How to Discover My True Self

How to Discover My True Self

A boy in the woods found an egg in a nest, he took it home and put it under a goose.

It hatched a freakish creature- that had deformed feet not web like- but claw like- which made it stumble as it tried to follow the other geese.

His beak was not flat like a goose should be but it was pointed and twisted.

Instead of having lovely cream colored down feathers it was an ugly brown color and to top it off he made a terrible squawking sound.

He seemed like a genetic freak- a disfigured goose.

One day a giant eagle flew across the barnyard , the eagle swept lower and lower until the strange awkward little bird on the ground lifted his head and pointed his crooked beak to the sky.

The misfit creature then stretched his wings and began to hobble across the yard.

He flapped his wings harder and harder until the wind picked up him up and carried him higher and higher.

He began to soar. He was born an eagle and had been trying to live like a goose-

We are born to soar.

Do you believe you are born to soar?

Some of us have been told as we grew up; we were a certain type of person. “You’re lazy”, “you’re stupid”, “you aren’t ever going to amount to anything.”

We believed what was told to us because we didn’t know any different.

I grew up in a very legalistic, fundamentalist church. I was always told, I was such a sinner. I always felt worse about myself after I left church then before I got there.

I was told if I drank, smoked, played cards I was going to hell. I always felt like I was going to hell for something.

Plus the concept of original sin was reinforced in me, which was that I was innately a sinful person.

For the longest time I had a very low self image of myself. I always felt like I was a failure and could never measure up to others or to God.

Then it happened…

I read a book entitle, Original Blessing by Matthew Fox. The author dispelled the concept of original sin and called us to realize the original blessing we were each given.

“We are created in the image of God and it is GOOD.” Genesis 2 

This was a new understanding for me but like the eagle that was trying to live like a goose, this concept rang true to my heart.

I believe we are all created in the image of God and it is good. If God is Spirit than that image of God is one of love, beauty, kindness, compassion.

Yes, we will make mistakes and do destructive things to ourselves and others but at our very core, in our spirit, we are beautifully created.

How Do You discover Your True Self?

Sit back and look inward into your heart. Do you feel like you are a good person? A mediocre person? A great person? What do you use as your criteria?

If you answer,” your inner voice”, be careful. We have many voices talking to us.

We have our parent’s voice still telling us how we need to live. We have the ‘critic’ voice that is always telling us how we can do things better. We have the divine voice trying to guide and affirm us.

What voice do you listen to?

Maybe I should say it this way. By concentrating on the voices of others we miss voice of the Divine.

How do I discover my true self?

We have to take time to be connected to the Divine consciousness of the universe that created us. This way we can find out who we truly are. Not a goose but an eagle ready to soar.

Utilize Your Passions

What are you passionate about?

This is hard for many of us to answer. Some of us might say,”I’m are not passionate about anything. “

Another way of asking the question is: What gives you energy? What activity do you get excited about before you are even doing the activity?

When I did this exercise, I listed things like; being creative, feeling like I’m making a difference in the world, something fun and playful.

This exercise helped me see what I need to be putting my energy towards. Then I am being true to my inner self.

What would your list look like?

I believe we have to listen to our heart. Listen to what stirs our soul, what gives us energy rather than what drains us.

Are you doing things that embrace the list you made?

If not, I want to encourage you to start refocusing your time and energy around your list. See if this will help you start to soar.

I love this poem by Rumi the great mystic and poet of the 13th century

The Way Wings Should

What will our children do in the morning? Will they wake their hearts wanting to play the way wings should?

Will they have dreamed the needed flights and gathered the strength from the planets that all men and women need to balance the wonderful charms of the earth so that her power and beauty does not make us forget our own?

I know all about the ways of the heart- how it wants to be alive. Love so needs to love that it will endure almost anything, even abuse, just to flicker for a moment.

But the sky’s mouth is kind, its song will never hurt you, for I sing those words. What will our children do in the morning if they do not see us fly?

God speed as you strive to discover your true self and soar.

 

Be a Miracle

Jerry

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