“Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.” ~ Kahlil Gibran, The Vision: Reflections on the Way of the Soul
The more aware I become of who I am underneath it all, of how life works and of what’s happening all around us, the more I realize that the “rules” of this world and the many things we were taught while growing up by everyone we came in contact with were in a way meant to move us further and further away from our true nature, our inner wisdom and our real power. They were all meant to make us forget about ourselves, about our own beauty and about the reason for our existence and the purpose of our lives.
I have no idea how it all started and how we got to this place where fear, doubt, and insecurity are so present in our lives, and where love is something we run away from. Nor do I know how we got to this place where most of us have no idea who we are and why we are here. But what I do know for sure is that there is more to life than what meets the eye; there is more to us than what we believe, and there is more to life than what we were taught to believe.
There is so much beauty, so much love, so much wisdom and so much wealth hidden within each and every one of us, and if we could find the courage to question our beliefs, our ideas and our thoughts about who we are, about what we can be, what we can do and what we can have, no longer blindly following the rules, beliefs, ideas and concepts of other people, then we will most definitely start to see things differently. We will most definitely allow ourselves to break free from the prison we have been living in for so many years and let go of everything that no longer serves us.
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?” ~ Rumi
You weren’t born to live in fear, nor were you born to doubt yourself, to hide and to live a life that has no purpose and no meaning. You were born to love, to shine, to thrive and to share your beautiful light and amazing presence with the rest of the world. Because who you are, what you know, the gifts you possess and the wisdom that’s present within you matters a great deal.
There is no need to hide. No need to wear masks and pretend that you’re like everyone else. The world needs you. It needs you to be YOU, not a cheap copy of everybody else. It needs you to do your part, to play your role and to be the best YOU can be. Because if you don’t, the world will be without a source of many wonderful things.
“Never hide yourself! When you say something, don’t be in the shadow; let everyone see you! Whatever you say, always put your name under it! Be courageous enough not to use any mask; don’t forget that hiding among the bushes is the affair of the cowards! Let the Sun shine on your face and every man see you!” ~ Mehmet Murat
Way too many people fear to be themselves. They fear being seen and being known. Don’t let that be you.
Fear is way too present in our day to day lives, and even though it feels so real, so powerful and so much bigger than we ourselves are, it really isn’t. Fear is just an illusion, and we have to start treating it as such.
In the Tao Te Ching, this incredible book that was written more than 2,500 years ago, Lao Tzu speaks about this so beautifully: “There is no greater illusion than fear, no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself, no greater misfortune than having an enemy. Whoever can see through all fear will always be safe.” ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
There is no greater illusion than fear, and if we open our hearts to love, tearing down all the walls we have built to keep suffering away from us, we will be able to recognize and know this truth. Because love is the language of the soul, love is who we truly are. And if we let love in, fear will immediately start to fade away.
Open your heart to love and let it flow in and out of your life. Never be afraid to love, for love can’t hurt you. Love can only love.
Love and embrace yourself. Love and embrace your uniqueness. Love and embrace your life, your purpose and the reason of your existence. Don’t hide yourself from yourself. Shine your light. Spread your wings. Be yourself. Be free!