"Know thyself" - Socrates
As I progressed in my life, as I became more aware of myself, I started having a purposeful, joyous life having deep connections with people whom I earlier resisted because of my own battle with myself, I started doing things that I was fearful of and never imagined I could do but desired to do, I slowly understood the power of knowing thyself. What exactly is knowing thyself and why it changes everything for good?! Nothing in this world is real, it's the meaning that we give to things that we think it to be real. Our thoughts aren't real, our mind is not 100% correct but a manifestation of what possibilities we think is possible. Life is infinite and so are the experiences. We are much more than our thoughts and meanings that we give to ourselves, others and all the happenings on this earth. We are limitless, our possibilities are limitless. The programming that is inside us determines what reality we will create in our lives. Anyways, one day we all will leave this world after playing our part here. Whether you played it full, halfheartedly or whether you lived in constant fear, doubt, uncertainty determines what you will experience and what idea you will have of life and people in general. Knowing oneself opens the doors to possibilities. Once you know thyself, what is important is to conquer that part of you that holds you back from experiencing your true potential, your limitless power. Yes, conquering the 'fear-based you', is what this life's journey is all about. You don't need to conquer anything else. No people, no place, no relationship, nobody for that matter but your 'fear-based you' that remains inside of you to protect you. The irony is, it never allows you to experience the limitless possibilities that resides inside you. Because with protection comes doubts, uncertainties and fears. Overcoming these is a big challenge because we are used to being protected: protected in the womb, as we grow up, protected by our own mechanism of self-defense. And alas, we loose the beauty of knowing ourselves and what we can create!
We are infinite. We are boundless. I regret for having spent most of my life living in fear, doubt, uncertainty, living in obligation and approval from myself, others. What a waste of this precious life! Isn't it? I wish I knew this before. Hold on, I knew all of these intellectually, I am an avid reader and had all this wisdom intellectually as to what is right and not right. But, did I do it despite of knowing it? No, I didn't because my four bodies: mental, emotional, physical and spiritual bodies were not in sync and not prepared to accept the learning and use it to action. I just knew it but didn't grow across the bodies to actually imbibe those learning for bettering myself. I guess I have grown now and am ready to receive this viscerally and apply to increase my vibration and energy.
Most of the time we focus on what should be right, what could be right, how others should respond, what others should do, why I am not doing what needs to be done etc. etc. We just justify our actions and make a fool of ourselves. We don't want to really know the truth. We keep running away from it till we are fortunate enough to be hit by life itself or realize ourselves about this futility. When we focus on ourselves, when we try to understand why we are doing what we are doing, why the fear, when we open up to accept the truths which necessarily doesn't belong to us, when we choose to question our thoughts, thinking and the box that we are residing in, that's when we break the first wall of our own creative reality. When we decide to really uncover the truth, we drop our perceptions, our thoughts and be OK with letting it down and even completely erasing it, in fact replacing it with a new empowering thought that will take us one step closer to our purpose. It's easy to live a life of approval and obligation but hard to live a life of purpose and joy. Because that requires challenging our old self, challenging our habitual programmed self and conquering our fear-based self. Once you can do that, life becomes beautiful, meaningful with nothing to hide and prove. Then all your dreams come true, all your relationships get better, your career becomes more fulfilling and you just create the life that you want. Conquering your 'fear-based you' gives you the power to create the life of your choice where you are the master of it.
This new year, I urge you all to reflect on conquering your 'fear-based you' to live a life of purpose and joy. Until you decide and walk that path, you will never know the peace that is there while doing this. You are more than your fears, doubts, uncertainty. You are your life's creator. Uncover the essence in you to have a majestic life ahead.
Wish you a happy, fulfilling and abundant 2019.
Love and warmth, Priyanka
Coach to People Leaders, Start-up Founders & Transitioning professionals