I believe that the moment you love and respect yourself enough to follow your own path–regardless of what others might tell you is right or wrong for you–you put something beautiful into the world that wasn’t there before.
“We have all been placed on this earth to discover our own path, and we will never be happy if we live someone else’s idea of life.” – James Van Praagh
You’re Here to Be You, So Be What Only You Can Be
This is my road to walk. Others can walk it with me, but no one can walk it for me.
You don’t really need to strive to be what no one else can be, because you’re already that–no one else can be you in your entirety; nobody can copy your unique energetic signature, and that’s why you’re here.
You’re here to be you, to follow your own path that’s constantly being laid out for you–all you need to do is listen.
As Maya Angelou once said, “The bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Sing your song because you have that song in you. “Don’t die with your music still in you,” as Dr. Wayne Dyer would say, and don’t die while you’re still alive.
If you follow the crowd, you can only go as far as the crowd goes. If you follow your own path, you may find yourself living in a state without limits, without borders.
You’re here to be you, so do what only you can do and be what only you can be. Nobody else can do things exactly like you can, because there would be no you in the thing. It’s what you bring into this world that makes an impact.
The moment you accept your capacity to make an impact on the world, the potential of your impact becomes so much greater.
Freedom Lies in Accepting, and Enjoying, Yourself
The moment I accept my power to leave an impression on the world, life becomes a joy to live.
Accepting yourself for who you really are is a powerful way to amplify your impact. You cannot leave an authentic impression on the world if you’re not being true to who you are in the first place–you’re not coming from truth, so truth is not what you’ll experience.
Acceptance also frees you to enjoy the journey that is your life, and to appreciate the little things along the way. Life opens up to you when you open up to yourself.
It’s easier to be creative, to think of new ways of doing things, when you’re free from the internal turmoil of unworthiness, self-doubt, judgment, and guilt. Negativity, in whatever form it takes, is like a cage that keeps your imagination stuck in one place, only seeing what is right in front of it.
Accept yourself, and you free yourself to dream up creative solutions to the self-limiting beliefs and circumstances that seem to keep you stuck, not living a life that feels like your own. Accept where you are now, and even if you’re following someone else’s idea of life, you can acknowledge this step as a worthwhile guidepost in your own journey.
What if you don’t know what your path is, who you really are, what you’re supposed to do, and who you’re supposed to be? In his book, A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle explains that “I don’t know” is not confusion. Confusion is: “I don’t know, but I should know” or “I don’t know, but I need to know.”
If you can release the belief that you should or need to know who you are, confusion leaves, because you cease to look to thought for your identity. “When you fully accept that you don’t know,” writes Eckhart, “you actually enter a state of peace and clarity that is closer to who you truly are than thought could ever be. Defining yourself through thought is limiting yourself.”
All forms of acceptance offer freedom from whatever is limiting you from following the direction of your heart.
Follow Your Own Path: It’s Meant for You
I intend to live a life that feels like my own.
A fulfilled life is not one that’s filled with labels and achievements, but one that is self-fulfilling and full of meaning. Those who are happiest enjoy who they are, what they do, and how they do it. They spend time filling themselves up and giving back to the world. What they can be, they must be.
Your path doesn’t need to have any monetary value, even. Your path may be how you make people feel, or how you experience your experiences, because those build the foundation of both your present-moment joy and your legacy.
If you’re relaxed with who you are–or you’ve given up the belief that you should or need to know who you are–others can relax in your presence. Life can become easier and more meaningful to you. Negative perceptions (whether your own or those of others) cannot make their way into your heart and stay there for very long.
When you allow yourself to just be who you are–not repressing your wants or needs, accepting who you really are, staying true to what makes you feel alive right no–you have a healing influence on everything and everyone around you. This is because you have a healing influence on yourself.
When you understand that to follow your own path is to live according to your idea of life, all you can ask of others is to not stand in your light. You can ask that no one obstruct the way you are propelled to follow. No one can silence the callings of your heart, just make way for you to shine.
- What does following your own path mean to you?
- Are you living according to your idea of life? If not, how can you start now?
Please share your thoughts, helpful insights for living true to yourself, healing lessons, and any inspiring stories with me in the comments.
Share this affirmation with someone who might appreciate the light.
Do not stand in your own light.
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