Freedom is the precursor to full and authentic expression. It allows you to shine your light into this world. Many times we find ourselves conflicted over expressing ourselves because we’re afraid of how others will perceive you.
The thing to remember is that it doesn’t matter what people think about you. Their judgments, thoughts and beliefs can only affect you by consent. We ourselves are the ones who buy into this belief that others can influence us or that their thoughts and opinions matter more than our own.
This is why many of us fail to express ourselves; because we value the thoughts of others and not our own. We must be brave enough to express ourselves no matter what; don’t allow fear to hold you down. If people don’t like what you say; that’s their problem.
That doesn’t mean you should be insensitive or cruel to others. You should abide by the Golden Rule and treat others the way you would want to be treated. What I’m trying to convey is to be yourself. You don’t have to be afraid of what others will say or think.
This is the trap that I’ve found myself in many times. I was the type of person who just wanted to get along with everyone. I would never rock the boat; I would do what everyone else was doing to fit in. This though led to much suppression of my true self. Many things I wouldn’t do or say because I wanted to fit in.
This behavior will only leave one feeling empty and hollow. That’s what I’ve come to learn along my journey of life. Every time I failed to express myself I was paying tribute to fear. Fear began to run my life and slowly lead me down a path of misery and pain. Fear is a poor manager of one’s life and it will only destroy your sense of self-worth and joy. When we fail to express ourselves; we’ll develop depression, anxiety and many other mental illnesses.
Whatever it is that you love to do; do it. Don’t be afraid if it doesn’t conform to what society deems acceptable. Express yourself whenever you get the calling to. If you see someone who needs help with something and you’re first reaction is to assist them; don’t hesitate and make up excuses why you shouldn’t; follow that impulse of wanting to help another human being. That’s your True Self wanting to be expressed.
That’s something I would do all the time; I would get these impulses to assist or do something good for someone else; but then my logical and rational self would step in and make up all kinds of excuses on why I shouldn’t or cannot help. This is fear trying to repress your true self. Every act of kindness makes a difference in freeing humanity from the chains of fear.
Don’t allow your synthetic self to govern your life. This false persona will only lead you down the path of misery, pain and suffering. It seeks everything that is tied to this world; this world is impermanent. That is why identification with this worldly existence will corrode ones self-worth, happiness, joy and abundance. When we sell ourselves short by identifying with our finite self we lose sight to who we truly are. Each and every single one of us are eternal beings of light. Don’t trade your eternal self for a finite self. Respect this worldly existence for what it is; but don’t attribute your entire sense of meaning and purpose to it.
Be yourself, be love and watch the world flourish. Say whatever is on your mind; if your intent is not to harm another; then don’t hesitate to say it. Don’t dwell on their interpretation; what’s important is to express yourself. As long as your intention is to not harm another and simply share your thoughts or opinions; that’s all that matters.
That’s why I’ve started this website because it’s been instrumental in allowing me to express myself. Each article that I share and write assists in overcoming my own fears. This is crucial for me on my journey; to not suppress my true self. If you can relate to what I’ve shared then by all means find an avenue to express yourself. It could be a website like myself or it could be something entirely different.
People use a wide variety of means to express themselves. Some use art, writing, cooking, working and teaching to express themselves. These are just few examples from the infinite well of ways in expressing oneself. For each and every single person on this world there is a unique expression that only they can fulfill. Find that gem within yourself and show it to the world. Your example will help others break the chains of fear and help uplift this world to state of being that is worthy for humanity. Be love, be brave and be your true self.