We don’t have a false self or an authentic self – All we have a self (which is more than enough) – don’t get it twisted.
This “self “ dons all kinds of hats with many descriptions, accusations, glorifications and bears many criticisms, yet it goes on.
It makes its depute beautifully violent, miraculously alive, and helplessly discontent - then told how to feel, how to be, how think and breathe properly (even when we already knew this at the time of conception).
And those of us who dare to question authority from the word go, are thought of as hopeless and an incurable pain – but the pain we endure of this ageless and endless true/false identity erodes the soul and has the propensity to make us old before our time.
We are rebellious and curious, true to our bones, steadfast in our convictions and then our truth will change. It changes with each moment, each day, each passing season and as warranted to new knowledge –
The raw truth is transient just as nature is, in its entirety – forever renewing and creating a new “authentic” truth.
This comes with much dispute and accusations as others question our resolve, but it is not a concern because the life we hold has so many truths we can choose just which one or ones we want to be.
What works for one doesn’t always work for another – there is no “one size fits all” so embrace what feels glorious, what kindles the fire and what makes you true inside out.
Forget about trying to be authentic because as soon as you do…. THEN You will be. (dl)
Artist – Kaila Gudee in tribute to Esphyr Slobodkina