Fostering Lesson 7. Authenticity
Summary of skill
- There is something about you that is timeless, that was perceptible in you as a baby, and that will stay with you all your life, through all the stages of your journey.
- This deeper part of yourself is connected with your spiritual purpose, why you are here; you are made the way you are made for good reason, as part of the Divine plan.
- Authenticity is searching for and being open to this deeper part. Being authentic enhances your sense of well-being and vitality.
- Being inauthentic to yourself (and to the Higher Power) is going against this part in what you choose to do with yourself and your life. Being inauthentic saps your vitality and diminishes your sense of well-being.
- Authenticity is discovering, choice by choice, moment by moment, the emergence of this deeper part of your own nature, celebrating it, embracing it, allowing it.
- Authenticity is putting away or pulling down your “masks” so that your deeper inner self can shine through.
- In that nakedness from your “pretend self” you can feel pretty vulnerable and be in a state of “not knowing” how to be or what to do.
- Reflection: as a spiritual leader, what is your nature and destiny in spiritual community? What is heaven’s mandate urging you towards at this moment in your life? How does that impact you, make you vulnerable?
- Small group exercise: Discuss these issues while your partners practice Active Compassionate Listening; switch roles
Resources for reflection & discussion
- Claude Larre, in Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee and Claude Larre on nature and destiny, heaven’s mandate, in The Seven Emotions: Psychology and Health in Ancient China , p. 9
- Juan Ramon Jimenez # 42, “A remembrance is moving”
- Wendy Palmer The Intuitive Body “Not-Knowing” pp. 61 – 66
- Robert A. Johnson & Jerry M. Ruhl Living Your Unlived Life, pp. 1 – 17 “Realizing Our Full Potential,” pp. 19 – 42 “Divided We Become as We Grow Up,” and pp. 43 – 69 “Midlife: The Call to Greater Wholeness”