As you start to become authentic and let yourself be free, it's like a light starts to shine out of you everywhere you go.
Most people have been hiding in the dark caves of their limited self-images for decades, so when they're suddenly exposed to the light of your authenticity + freedom, it's like a flashlight shining in their eyes; they'll immediately want to dim your light.
Because your light exposes their conditioning. It exposes that they've been hiding their true self for decades, and it forces them to see themselves, which is very uncomfortable. So your presence will subconsciously make them feel insecure.
Depending on the person, they will either be inspired by your light, look at who they really are and come out into their own light. Or they will have to dismiss your energy mentally. And the easiest way to dismiss someone is to paint a negative picture of them in your mind.
So they'll perceive you as a "show off" or assume that you're trying hard to stand out, because they have no other way of making sense of your freedom. Of course they won't say this. You'll notice it in a subtle snicker or subtle joke when you dance, sing, or express yourself in a way that makes them uncomfortable.
In a subtle way that hides their insecurity, they'll try to undermine you. To pull you back down to their level as if to say "You're not better than me so stop acting like it."
Most people will quickly 'dim their light' to make these people feel more comfortable around them. But as Marianne Williamson said, 'Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.'
We got it backwards, man we screwed up.
'Cause we got kids inside of classrooms and their brains are getting chewed up.
By some adults. Who grew up in a cult. Where they memorize textbooks and think they can try to school us.
So tell me who's smart? And who's dumb?
Who needs teaching? Grown-ups or children?
Let it be known, it was Soul Flow who said we needa have adult schools and have the kids just school us.
On how to be free
and how to play and how to dance and how to laugh and
how to be me.
Observe silently and you will recognize real from pretend.
Life is fleeting, Our stories are also fleeting. Left rarely on paper for others to read and learn from And more often only in the hearts of those we are brave enough to love, Brave enough to open up to. We have one life and it is short, One chance and then it is gone. Moments are small windows of opportunity that may never ever come again. Do not take one moment of it for granted, Embrace the elation of any moment, Surrender completely to the happiness of any moment, Don't be scared of consequences, Don't overthink everything, Don't let the fear guide you, Don't ever limit yourself. Let your heart lead the way, Live fiercely, Live without regrets, Live your life with joy and laughter ...
#courage Courage definitely lies in exhibiting the bravery outside, In situations hostile. However, greater courage lies in looking deep within. Oneself. Where the true demons hide. In a world, full of people who are coated and smeared, Where putting the blame on someone else is not rare, Unmasking the self, standing bare in your truth Is a virtue not many possess, and many more overlook. Seldom does someone come along, singing in their own tune, their original song. And when you find a person such, know that you are looking at someone who, in my opinion is COURAGEOUS!!
I love meditating and journeying alike. Yesterday when I was meditating upon a Nautilus shell and I asked for a message from the shell, these words of wisdom were presented to me: 'In the beginning, there was NOTHING. Only darkness. And then this whole universe was created out of that nothingness. Similarly, when you find yourself in the midst of nothing, or you feel that you are nothing, or that life is nothing and it's going nowhere, know. Know that it's your chance to CREATE What ever you wish for yourself. Take the time and birth something you would like. Build. Grow. Expand.'
For those of you who don't know what a Nautilus shell Is, it is also known as the Living shell. Because it exists for over 500 million years. Holding all the wisdom and the mysteries of the universe and nature as it grows. While at the centre of the Shell, these words of wisdom made so much sense to me.
Aren't there times in our lives too, when we feel low and empty. As if there is nothing left to life. As if this could be the darkest period. And in those moments, we always have a choice. A choice to either drown in the darkness or a choice to truly understand the blessing and meaning of that darkness and plant a seed to birth and nurture! It is in those darkest moments, and the choices that we make, that shape us and our reality. Instead of drowning, let's choose differently. Let's choose to open up and look at what can we change. Wbat can be learned and how can we create something from this space of gestation. Much love. Blessed Be..
