Issue 27 – Being Your Authentic Self
This issue of Practical Spiritual Life Magazine is about the joys and struggles of being your authentic self. Who am I? And how can I be true to my highest self?
- • Being True to Your Authentic Self
- “Just be who you are” is advice easy to give, but not so easy to follow sometimes. Often we don’t even know who we really are and what’s best for us. What does it mean to be authentic and what does it give us? How can we know when we’re being authentic?
- • Note from Nayaswami Kamala
- If, collectively, we act as a great lens to focus this peace and harmony, it will illuminate this earth and drive out the shadows. Please join us. Be a channel of the Divine Light.
- • To Be Nobody but Yourself …
- Poem by E. E. Cummings
- • How to Reconnect with Your Authentic Self
- Some journal questions, strategies, and inspiration for just being who you truly are.
- • Introspection
- Affirmation and Prayer for Self-Healing
- • The Noble New
- A beautiful song performed by the White Light Kirtan Band
- • Do You Really Know Who You Are?
- You think you know who you are, right? You’ve been around with yourself for more years than anyone else, so you should be the one to know you best. But I am here to tell you straight in the face that you don’t have a clue who you really are.
- • Recognizing Verbal Abuse
- So You Can Take Steps to End It
- • Your Vulnerability Superpower
- I’ve found my ability to step into vulnerability has helped me become more courageous, wise, resilient, focused, and powerful than I ever thought possible.
- • Sing Your Own Special Song
- Living Wisely, Living Well
“I’m feeling so discouraged and anxious when I look at everything that’s happening in the world today,” a friend recently wrote. It’s hard not to respond in this way when we see violence and hatred running rampant across the planet.
But spiritual teachings are not just pleasant sentiments that we dust off and display on a sunny afternoon. They are powerful tools—invincible weapons, in fact—with which to battle the darkness and negativity that we encounter around and within us.
Here are two spiritual tools from Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi you can use:
Visualization for World Peace
Visualize a globe of blue light at the point between your eyebrows—a light that is both very powerful and innately intelligent. Now let it spread until it illuminates your whole brain, then descends down your neck to fill your whole body. See this light expanding beyond your body, filling the room you are in and permeating your home with warmth and peace. Let the light continue to spread until it fills your town . . . your state . . . your country . . . and finally the whole planet. See everyone and everything bathed in this light.
Now let it touch all areas of shadow or conflict. Feel the glow connecting everyone on a deep, non-verbal level. Let the light take on a vibration of loving friendship, removing all separation. Now, bless the entire world with the Peace and Harmony Prayer.
The Peace and Harmony Prayer
For one minute (about ten repetitions) repeat: “Lord, fill this world with peace and harmony, peace and harmony.”
Then for 15 seconds (three repetitions) repeat: “Lord, fill me with peace and harmony, peace and harmony.”
If, collectively, we act as a great lens to focus this peace and harmony, it will illuminate this earth and drive out the shadows.
Please join us. Be a channel of the Divine Light.
With Love and Blessings,
Creator and Founder, Practical Spiritual Life Magazine