It may sound arrogant for me to state it: I am generally considered to be wise by others. I am good at helping them to see their way through things that are blocking them, bothering them, upsetting them.
This is not because I have got it all sorted – it’s because I too am a human being who gets caught up in the stories we are told and we tell ourselves. The ‘advantages’ I have are that:
- I have been conscious of being caught in the stories rather than living my truth for many years, because I was lucky enough to encounter wonderful teachers relatively early in my life
- I forget so often that I have developed hundreds of ways to help myself to remember again.
So I thought it might be useful to others if I shared some of my forgetting and rememberings – the ways we can help ourselves to be who and what we really are.
When we came into this world, we were a perfectly unique individual, full of joy and curiosity, ready to develop into our own version of a wonderful human being. So what happened? We encountered the norms and values of our society which proposes that most of us will be disappointed and disappointing, and realised that we weren’t really expected or allowed to shine. As a small child, we learn how to fit in, conform to this limited view of who we are and what we can be.
But now you are a grown-up, you can choose to bust this perverted view of how it is. It doesn’t have to be hard work; we just need to gently persist in remembering what we’re really like as human beings. Then we can change the world, from the inside out.
I am writing a regular blog about some of the easy ways we can remember who we really are and what we can really be, on an everyday basis, with simple ways you can make your life work even better. I would love you to come along with me on this exploration.