©Copyright: All Rights Reserved, Laurie Geary, 2002
To be AUTHENTIC = genuine, veritable, bona fide, being actually and precisely
what is claimed; not imaginary or false (Webster's Dictionary):
What does being authentic mean to you? Words that come to mind: being
centered or present…in the moment… feeling joyful, loving
– at peace with the universe. I know when I’m being authentic
I feel confident, focused, energized, creative, and playful. When I am
authentic I am congruent with my feelings and thoughts and behaviors;
when I am authentic I express myself honestly and freely; when I am authentic
I have the best chance to reach my potential, to connect with my passion,
to create my perfect life, and to become fulfilled and self actualized.
Being authentic is the Real Me, my true Self I believe that living my
true, whole Self is the only way to be happy and at peace. Finding and
expressing my authentic self is crucial to achieving high self esteem.
Authenticity cuts through our layers of defense. Like peeling the layers
off an onion, when we are authentic we peel off the layers of our false
self when we feel safe enough to express our honest feelings and thoughts.
It takes courage to be authentic because we open ourselves up to criticism,
confrontation, and negative feedback. The Authentic Me is open and vulnerable
and raw – totally present to the moment.
The Authentic Me is unique; there is no one else like me in the whole
universe. According to Martin Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness
we become most authentic when we recognize and tap into our "signature
strengths" – our unique characteristics. And it is only by
tapping into our signature strengths that we achieve authentic happiness..
Yet being authentic means expressing all my feelings, not just happy ones.
Feelings of sadness, anger, disappointment, embarrassment, and frustration
are all parts of whom we are. It may be more difficult to express these
feelings, yet we will feel more connected to ourself when we express what’s
WHAT IS REAL? (by Margery Williams from THE VELVETEEN RABBIT)
What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day when they were lying side
by side near the nursery fender before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does
it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick out handle?
REAL isn't how you are made" said the Skin Horse. It's a thing that
happens to you. When a child loves your for a long,long time, then you
Sometime, said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful, when you are
REAL you don't mind being hurt.
Does it happen all at once, like being wound up, he asked, or bit by bit?
It doesn't happen all at once, said the Skin Horse. You become. It takes
a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily,
or have sharp edges, or have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time
you are REAL, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop
off, and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things
don't matter at all because once you are REAL you can't be ugly, except
to people who don't understand
Are you REAL? Do YOU really know yourself? Are you in touch with what
you really want? need? value? love? Can you ask for what you want? Can
you say NO to what you don’t want? Are you aware of your preferences?
your interests? Are you happy with your choices? your decisions? are you
congruent with your thoughts/feelings and behaviors? are you able to express
feelings that may elicit negative reactions from others? Who are you,
Nothing shapes our lives so much as the questions we ask. Questions demand
an answer; questions create a gap that needs to be filled. When we ponder
a question an answer will eventually come to us.
Finding our authentic self is difficult for most of us and more so for
girls/women. Years of pressure to conform to familial and societal and
cultural expectations cause women to lose sight of whom they really are
and to lose touch with what they really want and need. Women are conditioned
to care for others first… to put their needs second…thus becoming
alienated to themselves.
Researcher Carol Gilligan, author of In a Different Voice, found that
girls lose their voice at about age thirteen. Girls become afraid to speak
up for fear of losing their boyfriends. They are willing to give up their
authenticity in order to be in relationship with HIM.
Gregg Levoy, author of Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life,
also found that girls (women) end up trading their authenticity for what
they perceive as survival, terrified to swap security for their heart’s
deep desires… in order to become authentic, (women) have to give
up something dear: a job, a house, a relationship, a belief, a lifestyle,
security, money, precious time. To be authentic we need to believe that
what we gain is worth the price of what we lose. There are people who
choose superficiality over authenticity because the price is too dear.
When we are young our parents make clear their expectations. We want to
be loved and we want to please. Our significant others (parents, family,
friends, colleagues, community..) let us know what we can do to please
them. The more we please them by molding ourselves to their images of
us, the more we lose touch with our true Selves. Many people are not even
aware that they are not Real (Authentic). Thus, awareness is the first
step to finding one’s authenticity.
