Awakening the Authentic Self: The Path to Conscious Embodiment
What does it mean to awaken to our authentic self? The authentic self can be thought of as our primordial essence – our true nature. It is reflected in our unique song that is distinct and inherent in each one of us. However, biological, cultural, and collective conditioning and experiences can create obstacles so that we do not have access to knowing ourselves in this way. We operate instead, from a version of ourselves, one that was set-up by the external conditions in our environment or those of our ancestors.
At some point in life, we may feel a calling to awaken from our slumber- and we begin the journey to return – to re-member, and become who are meant to be. When we begin the awakening process, we allow ourselves to sit with the wounded aspects of ourselves that are held out of conscious awareness – and we do this with compassion and love. And through this process, we learn to extend that same compassion to others. As our compassion increases, we begin to have a sense of our inter-connectivity to others, to nature, and to the planet. Presently, we have lost touch with our true essence and collectively we are all being called to embark on this journey to awaken.
As humans, we are given a set of maps to accompany us on our journey. Maps such as the nervous system, the developmental stages of childhood, and the subtle energy systems are in place to support us as we embark on the process of healing our own developmental wounds and the wounds of our ancestors – all necessary aspects to align our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. In the Western world, there are somatic therapies that connect the mind and body, but ignore the spiritual aspects of our being. And there are spiritual philosophies that connect the psyche and spirit, yet ignore the body. Honoring the full spectrum of our human experience involves our acknowledgment that we are both matter and energy. That our life force seeks the full expression of ourselves through the elements of body and sensation (earth), intuition (fire), emotions (water) and thinking (air). By bringing these elements into balance within ourselves, we return to our innate wholeness- to our authentic blueprint, and we discover who we truly are, and who we are truly meant to be.