Oftentimes I have come across people who are struggling to figure out what the opposite sex wants. In the pursuit of finding love and romance! The notion that understanding what the other wants is going to bring them Iove needs to be clarified.
Here someone is trying to put so much importance on someone who apparently isn't in their life, for whom all the efforts are being put. Just to find the right one. However, what happens when you indeed find someone after putting all the efforts? Do you think someone would still continue doing what they did to place a bait. Majority of the times, this doesn't happen and then we are back to normal. And then, alas! Another failure or tough relationship.
So what do you think, we are doing wrong here? Hmm. Not that difficult to answer, is it? By focusing our attention on the other, we ignore our self completely. We place so much importance and priorities on the other that we cease to believe that we exist too. However, isn't doing that giving away your power? To someone who probably even isn't in our life yet!!!
On the other hand, taking back the power and becoming aware of our own self, our needs and wants, expectations and desires, we become clear and complete in a beautiful way. When we are able to speak our truth without any fear or judgement, when we know what makes and breaks us, that, is kind of powerfully beautiful. And operating from that space of self assurance and confidence automatically ensures that the right one, the one who will appreciate us for what we are and add value to our life and relationship, comes about. Thus, I say, be aware of your self. Understand yourself. And when you are aware of your own self, the right one will come along. Be raw. Be authentic. Be wild. Be free. Be open and be honest. For being YOU is awesome and so unique. Because beauty is Bold.
Disclaimer: When you get involved in the process of getting to know yourself better, many layers of past hurt and pain will come up. The key is to keep at it. Shed the load. And in the process of things and people fall apart or fall off, know that something and someone much better and deserving is on their way. Fill the void with self acceptance. And know that you deserve the best. No settling for less and no more diluting your self worth.
I have come across many people complaining about situations where they feel deprived or hurt or even neglected because they *THINK* the other is not fulfilling their expectations. Is that the case with you too? Halt. Think. Did you let them know what you expect? If someone doesn't know what you want them to do, is there any chance that they might just do it on their own. As if someone's got the supernatural ability to read your mind. No. Doesn't work this way.
Let people know what you expect. And then, let them decide if they can live up to that. Is it okay for them to live upto that. If Yes, great! You get what you want. If no, you at least get to know their side of the story and you get to choose. If the person is worth your time and efforts. Be open people. Be authentic. Open up and see how this simple thing changes it all.
Women! There is a lot going around with the need to empower women. And raise the bar for them. Many people are coming out in the open to talk about feminism. Am I going to do the same? No. I am going to talk about women, as I have learned about them. Considering the work that I do and the spiritual practices that I am in, let me present a different angle here.
In cultures all across the world, the Goddesses have been portrayed with various qualities and skills. Which makes me wonder, if women have always been so powerful and in balance, then where is the need to empower them? Look at Goddess Kali, the epitome of Energy, strength and power. Look at Goddess Isis, the eternal example of what a wife and a mother can do, once she decides. Look at Goddess Pele, the most prominent example of Fire and passion. And now for the nurturing ones, take for example Mother Mary, the divine mother. Or Quan Yin, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. Or the goddess of the arts, Saraswati. Or the ones who provide abundance like Goddess Lakshmi, Abunduntia, Sedna!
While these goddesses portray different qualities and characteristics, one common thing among each one is this - THEY DON'T NEED TO BE EMPOWERED. All that these Goddesses have in common is this: THEY DID NOT FEAR TO SHOW WHAT THEY TRULY WERE. They embraced their power, be it the gentle love and care or the fierce fights and volcanoes or the ability to give. They simply embraced and accepted it for what it truly was. If this is not enough, take a look around you. The women who aren't afraid of what and who they truly are, are the ones who come across as influential as well as a role model. Sushmita Sen. An example. Mother Teressa, another.
The one thing we all need to understand is this: anyone, doesn't need any empowerment. Each one of us is empowered in our own ways. We are all created in the same light. We just need to shed the fears and insecurities around our power and own it completely. That's all.