For me it has been easier to be aware when I am not authentic;
in comparison I can then know what is being authentic. I have learned
to notice the symptoms when I am out of touch with my Self…when
I am feeling disconnected, alienated, false or "fake." And,
I have gradually become aware that I pay a big price when I am not authentic.
"Costs" to living the unAuthentic Life:
- Psychosomatic symptoms: headaches, ulcers, anxiety, sleeplessness,
lack of energy,
- Disconnection from self; false self: others don’t know the Real
Me (nor do I)
- Others take advantage of me by asserting their needs over mine
- Feelings of boredom, unease, unhappiness, sadness, depression
- Low self esteem
- Destructive behaviors: alcohol, drugs, sex, conflict avoidance, unassertive
- Dishonesty; being out of Integrity.
I think I lost touch with my Self early on. As a little girl I was very
shy and eager to please. It was much easier to go along with whatever
my mother wanted. And if I expressed opinions or desires different from
hers, a conflict ensued; so it was easier to go along with her by keeping
quiet. She made all the decisions for us: what to wear to school, what
to eat for dinner, where to go on vacation… so I didn’t know
what I really wanted.
Like Gilligan’s teenage girls, I feel I lost my voice early on also.
My desire to be loved and accepted meant that I focused on pleasing others
rather than pleasing myself. Then I lost touch with what I needed to please
Then I married at 19 and passed the decision-making onto my husband. It
wasn’t until after my divorce (28-year marriage) that I realized
how much I had lost touch with my Self. I had a hard time making the simplest
decisions: how I wanted to spend my time, where to go for dinner, where
to live, what kind of car to buy, where to travel. I wasn’t used
to having choices or thinking about what I really wanted.
I had no idea who I was now that I was no longer a wife and mother and
daughter. During my marriage I paid many of the ‘costs’ of
being unauthentic: I was unassertive, I avoided conflict, I was always
trying to please others. As wife and mother I had learned to subjugate
my own needs to the demands of my children and my busy physician husband.
When I became single I found it hard to know what my needs were. It has
taken me years of self observation and self assessment, therapy, coaching,
and training, to find out what I really need and want. I often find myself
paralyzed with making a decision or I feel anxious when my needs conflict
with a friend’s. I still want to please others. However, the difference
is that now I notice when I am doing this and that motivates me to be
Age may also play a factor in my becoming authentic. As I get older I
am less worried about what other people think…I don’t need
to please others so much. I realize that time to be real is now or never;
if I’m not authentic now, when?
Sid Simon wrote about the IALAC (I am Loving and Capable) concept. In
this allegory of the self he narrates a typical day for a little boy:
how he gets up each morning and puts on his IALAC sign. Throughout the
day he loses pieces of his sign (his Self) when others make demands or
criticize or hurt him. At the end of the day he has lost most of his IALAC.
Whenever I am not authentic it feels like I am losing pieces of my Self
as IALAC. Being authentic is how I can feel IALAC.
Being authentic is takes more than being aware; authenticity demands action.
Being authentic means being congruent with one’s inner awareness
and one’s outer behavior. It takes courage to be authentic. To be
authentic often means expressing unpopular opinions and taking unpopular
actions; to be authentic can create disharmony and conflict because we
risk disapproval or loss of relationships. Yet not living an authentic
life means losing your Self, creating inner disharmony and inner conflict.
Ultimately this disharmony is harder to live with; I have become convinced
Learning to take responsible risks can help us move towards our authentic
self. We can learn how to build our risk muscle by following the <8
R’s of Remarkable Risk-Taking> so that we can become all we can
Being in relationship with significant others and friends and family can
bring out our authenticity…or not. I believe that we all have within
us buds of our authentic potential. Each relationship we are in will connect
with our dormant buds and cause them to grow and blossom. Our relationships
can help us grow into our authenticity…or they can squelch our growth.
We need to become more aware of the influence of our relationships.
Over the years I have learned to tell when I am not being authentic in
other significant relationships. I have noticed this in my relationships
with men. With my husband, I rarely asserted my needs and wants. Once
I was single I found I followed the same pattern. With one man I ignored
it when he broke promises (to call me or to come over); I didn’t
say no to his unreasonable requests; I avoided conflict; I let him think
I was someone I was not (I portrayed a False Self). I thought by acting
this way I would not lose him. Not so. I lost my Self and I lost him anyway.
