“Authenticity: Add your unique ingredients to the mix. Be real. Express yourself. Uncloak your originality and manifest your pure potential.” You possess gifts and perspectives which distinguish you from any other human who ever walked on the earth. While you may notice and appreciate some of your aptitudes, you may take others for granted because they seem normal and thus unremarkable to you. The blueprint of your gifts becomes visible when you embrace everything you bring to this life and pay attention to what comes effortlessly for you.
Many children learn to avoid authenticity in hopes of feeling welcomed by family and/or peers, and sometimes even in order to stay safe and get necessary care. You may have felt obligated to shelve your wants, needs, and feelings so you could attend to another family member or crisis. Even if you did not experience family tension, society promotes prioritizing others over yourself. Continuously pushing yourself aside disconnects you from your authenticity.
You may need to excavate below layers of false self to reunite with your authentic self and your yearnings. First you might need to give yourself permission to make yourself a priority which will support both your internal and external commitments more sustainably. Then notice what brings you joy and a sense of connection. You may have to learn to play again so you can reconnect to your curiosity about what resonates for you. Your full potential transcends roles such as good child, parent, sibling, or employee.
Expressing yourself means you admit and honor your wants, needs, and feelings plus you connect to your creativity. While it may seem difficult, even overwhelming, the resulting freedom makes it worth it. Maybe you start the blog, support the cause, stand in your knowing, or quit your engineering job at IBM to become a healer (I did, anyway!). Maybe you sing, dance, make music, write, sculpt, garden, or sew. Whatever calls to you, bring your unique energy and enthusiasm into everything you do.
In Jin Shin Jyutsu® acupressure, when you harmonize “trying to” you can more readily reveal your authenticity both verbally and in your actions. The “trying to” self-helps include Heart and Small Intestine Organ Functions, Safety Energy Locks 24 to 26, and your pinkie finger.
How do you connect to your authenticity? What obstacles remain?
The authenticity quote comes from The Original Angel Card Book – Inspirational Messages and Meditations by Kathy Tyler and Joy Drake.