For the last 31 weeks we have been exploring our lives, past and present, as a lead up to creating our authentic lives (31 weeks? Wow! We’ve been busy). Now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and start laying that foundation.
The first question I would ask you to consider is this: What is an authentic life? We touched on this before in an earlier blog post, but it’s worth repeating. Everyone has their own answer to that question. For me, an authentic life is when my principles, beliefs and passions are all aligned, when I look forward to each and every brand new day with anticipation, gratitude and joy. An authentic life is a genuinely happy one. I’m not saying that it has to be a bed of roses every minute of every day. Some days are chock full of thorns. The key is whether I pull out the rose bush in anger and frustration, or pay more attention to where I’m going and what I’m doing so I don’t get stuck again.
The second question I would ask you is this: What does an authentic life feel like? When we are in alignment with who we really are, we get what Hay House founder, author, teacher and affirmation Queen, Louise Hay, calls her “inner ding.” We also know what it feels like when we’re not being authentic. When we live our lives according to the dictates of our culture and society, there is a genuine sadness that permeates our spirit. We feel phony. We feel lost. The phrase, “not feeling like myself” isn’t just an overused cliché.
In order to find out what my authentic life was supposed to feel like, I did a little experiment loosely based on a process created by author, teacher and psychic medium Colette Baron Reid. (My version differs in that she uses a bird in the exercise while I use a cloud). Come along with me.
Imagine that it is a beautiful, sunny day. The sky is a deep blue and the clouds look like big, fluffy pillows. Now imagine that one of those clouds floats down and invites you to climb aboard … not to worry, you won’t fall through. The bottom of the cloud is safe and sturdy. You climb on top of the cloud and it carries you up into that blue sky. Birds are flying all around you like a royal color guard. An eagle comes up along side of you and tells you that the cloud will take you anywhere you want to go as long as it is a place that will make you happy. So you think about the happiest place you’ve ever been and ask the cloud to take you there. You tell the cloud where you want to go and in minutes you arrive at your destination. The cloud places you gently on the ground and tells you it will be back for you shortly. You are all alone in your favorite spot in the world. Now answer this question:
“What are you feeling right now? What does it feel like to be in your favorite place on earth?”
Do you feel like you belong there? Do you feel like you could do anything, be anything, create anything, in this place? Capture that feeling! Hold on to it tight and don’t let it go. When the cloud comes to take you back where it found you, take that feeling with you. Once you’re back, open that feeling up again and place it in your heart. That’s what an authentic life feels like. It feels as if you are where you are supposed to be, doing what you are supposed to be doing, and living your very own, authentic, interpretation of life.
By now it should come as no surprise that the assignment for this week is going to take you on a magic cloud ride (Save the magic carpet for Aladdin. This girl is traveling in comfort and style!). Get ready for the ride of your life. What you bring back with you is going to be the foundation you’ll be laying on which to build your authentic life. Happy Trails!
Peace and Blessings.