Your Power Lies in Your Authenticity
In a previous article and interview with Janet Neal, we touched on the concept of how our power lies in our authenticity. Janet and I talked about the barriers of programming we all need to overcome to excavate buried treasures from within ourselves. If you missed that, you can read about it and tune into the video of our conversation via the link at the bottom of this article.
It’s interesting to note how the word ‘authentic’ and ‘authenticity’ have surfaced prevalently in current times, along with the terms ‘transparent’ and ‘transparency’. There’s a correlation between these concepts that runs deep in the veins of so much more going on in our world today.
Why is authenticity a rarity?
When did you depart from your authentic self?
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Some of this enculturation is necessary to mold us into beings who can get along amongst many other beings in society. We are all conditioned to our cultures, from the culture of family, religion, community, friends, age group, era, teams, profession, workplace and all kinds of subcategories within these.
We’re All Conditioned by Our Cultures
Most of it is about fitting us into molds that sometimes may not really be a fit. When we don’t fit into societal norms—no matter the era—we get labeled. For Dr. Bruce Lipton it was something akin to a mad scientist label, and yet his experiments were proven and repeatable. In eons past it involved beheadings, witch trials, and heresy burnings. Today, it’s usually not lethal, thankfully, but can involve the labeling with clinical terms that explain our maladjustment, which is often accompanied by medicine and a recommendation of counseling or therapy.
In the film The Marketing of Madness, there’s an entire expose’ on how we have arrived at so many apparent ailments, diseases and psychological problems. That documentary exposes facts that should disturb and alarm us all. In the book, Virus of the Mind, by Richard Bodie, he uncovers the process of conditioning thoughts, called ‘memes’, which essentially means, spreadable ideas or thoughts.
Every adjustment we make to fit into the mold of the masses, is a layer added to the lampshade of our diminishing light.
We—our natural authentic selves—do need training so as to fit into polite society. But there are so many shades of grey to ferret through in the process of discerning what is real versus what is simply the opinion of someone else as to what is appropriate or inappropriate; what it is we should and shouldn’t do toward developing our aspirations and following our passions. We also discuss this concept with Janet Neal in her interview for Boomers Reinvented.
Some Australian friends told me about the Tall Poppy Syndrome there. Apparently it’s a national conditioning of old that has created a negative mindset toward achievers… toward anyone who stands out tall from the crowd.
Too many people go through life unaware of the clouds of conditioning blocking the light of their potential.
“If it was easy everyone would do it.”
So here’s the divine paradox: while it’s not easy to push through barriers and constrictions of conditioning, whether it’s our own or that from others, neither is it easy to live less than we can be.
Living less than we can be is not a happy place.
It’s hard to put forth more effort, more discipline, more learning, more growth and more contribution under the circumstances of busy lives and schedules. But at some point in our evolution, the status quo becomes unbearable.
That discomfort is just our soul pushing against the constraints we’ve created or allowed, always unintentionally. Like toes scrunched in shoes too small, it’s no longer a fit. If we’re feeling agitated, that’s a good thing. It’s a wake-up call to assess, regroup and grow, and to get on with what we’re really here to do. If we don’t know what that is, no worries, we will find it along the way. We just head in the direction we think we should go and once we’re in that journey, the way will become more clear.
“It is in the journey that the way becomes more clear.” LeAura Alderson
If you’re feel stuck in an old way of being, it’s time for a change. If you’re not learning and growing through new adventure or ventures daily, it may be time to shed the old skin and don the new… to look at each day through fresh eyes… to be as a little child and wake up eager to learn and play each day.
If you’re happy where you are doing what you’re doing, that’s fantastic! Just be fiercely honest with yourself. One way to tell is if you feel like you need to excuse anything you’re doing to yourself or anyone else, then in all probability you know there’s something more you could be doing that would add value and substance to your life. Or, you could be stuck in the memes of conditioning that contradict your individual expression. Only you can decide what it is for you.
If for you, winding down and relaxing is what truly nourishes your soul, then go with that.
There’s no one solution for all of us, and we’re not at the same place of need or same stage of growth at the same time. If you’re not truly content and regularly sustained by a deep and abiding inner joy, then it may be time to shake things up a bit.
Culture, in this analogy, is the beautiful meal as the expression of the highest possible for those foods and the chef to achieve, and the recipients to enjoy and appreciate. We don’t spend time relishing the discarded waste from the meal. That’s the garbage… the refuse. Take the culture and leave the cult.
Enculturation is the cult or refuse of culture.
Don’t live there. Don’t be inhibited by constraints of belief, judgement, fear and conditioning. Culture brings color, beauty, art, elegance and meaning to any society, group, family, organization, etc. But it also imprisons free thought and self expression. So get rid of the memes that harm and hinder. Reconnect to your authentic self.