To be or not to be…who you really are

It’s the one thing we long for and fear at the same time- to be a totally naked soul, revealed and shining before the world.  Each of us has a secret desire to just be who we are without all of the constraints, masks, and roles we assign to our different ‘selves.’ I’ve spoken about this before, but it bears repeating because it is such an important spiritual lesson to be learned.

Not only do we want to be revealed for who we are, we have a deep desire to be accepted and absolutely loved as our true selves.  Every day we tell lies, pretending to be one thing or another to those around us and to ourselves. We pile on thick layers of makeup, designer clothing, or even a uniform.

“If anyone knew who I really am, no one would like me.”

Who among us hasn’t heard that thought, echoing through their mind?  It’s a game we play with ourselves. One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from author and speaker, Marianne Williamson and is as follows:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

I am here to tell you that you are a beautiful soul, and nothing will ever be able to cover up who you truly are to those who see through the eyes of the heart. It is an amazing thing to look into the eyes of another human being and recognize the struggle to be or not to be who they really are inside. To see your fellow human beings not as the roles they play or the outfit they chose to wear that day, but as souls on a journey is an amazing feeling. I know because I have felt this very feeling. In my quiet moments, I look around and I see beautiful souls, wandering around, searching for their place, and in some cases their own identity. It is humbling, and it can open your heart in a way that you may not expect.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” ~Plato

In all that you do, the most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. You are surrounded by people who come into your life for a reason- without a doubt. You are also walking with Spirit, whether you are aware of it or not.

Engage in life’s mysteries. Seek out teachers who are willing to share their knowledge, and know that you, too, are also their teacher. We gain nothing by hiding underneath our beds, only peeking out from the duvet from time to time. Don’t be afraid of who you are.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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~ by healingstarspirit on December 11, 2012.

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