Posts Tagged ‘Integrity’

Life is a mirror, and we learn from the reflections that catch our gaze. The trick is to distinguish between what is ours and what is not. Some of what I see in another is not them. It is my own reflection. Others may see their issues reflected in me, but it is their stuff, not mine. Knowing how to identify what’s what is life changing. Even the process of discernment teaches immensely. We learn not to take on what isn’t ours and to own what is, and we become stronger in asserting our truth.

This lesson was recently delivered to me by our five year old son, Alex. He came to me crying because another child had called him mean. Now Alex had been kind to the other child, but had not done what was asked of him – to give away a favorite toy. In being called mean for this, Alex felt hurt and misunderstood, and I saw much of myself in his eyes.

I told him something to this effect, “Don’t listen to what others tell you, if you know that it’s not true. You know who you are, so be strong in yourself. Don’t let another person get you upset or make you feel like you have to defend yourself, because you know that you were kind.”

My son took the lesson to heart and bounded away happily. And in presenting me with this situation, he taught me something I’ve been trying to learn all my life. I have often reacted to what others say as though it’s the absolute truth, when I know very well that it is not. It is their reflection, not mine.

The legend of the Oracle at Delphi advises us to “Know thyself,” and this is the key to each spiritual journey. To get to know our true selves in this human experience requires digging deep rather than listening to how others define us. It means coming to a place where we can say, “I know who I am without the need for approval or validation.” It is fully believing in your true self – your non ego self, so that you get to live your life with integrity and the high standards of your loving soul.

In the past, I have not been strong in myself. I have shown a slightly different face to different people in order to please them. I have hoped that they will like me better, but ultimately this serves no one.

We don’t have to please anyone, and when we live with authenticity and integrity, we honor everyone. We become strong in ourselves, regardless of external circumstances. We shine with all of our magnificent colors blazing strong, unafraid of being judged or misunderstood, because we know who we are.

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Each of us is extraordinary and unique. Each of us was made to be different from everyone else. We were born to shine our original talents upon the world.

You bring a radiant light all your own that is essential to our human experience. We need you, and now is the time.

I believe that we are sparks of God, created as divinely perfect, and yet we are born to ever evolve. We are of God, and are connected to each other as one, and yet we are meant to shine as individuals. And we do a pretty amazing job navigating through this most difficult school – this human journey that is a dramatic chance to shine brighter. In fact, you are so incredibly brave to be here.

We are here to mature in responsibility and to become caretakers of life. We are learning from our tremendous challenges, but these lives are not who we are. They are simply obstacles designed to help us grow higher, but they are not our identity. So let go of these identifications, for it is like taking a test and letting the test define you. When these brief, challenging lives of duality have been lived, the perspectives gained and the brave spirits we learn them with will be what remain. As will the radiant, one-of-a-kind and ever-growing soul of you.

Oscar Wilde famously said, “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” Let us not compare or imitate, or aspire to be anyone other than who we are at the core. Let us celebrate originality and lead ourselves strongly with our own intuitive power. Be true to yourself! Be true to the authentic and steadfast you that resonates from within. This true self is meant to be in charge of your life rather than the ego.

The ego wants you to win with rules that bind your spirit. It will try to convince you to emulate homogeneous ranks, but your true you wants to shine the spectacular light that is your birthright.

Author Mary Lane illuminates so beautifully that we often lessen our greatness in front of others. She says, “I have dimmed my fire all my life so I would be accepted.” She reminds me that I intrinsically belong here in my unique-ness, not in spite of it. She cheers me on, saying, “Allow your fire to burn brightly” and with no apologies! I am envisioning a glorious world where we each shine in this way.

At the end of this human journey, you will be the one who evaluates your life, so make it what you want it to be. Believe in yourself, and others will too! And embrace your invaluable worth. The universe has been trying to tell you how amazing you are your whole life. Know this as you steer steadily towards your dreams and what you came here to do.

Listen to what your heart truly desires so that you can follow your unique path and no one else’s – so that you can build an inspired reality all your own that creates each day with authenticity. This means focusing on how things feel from your soul instead of how they might look to others. It means purging anything you have taken on that isn’t you. So be pure in yourself and let your life sing out with integrity.

Love the sacred spark of God you are and watch your spirit soar! If you only knew just how much you are loved in God’s universe – it is beyond what one can fathom on this earthly journey. Let your heart illuminate our world with this love that transforms. Own your vital light and help our collective cause – our rising consciousness. Your shining soul is on this human road of metamorphosis, finding its way to flourish beneath the stars. Shine on bright soul! Shine on.

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