Knowing your true self

Yourself is the inner you, the authentic you, your true self. Getting in touch with your inner you requires you to listen more to your feelings as opposed to the constant chitchat in your head. It is notoriously quiet and it’s easily drowned out by other noises, hence the effects of social media. If you can connect with your inner self and listen to how you feel, then you can start to hear the inner you. It’s a feeling more than words. This is a weighty concept to arrive at. Am I freaking you out? Think about that for a minute. Feelings are a more powerful indicator of your truth than the profusion and often confusion of thoughts floating around in your head.

There is a great saying by Abraham Hicks, “If you do not feel excited then you are not on the right path”. Dwell on that for a moment to help you process what this means. Feelings represent an alignment to the true self or your authentic truth.

If you feel good or something feels right then your thoughts, feelings and actions are in alignment with your true self or authentic truth. Likewise, if it does not feel good or something feels bad, your thoughts, feelings and actions are not in alignment with your true self. Some say that this is our internal guidance system navigating us. And yes we do need an internal GPS. The reason is because we have developed such educated and sophisticated minds that we have the ability to talk ourselves into and out of anything. We have become experts at carrying out internal debate, poring over the rationale and logic, viewing from all perspectives and spending hours weighing up the pros and cons to justify almost any decision. This constant analysis, which is directed by the mind, drowns out the internal guidance system that is provided to you by your feelings.

The mind can be very convincing in its ability to leverage rational thought and logic to persuade us to make decisions and take actions. Although, it does go without saying, the mind is an essential tool. Yet it is equally important to realise that it is not the only tool that you have access to. You have feelings that you need to tap into and leverage to complement your mental processing. You need to tune into your feelings and determine whether there is a feeling or uneasiness associated with the thought. Let the feeling take the lead. Not the mind.

You know the old saying “listen to your gut”. Well that is excellent advice. It’s pointing out the feeling, which often sits in the stomach, and the importance that the feeling plays. How many times have you made a logical, well thought through decision but at the same time recognise that you felt uneasy about it? And how many times are those the decisions that come back to bite??

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