I was once told by a well-known spiritual teacher, “Geoff, the public can’t handle the truth about living authentically. It won’t sell books so why tell them”. They were probably right.
Luckily we have nothing to lose, so here goes.
It’s easy to idealize the idea of ‘following your heart’ with touchy feely slogans about the universe, and happy snappy photos like our Life Change Experiment Facebook posts.
BUT this glosses over the reality! The choices that lead to these post usually begin with a blood curdling, terrifying ride, way outside of our comfort zones into insecurity, uncertainty and fear!
You see, TRUE Authentic living does NOT come from simply doing what you love or being true to your ‘self.’In fact its often the opposite.
Put a kid in a candy shop and tell them ‘be true to yourself’ and watch the results. I spent years doing what I ‘loved’ wondering why I was so unhappy.
Authentic living asks a lot more of us than simply “do what you love!” It asks “will you ‘DIE’ to experience what you truly love! (Yes this is the part they don’t like to mention) But what does that mean?
QUOTE – “When you are willing to ‘die’ to who you THINK you are – who you TRULY are can LIVE”.
It is our ‘identity,’ ‘who we think we are, that prevents us from living our truth! It wants to keep us sure, important, validated and safe.
Authentic life is the opposite. It will challenge you daily, often to the core. Break down your ideas of your self and throw you in the deep end. It is the proverbial smelting pot of the soul!
Put your focus on that small quiet voice drawing you towards the that thing that’s scary, illogical, impractical, nerve wracking, foolish, embarrassing. Follow it like following a blind man off a steep cliff into a dark abyss, without a safety net. You know there is a deeper truth within it . Wholeheartedly embrace this ‘spiritual surgery’ life performs on the willing and Magic happens!……..CONNECTION
Fears evaporate. Inspiration, love, resources, peace, joy, solutions even miracles unfold….. The POWER OF THE UNIVERSE finally has room to work through us!
So living Authentically is definitely not some touchy feely safe spiritual cliche. It is a confronting, deeply challenging, utterly ASTOUNDING DANGEROUS, DELICIOUS, ride to a far more fulfilling life than anything our little ‘ol’ frightened identities could have conjured.
Are you willing to live authentically NOW?
Bessie Bardot, Geoff, Barker and bluebelle on the life change experiment sharing their lessons from the flow.