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Being Authentic February 16, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Meditation, Spirit & Ego.

complexThe authentic self resides at our absolute core.  It is the innermost of our innermost selves.  Our unchanging spiritual essence.

When we’re “plugged in” to the source, we feel grounded and centered.  Ego concerns and temporal attachments fade away.  Instead of being drawn into Past or Future, we exist in the Eternal Now.

In that bottomless well-spring of well-being, where Joy, Peace, Kindness, and Compassion reside, we embrace our connection to the source of all things.

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The “authentic self” like the “eternal now” may be misunderstood, but that misunderstanding cannot change its essence.  

It is what it is.

I am that I am.

When we are fully “who we are,” we are connected to something greater than ourselves.  We lose our obsession with “I” and tap into “we” . . . unity consciousness.

We let go of Ego to embrace Spirit.

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vanarsdel7With instilled knowingness, we see that Ego, the false self, is insecure.

It’s an imposter hiding behind a flimsy mask, a persona, the veil of Maya . . . an illusion.

Once the veil falls away, we realize we are spiritual beings having a human experience.  Tapped into our essential self, we see things as they are rather than as we are.  

We step into the Eternal Now and enter the flow of life.  Immersed in being, we are whole, not splintered or fragmented.  

We are happy, joyous and free.

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Ego’s incessant desires add to our suffering and alienate us from the happiness within.  Connected to our core, we no longer “pursue happiness” because happiness arises of its own accord.

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IMGP2584bAccessing the authentic self is simple.  Just be.

Let go of Ego.  Follow the breath to your innermost core. “God is the breath within the breath.”  Let all else fade away.

In the silent spaces between thoughts, we find ourselves waiting.  As we step out of the darkness into the light, we sense our Unity and Oneness.  We re-cognize our connection to all that is.

Ego despair and confusion dissipate.  Peace, Joy, and Happiness surface.  We become one with the source.

“God dwells within me . . . as me.”

Once we know WHO we are . . . we know HOW to live.

Aah . . . that’s better! 

After enlightenment, the laundry. ~ Zen Proverb

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Artwork by Maitte Van Arsdel ~ available at Island Gallery West.


1. joannevalentinesimson - February 16, 2014

Good one; you’ve evolved the Buddhist take on spirit. That religion, like all others, has suffered from the accretions of time and authoritative pronouncements. But I believe that many in the West are now are trying to get back to the “beingness” aspect of spirit.
I’ve been following your blog for quite a while. Have I ever given you a link to my book on this theme? You might enjoy it.

nrhatch - February 16, 2014

Thanks for the link, Joanne. I’ll check it out . . . as I expect will other visitors to SLTW.

I just finished reading the book, On Being Authentic. The author made some great points about the intertwining of individual and society and its impact on our ability to be “authentic,” but the terminology he chose and the definitions he assigned didn’t mesh well with where I am on the path.

Some things are beyond words. We cannot experience them vicariously ~ until we connect with source, we remain confused.

”What are you ~ a god, an angel, a saint?”
“No,” replied The Buddha, “I am A-W-A-K-E.”

Another favorite:

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. ~ The Buddha

2. Grannymar - February 16, 2014

I think I need to go back to the top and start over, I kinda confused! 😦

nrhatch - February 16, 2014

Words alone cannot convey the Eternal Now. But when I meditate and follow my breath, it always leads me Here.

3. viviankirkfield - February 16, 2014

That’s what I love so much about being with very young children. They still exist in the NOW…with their entire being they eat (ever watch a youngster who can’t keep still while chowing down?), dance and sleep (that boneless relaxation of every muscle and nerve).
Wonderful post, Nancy…after I read what you’ve written, it is always…better.:)

nrhatch - February 16, 2014

Thanks, Vivian. Your comment is spot on! Young children are so absorbed in the NOW. They are a delight to be around.

And I’m delighted when readers find my posts uplifting. 😀

viviankirkfield - February 18, 2014


4. diannegray - February 16, 2014

We are spiritual beings encased in skin 😉

nrhatch - February 16, 2014

Here’s to embracing the NOW. Loved your post tonight. So funny!

5. shreejacob - February 17, 2014

Agreed. 🙂 Thank you for sharing..and reminding.

nrhatch - February 17, 2014

Thanks, Shree! Here’s to allowing space in our lives for that inner reservoir to surface.

6. Val Boyko - February 17, 2014

I really enjoy being on this journey with you!

nrhatch - February 17, 2014

Thanks, Val. You might be interested in Joanne’s book (link above).

7. brendamarroy - February 17, 2014

I say amen to it all. 🙂

nrhatch - February 17, 2014

Thanks, Brenda! 😀

8. jannatwrites - February 18, 2014

Just be… sounds easy enough 🙂 Great reminder to pay more attention to the silent spaces between thoughts.

nrhatch - February 18, 2014

The world is filled with agitators who ask us to DO more, BUY more, WEIGH less, SPEND more, etc.. Our thoughts hurry and scurry to keep up with all the competing demands.

The silent spaces between thoughts is where Peace resides.

9. My Light Bag - February 19, 2014

Ahh I have recently started experiencing my ‘authentic’ self. And you know what? It wasn’t scary or lonely or any of those things that I thought it would be. It was WONDERFUL! When I let my true self come through, I started seeing the truth in other people. And this truth is so BEAUTIFUL that it really makes me smile and lights up my day whenever I see it in anyone (let’s make that ‘in everyone’).

nrhatch - February 19, 2014

AWESOME! It’s funny how lost we can get with all the roles and parts we play. It’s so wonderful to drop the masks and just be.

10. Three Well Beings - February 20, 2014

I love the accompanying artwork, Nancy! What a perfect match to your thoughts. I have recently found it helpful to speak to myself out loud–not when anyone else is around, of course! 🙂 But at times I think I’m encouraging myself to be bolder with what I think, willing to take my own path even if it creates a few moments of discomfort, and hearing my own voice reinforces my ability to be “awake.” Good books suggestions offered by you and fellow readers!

nrhatch - February 20, 2014

That’s AWESOME! I have had some terrific conversations with myself over the years. Sometimes on paper . . . sometime out loud . . . sometimes both. Write it down. Read it out.

Today, I am firmly on MY OWN PATH and it feels GREAT!!! Most of the discomfort I’ve been feeling of late has resulted from trying to accommodate others at the expense of myself. Sometimes we just need to say, “No, thanks.”

11. colonialist - February 24, 2014

It is interesting to go into all the writings of highly scientific atheists and their conviction that there is no soul, no spirit, no creator, and no higher intelligence or intelligent design. They contend with fanatical persistence that everything that is can be explained by science, and that there is no shred of evidence for spirit or religion – in fact, that the latter is actually the root of many evils.

nrhatch - February 24, 2014

Having spent much of my life as a devout atheist, I am confident that if Spirit wishes to get their attention, it can and will ~ I went from atheist to knowingness in the course of a single evening.

colonialist - February 24, 2014

I have not had any epiphany, but my own sense of logic tells me that the coherence, meaning and purpose which can be detected in all things all point inescapably in that direction.

nrhatch - February 24, 2014

Which may be why you haven’t had an epiphany . . . the Universe knows that you are already OPEN to its mystery so it doesn’t have to SMACK YOU UPSIDE THE HEAD. 😀

colonialist - February 24, 2014

Which it also doesn’t bother to do to those smugly seated in their conviction that all is nothing.

nrhatch - February 24, 2014

Except when it does.

I was firmly and smugly seated in my convictions when Spirit spoke up and got my attention. Quite eye opening. 😯

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