go of) most of who we believe we are (because it’s either been “foisted upon us” from our surroundings, or because it’s old, outdated and mistaken beliefs which we took on when we were small kids)
– shedding our belief in the value of all the red herrings of external “success” (power, money, status, fame, material possessions, etc.)
– getting to know our true selves (core, essence, intuition, soul, the Home level of consciousness), preferably by personal experience
– realizing our true selves by letting them play a role in our lives which is in accordance with their relative “size” compared to other parts of us (meaning: our essence is much bigger than our ego and physical body put together, so it should play a bigger role in our lives)
– moving into the wholeness that is and always has been who we are … by examining, accepting and integrating ALL elements and parts of who we are, including our shadow sides
– expressing who we are and doing things because it feels like the right things to do
– focusing on being present here and now and enjoying the creative process of doing those things that are right for us to do
– living our daily lives in full accord with all of the above
Putting all of that differently:
We’ll benefit from choosing honesty and reality, dropping all pretense and old misunderstandings, realizing our inherent wholeness and our essence (core, Home level of consciousness), living in the now, and expressing our true selves through our actions.
I wish you the very best of luck being all of the true you and doing it too! 🙂
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