by Derek O'Neill
What does it mean to be authentic in who you are? And what kind of challenges might you face by taking on the task of being authentically who you are?
Being authentic means looking at yourself in a critical way. Not criticizing, just having a critical eye, the same way you would ask someone to give you feedback or healthy criticism. Eventually we may even get to a stage where we realize that we are programmed to lie to ourselves the majority of the time. Our family, friends and environment all contribute to how we think we should think and feel – but how do we know when we are authentic to ourselves?
Being authentic is knowing that what you wear doesn’t make you who you are. Neither does the material things you have, nor where you come from or who your family is… All of that just creates a false sense of self you identify with. Who you really are transcends all of those programs.
The closer we get to our authentic self, the more difficult it is to be led into an action, event or organization that is out of integrity. Here is an exercise you can do every day when you wake up to explore who you really are.
Doing this exercise daily will help you release energy around past negative experiences, so you can finally let go of programs or belief systems that have held you back in some way. This is one way to step into your Authentic Self every day.