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THE COURAGE TO BE OUR SELF “It is not ego to discover and explore our self. It is the ego to try to be something else.” Janet StraightArrow
From the time we are born we twist and turn our self to fit into the desires of someone else. For us to stop this pattern is revolutionary, scary, and great fun. It takes courage to be a rebel to what is expected, in innocence, love, and happiness, instead of fear of being accepted.
We are born feeling vulnerable to parents and adults for our care and nurturing. We soon learn to respond to expectations to receive what we want and need. Eventually, we learn to be concerned and change our behaviors to avoid being judged and attacked if we do not please them.
Well, enough of that. As adults, we change our focus consciously to see where we have been turned away from being us. Learn to be reflective and confident enough to listen inside. Inside is where we find our center of truth and love. This adventure is well worth breaking through the resistance and fear of acceptance, to develop awareness of our true self.
Positivity can awaken everything. Positive is always supportive and forward-focused for best results. Negativity is against life and us and breaks us down in doubt and blame and keeps us stuck in boxes of illusion and pain.
We are all unique and share the same humanity, differently. When we wait for someone else to agree with us this defeats our purpose of finding the truth of us.
Looking to fit in is normal, and yet it separates us more and is a delicate balance to explore. I remember studying with a Zen Buddhist monk and congregation leader, in a small group one snowy night. Because of this more intimate group, he took the time with us individually and asked us why we are here?
A young woman, not raised with any spirituality or religion, was looking to “be something” by believing in a tradition. When he asked me, I said, I was here to find my true self through the teachings and practices.
Both are valid looking at our age and experience. When we begin the journey to us, we look for where we fit in as we explore other realities while we are breaking free of our past. Eventually, we find we are not a group or religion and use meditation and other tools and teachings to find our inner truth and love.
Be you. It is a lifelong journey and well worth it. We find groups and traditions along the way that lead us to discover more. Remember to hold true to you no matter what others think or do.
Begin to do your best to be present, open, and curious enough to explore more, and learn to follow your innate wisdom.
There are abundant teachings and support to assist you on your unique journey here at Be The Medicine in classes and sessions with Janet.
Enjoy the Journey,
Be The Medicine, Live the Power of You!
“HUMBLE LIVING OUR PURPOSE. True humility is being yourself. The Dahli Lama is humble because he stepped into his role and purpose and lives it. Whoever you are and whatever you came into this body to live, embrace it fully. This is where the gold is. As we surrender to our true self and mission it is humbling for sure. The greatest purpose is to be love in all bodies. Namaste.” Janet StraightArrow Be The Medicine Soul Shamanism Path to You