Blog Author: Emilia Wheaton
Blog Editor: Kristen Kennedy Smith
Our inner truth is our intended form, our soul’s signature. Our inner truth is heavily associated with the throat chakra--the chakra which governs our self-expression and our creative identity. When we live our truth, life feels good, our work and our passions melt together and it just feels right. However, the influence of societal norms, the goals and expectations of others, or our own urge to please those around us ahead of ourselves, draws us farther away from the person we came here to be. When we were children, we found peace and joy easily; we lived our truth until we were met with resistance and began to shift in the ways we show up to the world to “fit in.” This prescribed version of ourselves now has to struggle to find its way back to who we truly are at our core by reconciling who we were taught to be versus who we deeply feel we were meant to be.
Do you resonate with this? Do you ever feel that your life as you live it isn’t exactly what your subconscious expected or wished for? Do you ever find yourself yearning for something different or distracted thinking of something else? When we experience stress and dissatisfaction in our daily lives, we are not aligned with our inner truth. When we feel ourselves resisting or resenting our realities, we can take this as a clue--a puzzle piece--which, if we pay attention to the clue along the way, we can use to slowly build the life that does align with our inner truth.
Think of those who you admire: the dream followers and the powerful strong-willed folks who have built a life for themselves which they feel represents their truest self. They did not simply stumble into this “perfect” life; they noticed lots of puzzle pieces scattered along the way and had the bold courage to slip them into their pockets and intuitively align them to form the masterpiece they were meant to embody. Each of us can do this, too. All we must do is follow the path of least resistance, pursue what feels right to us as individuals and graciously ignore what is expected of us. As we continuously choose the puzzle pieces which call out to us, intrigue us, bring comfort, inspire us, uplift us, and feel right to us, we may find that they seem to fit together nicely. This effortless meld of interests and inspirations comes to affirm our inner truth.
I believe that the consistent choice of what our inner truth longs for brings us closer and closer to contentment and fulfillment. We will rest easy and carry ourselves proudly when we know that we are being true to ourselves, not to the urges of our family or the expectations of others. We have this one conscious lifetime to create an experience we enjoy and feel fulfilled by.
The beauty of inner truth is that it is not a mysterious, hidden, undiscoverable aspect of ourselves. It resides within each of us and only requires our own intuitive, honest ear to listen close and reveal what our soul wishes for us. We can uncover our inner truth by simply listening to ourselves and having the courage to make a potentially unpopular choice.
Think of the classic example: daughter raised by doctors and lawyers is, spoken or unspoken, expected to follow her family’s example and devote herself to an acceptably impressive profession. So the daughter attends the prestigious school and earns good grades in her courses as she feels obligated to do but she never feels truly inspired or motivated by her studies. She is surrounded by students who are captivated in class, who eat, sleep and breathe organic chemistry, ethics, philosophy, who dream of becoming renowned professionals. She doesn’t resonate with their passions and begins to feel inferior. To destress from the demanding courseload that disinterests her, she bakes in her free time. She starts small with recipes on the back of bags of flour then branches out to attempt to duplicate the confections of the local bakery. She begins to skip some classes because she is so enthralled in her kitchen. Because baking is often on her mind, she begins to meet others interested in baking and they start sharing recipes. Eventually, she has a community of passionate bakers who raise her up and she feels a sense of belonging and empowerment. She knows her family will be disappointed that she does not wish to follow their dreams but she knows this is what she is meant to do.
We all can follow this example and embolden ourselves by taking baby steps, collecting puzzle pieces along the way, to bring us closer and closer to our truth. When we honor our inner truth we feel rewarded by the sense of contentment. Seeking our soul’s purpose doesn’t need to be as epic and daunting as it initially sounds; take baby steps that intuitively feel right and you will lead yourself down the path you were meant to take.
Starting today, and just for today, notice one puzzle piece, one instance, one moment in time when you feel content. This may be your clue to connect to your inner truth!
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