I'm really stoked that this is catching on. Even mainstream department stores sell posters now that say things like 'be yourself, everybody else is taken.'
It's such a valuable message. To fully trust that who is we are is not only ok, but is actually divinely perfect, is a wonderful realisation. And to live our lives from this basis, from a place of trust (in ourselves and the universe) and wholeness is so life changing and life enhancing. Imagine letting go of all anxieties about our own self worth, and just being. Just being who we already are, without the social mask, without the insecurities, and without the doing all the things we feel we 'should' be doing.
Just being in our own being.
Can you handle it?
You see, when we start listening to our inner wisdom, and living our lives in accordance with our heart's desires, we're putting our 'real' selves out in the world, and that can feel really (really) vulnerable.
Maybe we can handle criticism and conflict when we're playing it safe and acting the way we feel we're 'supposed' to act. But when we take full responsibility for the way we are in the world, and someone doesn't like it, well, ouch. That can hurt (particularly if you're a highly sensitive person).
And let's face it, we live in a world made up of millions of different people, with millions of different perspectives and opinions. Chances are we're going to meet someone who doesn't like or agree with who we are or what we're doing.
So if we're going to live authentically in this world, we need to make room for feeling vulnerable. And for feeling open and raw and exposed to the world. And we need to make room for any emotions that may arise when we live this way, like feeling uncomfortable and anxious.
I'm not saying that these feelings are inevitable, and I'm definitely not trying to ward you off living an authentic life (on the contrary). What I am saying is that when we start to live a heartfelt life, it can feel liberating and beautiful and wonderful, AND it can also feel scary and vulnerable and raw.
Can you allow these feelings to be there? To fully feel the fear and the hurt and the vulnerability, without shying away from them, and without covering up your true self?
Can you acknowledge the difficult emotion ("ahhh.... this is anxiety") and welcome it in?
Can you allow it to be present (because it already is), and sit in the uncomfortableness?
Can you listen to it's message and allow it to come and go in it's own time?
Can you feel this way AND live the authentic life anyway?
What answer do you hear? I'd love to hear the answer in the comments below.