Who are You? Who is the Self that Would be Authentic?

How would you reply, were I to ask you, “Who are you?” Actually, take a moment to consider who you are. Really! Who are you? Perhaps you might pause a moment, and say out loud who you think you are. Someone might reply to me, “My name is Sarah, I am a 41-year-old architect. I am divorced, and the single mom of two children. Between driving my daughter to karate, my son to soccer, minding a house, and keeping my career, I’m exhausted!” I might reply, “Sarah, I understand your exhaustion. Yet how can this be you? There was a time when you hadn’t children. A time when you were in love with your fiance. A time when you were a college student, not an architect. Wasn’t that you back then too? ”

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The Angel and the Seekers

Here is a fable I wrote which was published in the East-West Journal in 1975. I feel it appropriate to again publish it through this authenticity blog, given that the tale addresses the seemingly misdirected spiritual striving which still is rampant. We don’t need more “ascended masters”. We need descended masters! Enjoy…..

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Analysis Paralysis and Starship Captain Jean Luc Picard

Expressing our authenticity sometimes requires making a decision through which our living will be carried forward. Yet not all decisions are obvious. When faced with a decision, occasionally we may get stuck in analysis paralysis – unable to decide between this and that. At such times, Captain Jean Luc Picard, Captain of the starship USS Enterprise (Star Trek: The Next Generation), may point the way out of our predicament.

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Looking for Direction in All the Wrong Places

I work with many intelligent persons. Despite their intelligence, often they are stymied by dilemmas with which they have struggled in thought – often for a very long time. Occasionally I may remark, “With your obvious intelligence and with all your thinking about this, if you haven’t yet arrived at answer, perhaps it might be because you’ve been searching for your answer in the wrong place.”

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Some Psychological Skills which Enable Authentic Living

Persons who live authentically seem to share certain common skills and attributes. Like breathing in and breathing out, those skills resemble an ongoing pulsation of sensing within and acting without. They could be described as skills of self-discovery and self-expression.

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