But I learned.
With another man I began to notice that I felt bored most of the time
in our relationship; I couldn’t be my whole self with him or he
felt intimidated. I knew if I expressed my needs and wants our relationship
would end, but I have learned to express my needs and feelings sooner
because being unauthentic isn’t worth it. The relationship ended,
but I know it was a good thing for me. I felt more authentic. I trust
that my authenticity will attract someone who appreciates and values the
Now, in my relationships with friends and family I try to speak up more
often when our needs conflict; I try to voice my needs and wants immediately
when I am aware of them. I also notice that I have attracted more women
friends who are authentic themselves. Their courage to be authentic inspires
me and they also encourage and support me in my efforts to be authentic.
Having authentic role models can help us know how to be authentic ourselves.
We women especially ought to seek out authentic women role models who
can show us the courage to be real. We can find them in books, in politics,
in leadership roles; we can find them if we look around and acknowledge
their authenticity. Unfortunately women suffer from having few authentic
role models, in life or in books. In history books there is a notable
absence of women heros; in novels there is an invisibility of the female
character…which creates a sense of powerlessness and actively undermines
self confidence…virtually every serious work in English and American
literature that portrays a woman as a major character point out in some
way the deleterious effect of the feminine role. (The Female Hero in American
and British Literature)
Other people can show us how to become authentic too. Therapists will
help us dig deep to uncover the layers of our false self; coaches will
help us move forward to become the authentic person we are meant to be.
Joining a support group can provide the base of trust and caring needed
to inspire and support you to become authentic. Asking your friends and
family to support you in your authentic growth path is essential.
Theoretical models help me better understand the path to authenticity
which involves self awareness and self assertion.
The Johari Window is a model that provides a visual framework on how we
can become more self aware and thus more authentic. Through self disclosure
and receiving feedback I learn more and more about myself.. The more I
tell you the things I know about me, and the more you tell me the things
you know about me, the more I will enlarge my open area and thus the more
I will know about myself. According to psychologist Sidney Jourard: no
man can come to know himself except as an outcome of disclosing himself
to another person. We must know ourselves in order to be authentic. (Contact
for the Johari Window model.)
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is another model that
provides a visual framework on how we can reach authenticity by satisfying
our needs in a hierarchical fashion. Abraham Maslow was a psychologist
who studied people with high self esteem; he was especially interested
in what made people reach their potential, what he called self-actualization.
Self Actualization is Authenticity.
Self Actualized people had more frequent peak experiences: those moments
of heightened awareness, sense of wholeness, congruence, joyfulness, and
fulfillment. According to Maslow's theory, self actualization is reached
only through satisfying ones’ needs in a hierarchical fashion. Level
I needs are physiological (food, water, health, shelter); Level II needs
are psychological (emotional and physical safety); Level III needs are
social (relationships); Level IV needs are achievements. We cannot reach
Level V, self Actualization, until we have satisfied all our lower level
According to Maslow, we cannot become our self actualized/authentic
selves until we have first satisfied, hierarchically, our basic physiological,
psychological, social, achievement needs.
This theory helps me understand the times in my life when it was impossible
for me to be authentic; understanding helps me not be so critical of myself.
For example, when I first divorced I had to deal with satisfying my lower
level needs all over again: I had to find a new home, establish new relationships,
find new ways to achieve professionally. Now that I am more stable, my
foundation of needs is more solid, I can work towards being more authentic.
I can search to find the real me through self actualization.
Since loss of Self erodes gradually, over time, it takes time to find
your Authentic Self. You can satisfy your hierarchy of needs by building
a solid pyramid or you may need to go back and rebuild parts of your pyramid.
You can become an authentic archeologist…an inner explorer…digging
and searching for the lost parts of your Self. Sculptor, Michelangelo,
said that all he had to do was chip away the outer layer of the marble
to find the beautiful sculpture within. We need to chip away at our outer
layer in order to find the inner sculpture of our unique, authentic Self
Yet, how does one go about finding, excavating, sculpting our Authentic
Start with describing your Self: Who are you, really?
- What are your physical attributes and abilities?
- What are your roles? Who are you in each of your roles? (eg. mother,
- What are your characteristics?
- What are your skills?
- What are your competencies? (characteristics + skills=what is special
and unique about you?)
