Many of us in modern American society are on an eternal path of self-discovery. We’re convinced we must look inside ourselves for the answer to the frequent questions: Who am I really? Why am I here? What do I really want? We don’t accept feedback from family, friends and society. We must come to our own conclusion to find our authentic self. My July 18, 2015 blog post offered guiding questions. Today’s blog post explores the obstacles to finding the self.
The April, 2015 issue of Brickell Magazine (Miami) ran Francesca Cruz’s enlightening article “An Ode To Revelations, Realizations & Revving Up.” Let’s take a look at what Ms. Cruz has to say about what may cause us to stumble along our path.
Obstacles To Self-Discovery:
* Peer/ Societal Pressure – The abstract painter, Jackson Pollack believed…”Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.” He encountered tremendous criticism with his almost maniacal style of painting. Pollack said painting was …”self-discovery…every good artist paints what he is. It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on as long as something has been said.” Do you have the mojo needed to buck the naysayers?
*Fear – Spiritual Teacher and author, Marianne Williamson believes…”It takes courage to endure the sharp pains of self-discovery rather than choose the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives” Ouch. That hurts.
* Critical Judgments – Ms. Cruz tells us, “It’s far easier to look out and criticize the world we exist in, perceiving things around us from a place of judgment or lack. This allows our egos to commandeer our lives, taking no accountability for our actions and placing ourselves in the role of victim.” Bottom line, spending time finding what’s wrong with everyone else blocks you from finding out what’s right with you.
Ms. Cruz suggests…”If we view the world as a place of abundance and the universe as having everything we need until our soul is evolved enough to receive it, the concept of scarcity is obsolete.”
Stay positive. Visualize goals. Trust you will become who and what you want to be. Look. Listen. Meditate. Be patient. Think evolution, not revolution. Be happy with yourself.
Let me know why you think. I’d love to hear from you.
Next week’s blog post discusses how your ego may be an obstacle to self-discovery.
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