- What are your talents?
- What are your preferences?
- What is important to you?
- what are your values?
- what are your needs?
- what are your wants?
- what are your interests?
- what are your goals and dreams?
- what brings you passion?
- What is your life purpose?
It can help if you ask your significant others/colleagues/family to
answer these questions too; how would they describe you?
Another way to discover who you are is by using a variety of written assessments.
There are many assessment tools available. You can take assessments to
determine your life balance (Clean Sweep) clarify your true values (TruValues),
determine your real needs (Needless), understand your interests (Strong-Campbell
Interest Inventory, understand your personal preferences (MBTI:Myers-Briggs
Type Indicator), or understand your personal style (DISC). There are also
assessments which give you feedback from others (360degree) to learn more
about how you are perceived. Professionals can help you interpret your
assessment scores to help you become much clearer about who you are.
Attending personal growth workshops or seminars, taking courses, going
to retreat centers, reading self help books or listening to self help
tapes, are all methods to help us learn to become more authentic. We can
learn skills to help us ASK for what we want, say NO to what we don’t
want (and YES to what we do want); making decisions, solving problems,
and being a leader. We can learn ways to become more self aware through
the use of meditation, relaxation, and visualization. Taking the time
to do self awareness exercises will help us learn more about who we are
and what we want and need.
Be OBSERVANT: Stop – Look – Listen. Be constantly on the lookout
for what excites you... inspires you...brings you happiness and fills
you with passion. We must learn to savor the small, authentic moments
that bring us contentment. Sara Ban Breathnach. And, be sure to notice
when you are not being authentic.
You can learn to listen to your intuition or be an open receiver to your
Callings.* We must learn to pay attention to our inner messages that tell
us what we want and don’t want. We must learn to be congruent with
our actions and feelings. We need to say what we mean so others know US.
To be authentic we must also live with integrity; we need to be honest
because keeping secrets diminishes our ability to live an authentic life.
Secrets kill intimacy; secrets destroy friendships; secrets damage families;
secrets block personal growth;. We think we’re hiding our secrets,
but our secrets are really hiding us. Harboring dark secrets, lying, pretending,
trying to be someone you’re not…all of these things are weights
that prevent you from reaching your greatest potential. Oprah Winfrey.
To be authentic we must have a good reputation with ourselves; we need
to respect ourself.
Writing can be one of the best ways to discover your true feelings, thoughts,
desires, and needs. Putting words to paper helps us become more focused;
writing things down helps us understand what we are thinking and feeling
in order to become clearer about what we want and need. Numerous authors
emphasize the importance of writing for self discovery. Julia Cameron,
author of The Artist's Way encourages us to write daily morning pages
to get in touch with our Self; Sara Breathnach, author of Simple Abundance
encourages us to write daily dialogues in order to get in touch with what
we are grateful for and to find our personal map of individuality. Ira
Progoff teaches the Intensive Journal Workshop to facilitate self discovery
and personal growth through writing.
Whatever method you use to write will help you discover your authentic
self. Keep a Reading Journal to record what you have learned or quotes/phrases
you find meaningful; Keep a Dream Journal to record your dreams to uncover
your deepest desires and concerns; Keep an Event Journal to keep track
of important places, experiences, new relationships; Keep an Illustrated
Discovery Journal: draw or cut out pictures, post photos, paste objects/materials
that give a visual rendering of the real you; Keep an Authentic Journal
to keep track of the times you notice when you are being authentic (or
when you’re not).
Developing an Authentic Attitude may be the most important course of action
to find the Real You. Acknowledge and accept yourself: We learn how to
reveal to the world our unique radiance only after we acknowledge it ourselves.
(Sara Breathnach, Simple Abundance). Acknowledge yourself for all your
efforts to be authentic. People see us the way we see ourselves, so see
Let yourself be SELFISH: always take care of yourself first because an
empty cup cannot pour out anything. We must be sure we are healthy and
fit; we need to nourish ourselves with healthy food, get lots of aerobic
exercise and plenty of sleep. We need to relax, de-stress, and take time
for ourselves. Being selfish means self care. We can’t give others’
care or support without having something within us to give. Remember the
airlines’ advice: you need to put on your breathing mask before
you can help anyone else. We need all our energy to be authentic
Give yourself an "A" and then earn it! Benjamin Zander, author
of The Art of Possibility discusses the value of finding your specialness
(your "A") and finding a way to express it without judgment.
Like our inner sculpture, we all have an "A" within us –
we just need to BE our "A" by allowing our natural authentic
self to unfold.
Learn to quiet the negative self talk that wears you down and lowers your
self esteem. Learn to use positive self talk to bolster your authenticity.
Affirmations are strong, positive statements said as if they are already
true: I am lovable and capable; I am authentic; I am happy with myself.
Affirmations can be used to quiet the negative self talk. By creating
a gap between who we are now and who we want to be, affirmations move
us naturally to close the gap. Affirmations can be a powerful technique
to help us become the authentic person you tell yourself you are.
We need to be Attractive to be Authentic. Attraction is much more than
your physical appearance; attraction is your inner and outer beauty. Attraction
is all of you. People notice your physical appearance: your hair, your
clothes, your body language. Physical appearance is important because
it gives the first impression of YOU. You want your outer Self to match
your inner Self; being authentic means being congruent. You want people
to see the real you. Attraction is your ability to attract into your life
what you want and need. When you are authentic you are attractive.
Our Environments have a powerful impact upon us. We can create an environment
that will support and inspire us to become authentic. Our environments
include the people around us as well as the sounds, sights, and happenings.
Our environments can drain us or they can grow us. We need to identify
and then reduce or eliminate all the things that keep us from being all
that we can be. Tolerations, all the clutter in our life that gets our
path for personal development, can be systematicly eliminated. By creating
a space, we then have more room to add all the things that grow us. We
can create environments that will nourish, support, inspire, encourage,
and challenge us. Our environments can help us be more authentic.
Moving to Spain when I was a teenager changed me immensely. Part of who
I am now was created by the environment of a different culture. Speaking
Spanish has impacted my life professionally and personally. I also developed
a sensitivity to diversity that I never would have had had I remained
in southern California.
When I divorced I was living in a suburban community of mostly families
and couples. I lived in a beautiful house. I realized, however, that that
environment would always make me feel that I was not whole…since
I was no longer a wife and mother. I decided to move to the city, into
a small condo, where I was part of an environment that supported the single
life style. Here I feel whole and independent and interesting.
As a professional coach, I create environments that will continue to "grow
me" professionally: I attend conferences and professional meetings,
I participate in courses and workshops, I go to professional networking
By being conscious of my environments I can create and immerse myself
in those that will help me become who I want to be – Authentic ME
Finding your Authentic Self will take time; we need to be patient! We
first need to work on becoming more aware: noticing when we are not being
authentic…and noticing when we are being authentic. Then our behaviors
need to match our awareness. We need to be congruent with our inner feelings/thoughts
and our outer behaviors. Authenticity means living our truth – being
our Real Self. We can learn to become more authentic with the help of
others: our support system, mentors, authentic role models; we can actively
participate in life long learning methods; we can pay attention to our
environments; we can work on our self esteem and our belief system. By
focusing on our Self we can discover who we really are…and Become
Bruce Springsteen sang that growth is always "three steps forward,
two steps back." Don't be discouraged; trust in yourself. All you
have to do is accept yourself and know that you are unique and special...You
Related Essays (all can be found in my newsletter
Create Environments that Grow You
Attracting What You Want into Your Life
Creating A Perfect Life
Finding Your Passion & Purpose
Gidget Goes to the Convent
TWENTY TIPS for FINDING YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF
1. Use ASSESSMENTS
2 – ATTITUDE: Be SELFISH, Give yourself an <A>, Replace Negative
Self Talk with Positive Self Talk;
ACKNOWLEDGE and ACCEPT your SELF: Believe in your Authenticity. Trust
3 – WRITE: Keep a JOURNAL; write morning pages, write your autobiography;
write your life story.
keep an achievement journal; a risk journal
4 - MEDITATE and REFLECT; Go on a RETREAT or a SOLO to be in an environment
created for self/soul searching.
5 - Make a COLLAGE or a PERSONAL TREASURE MAP or an ILLUSTRATED DISCOVERY
JOURNAL - DRAW a SELF PORTRAIT on butcher block paper..
6 – Create ENVIRONMENTS that grow you. Remodel and Redecorate your
environment to allow for your authenticity to blossom. Create a space.
7 - Become irresistibly ATTRACTIVE* Have a LIFE MAKEOVER: Work with an
Image Consultant to discover your own personal image. Learn how to project
your authentic flair through your personal appearance.
8. - Take RISKS to GROW: Learn how to take responsible risks that will
help you grow into the authentic person you want to be. (*see Risk to
Grow and A Guide to Getting It: Self Esteem – chapter on Risk-taking)
9 - Be at CHOICE: Choice is at the heart of authenticity: each day you
create yourself through your choices. Pay attention to all your choices
(and, remember, not choosing is also a choice)
10. Be ASSERTIVE: ASK for what you want, Say NO to what you don’t
want; Set BOUNDARIES; raise your personal STANDARDS.
11 – Take Personal Growth WORKSHOPS/ COURSES* & TELECLASSES*-
Read Personal Growth/Self Help BOOKS and listen to TAPES. Be a life long
learner – an authentic archeologist – a creative sculpture.
12 – Do SELF AWARENESS EXERCISES that will help you find your authentic
self more easily:
a. Who am I? Take ten sheets of paper. Write on the top of each one the
words: Who am I? Then write, on each sheet, one answer to that question.
At the end of the ten sheets you'll have the same question written, but
ten different answers. Now go back over the ten again and looking at each
answer, write below it on each sheet what turns you on about that particular
answer. Now go back over the ten sheets and arrange them in order of priority;
your most important identity goes on top. Finally, go back over the ten
sheets and determine what turns you on ....see if there are any common
b. I Want…..Take ten sheets of paper and on top of each sheet write:
Keep a running list of all that you want in your life.
c. 8 ROLE exercise: List all your roles. Now prioritize them. Now get
in a relaxed, meditative state and, one by one, starting with number 8,
focus on each role: what are the costs? what are the benefits? Who are
you in this role? Now take eliminate that role. Do this for each role.
Finally, after eliminating the final role - Role number one - focus on
who you are without all your roles. This is your core...your Being…Who
are you, really?
d. Write your LIFE STORY/Autobiography – who were you at age 5?
11? 16? 21? 30? 40? 50? Look for patterns of personal preferences and
pleasures and passions.
List your achievements, your strengths, things you are proud of; keep
track of compliments you have been given; write down what you have learned
about yourself through assessments, feedback, trainings and workshops.
Keep note cards or a notebook or a tape recorder near you. Whenever you
make an observation or have a thought about yourself, write it down/record
it. Later you can record these observations in your journal.13 –
Use AFFIRMATIONS: Find, write, and repeat daily affirmations that will
get you in touch with your SELF: IALAC: I am lovable and capable "I
am what I am and I am wonderful "I am Me and I am O.K. "I am
the woman I’ve wanted to be. Learn the 8 rules for writing affirmations-and
14 – Use VISUALIZATION: Visualize yourself as the person you are
and the person you are meant to be: close the gap! Combine visualization
with affirmations for a more powerful experience. Create a collage of
pictures and photos that will help you visualize.
15 – Reduce TOLERATIONS: Clear away the clutter and energy drains
in order to have the time to become the person you want to be. Create
a SPACE: Stop being so busy; don’t be an adrenalin addict unable
to know what you really want and need. Slow down, relax, be real.
List 100 tolerations…and eliminate them one by one.
16 – Use your SUPPORT SYSTEM: Surround yourself with people who
will support and love you; people who recognize and acknowledge your specialness.
Join or form a SUPPORT GROUP. Find ROLE MODELS; seek out MENTORS to show
you the way to authenticity.
17 - Use PROFESSIONALS - Work with a COACH or a PSYCHOTHERAPIST to help
you uncover the real you and to identify actions to take to reach your
18 - Be HONEST - Uncover SECRETS:
a) Admit the secret to yourself
b) Tell at least one person
c) Tell the person you are closest to (especially if the secret hurts
d) Tell anyone whom you will be upset if they knew
19 - Be CONGRUENT with your actions and feelings. Say what you mean; act
to your feelings and thoughts. Use disclosing I-messages not you messages.
20 - Be OBSERVANT – Listen to your intuition; pay attention to your
Callings; notice what brings you Passion.
KNOW THYSELF - TO THINE OWNSELF BE TRUE
BE HERE NOW. Ram Dass
To Be or NOT to Be, that is the question. Shakespeare
Many women today feel a sadness we cannot name. Though we accomplish much
of what we set out to do, we sense that something is missing in our lives
and -fruitlessly - search "out there" for the answers. What's
often wrong with that we are disconnected from an authentic sense of self.
Beauty is an internal light, a spiritual radiance that all women have
but most women hide, unconsciously, denying its existence. What we do
not claim remains invisible. Marianne Williamson
by Sara Breathnach:
We must learn to savor the small, authentic moments that bring us contentment;
Passion is the muse of authenticity
The Authentic Self is the soul made visible.
Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic self
All you need is deep within you waiting to unfold and reveal herself.
All you have to do is be still and take time to seek for what is within,
and you will surely find it. Eileen Caddy
It is never to late to be what you might have been. George Eliot
It's never too late to have a happy childhood. Gloria Steinem
To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world
tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive. Robert Louis
As long as one keeps searching, the answers come. Joan Baez
There’s nothing heavier than the burden of potential. Peanuts
Most of us die with our music still inside us. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Until you make peace with whom you are, you’ll never be content
with what you have. Doris Mortman
We are a different person with a different man (woman), for all parts
are authentically within to be coaxed out one by one person or another,
by one set of circumstances or another. Anita Shreve
When something within us is disowned, that which is disowned wrecks havoc.
Sometimes you have to get lost in order to find yourself. Burt Reynolds
If one is a Greyhound, why try to look like a Pekinese? poet, Dame Edith
The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly
– that is what each of us is here for. Oscar Wilde, Irish Playwright
Every man is the architect of his own fortune. Sallust, Roman historian.
I do not want to die…until I have faithfully made the most of my
talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small
twig has grown. Kathe Kollwitz, German sculptor
Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves. Germaine
Greer, Australian writer
To want to be what one can be is purpose in life. Cynthia Ozick, novelist
MY DECLARATION OF SELF ESTEEM by Virginia Satir
I am me.
In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. There are persons
who have some parts like me, but no one adds up exactly like me. Therefore,
everything that comes out of me is authentically mine because I alone
I own everything about me...my body, including everything it does, my
mind, including all its thoughts and ideas; my eyes, including the images
of all they behold; my feelings, whatever they may be...anger, joy, frustration,love,
disappointment, excitement; my mouth, and all the words that come out
of it: polite, sweet or rough, correct or incorrect; my voice, loud or
soft; and all my actions, whether they may be to others or to myself.
I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears.
I own all my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me. By
so doing I can love and be friendly with me in all parts. I can then make
it possible for all of me to work in my best interests.
I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects
that I do not know. But as long as I am friendly and loving to myself,
I can courageously and hopefully look for the solutions to the puzzles
and for ways to find out more about me.
However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think
and feel at a given moment in time is me. This is authentic and represents
where I am at that moment in time.
When I review later how I looked and sounded, what I said and did, and
how I thought and felt, some parts may turn out to be unfitting. I can
discard that which is unfitting, and keep that which proved fitting, and
invent something new for that which I discarded.
I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do. I have the tools to survive,
to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out
of the world of people and things outside of me.
I own me, and therefore I can engineer me.
I am me and I am O.K
FINDING HER HERE by Jayne Relaford Brown
I am becoming the woman I've wanted,
grey at the temples,
soft body, delighted,
cracked up by life
with a laugh that's known bitter
but, past it, got better,
knows she's a survivor -
that whatever comes,
she can outlast it.
I am becoming a deep weathered basket.
I am becoming the woman I've longed for,
the motherly lover
with arms strong and tender,
the growing up daughter
who blushes surprises.
I am becoming full moons and sunrises.
I find her becoming,
this woman I've wanted,
who knows she'll encompass,
who knows she's sufficient,
knows where she's going
and travels with passion.
Who remembers she's precious,
but knows she's not scarce-
who knows she is plenty, plenty to share.
Simple Abundance, by Sara Breathnach
Be Your Best, by Linda Adams
A Guide to Getting It: Self Esteem, co-authored by Laurie Geary
Risk to Grow! by Laurie Geary
IALAC, by Sid Simon
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