One time I was asked during an interview, “Are you proud of who you’ve become?” Immediately my response just came out of me. I said, “I haven’t become anything. I’ve let go of who I thought I should be.”
I’ve simply shed the beliefs and the pretenses of who I thought I should be. I’ve accepted that my authenticity is the sexiest, coolest, most awesome part of me. That goes for all of us.
There is nothing cooler than your authentic truth
All we have to do is tell the truth. Tell the truth and be kind. All the things that you think you need to be, all the pretenses you’ve built up around yourself, no one even wants it. The world just wants your authentic truth.
For a long time I tried to be someone else. I tried to be the publicist, the party girl, the business owner, the cool girl. I tried to live up to the stories I’d built up around myself, and I was looking for so much outside approval.
But it was only when I stopped trying to be anything but my real, authentic self that world began to see me!
I started to pay close attention to what it felt like to be in alignment with my authentic truth versus what it felt like to be out of alignment. As I got in tune with that authenticity, I started having more fun. I felt more connected. I had more success. My relationships deepened.
Authenticity deepens relationships
Authenticity is so powerful in relationships. If you’ve read Spirit Junkie, you know this story. For the first few years of my relationship with my now-husband, I was trying to be something I wasn’t. I was trying to be cool and easygoing. I was trying to make him like me. It didn’t work.
And then we broke up for year. During that time we were just friends. All of a sudden I didn’t feel so much pressure. I didn’t feel like I had to try so hard. The true Gabby came out! She was weird and silly, she cursed, and she was real. That’s when my husband fell in love with me, because I wasn’t trying to be someone I wasn’t.
As I started to consciously practice authenticity, I realized that my power was already in me. I didn’t have to be inspiring, I just had to feel inspired!
Trying to be someone you’re not weakens your inner power and deprives the world of your greatness.
There’s so much freedom in letting go. It takes a ton of energy to pretend to be someone else. Just imagine how much less energy you’d have to expend if you let yourself be yourself!
How to be yourself: 5 steps to aligning with your truth
I know that being yourself isn’t always as easy as it sounds. So here is my 5-step method for getting into alignment with your truth. Follow it to embrace your real, authentic self!
Step 1: Witness the moments when you’re out of alignment with your truth
The first step is to witness what it’s like to be out of alignment with your truth, your authentic self.
Start to look closely at when you’re out of your truth. Make a list:
- I’m out of my truth when I’m on a date.
- I’m out of my truth when I’m with certain family members.
- I’m out of my truth when I’m at my office.
- I’m out of my truth when I’m on social media.
Then pay attention to how you act and how you feel when you’re out of alignment.
For example, when I’m out of alignment, I speak really fast. I play with my hair a lot. I restrict my breath. Those are my outward behaviors.
Inside, I literally want to shut down. My energy is weakened. I feel bummed out, frustrated and mad at myself. I feel like I’m not being heard, because I’m not. When you’re not in your truth, you cannot be heard.
What does it feel like to be disconnected from your truth? Take note of how it feels, physically and emotionally.
You can finish this sentence: “When I’m out of alignment with my authentic truth, I…”
Step 2: Identify the patterns of when you’re out of alignment
Once you take an honest inventory, you can identify your patterns. It may be the case that you’re always out of alignment when you’re on dates because you’re trying to impress.
Maybe you’re often out of alignment you’re speaking in work meetings. Or maybe you’re out of alignment when you’re with your family.
Look closely at those patterns. What is underneath that fear of being real?
Step 3: Get more honest and authentic
What are the places or situations in your life where you feel safe being more honest and authentic?
I’ve been in sober recovery for more than a decade, and one of the things that I love most about this community is the honesty. Someone you barely know can ask how you’re doing and you can say, “I feel like shit, but I’m here.”
Of course, it’s not always appropriate to tell somebody, “I feel like shit.” Let’s be honest, you probably can’t say that at the office. But how can you be more authentic and real while still being professional?
What if you asked a coworker how they were doing and they said, “I’m actually having a pretty hard time, but I’m working on it”? You might be startled by their honesty at first. But I bet you’d come to appreciate it pretty fast. Their realness would give you an opportunity to be more authentic and vulnerable, too.
This doesn’t mean we want to dump our stuff on people. But just be a bit more real. Get a little more honest in the areas of your life where you can. Where you feel safe being yourself. Tell the truth with kindness.
You can breathe your way back into authenticity
Start to do this by stopping yourself when you notice you’re out of alignment. The easiest way to do this is to simply take a deep breath. You can breathe your way back into authenticity.
One of the biggest benefits to simply taking a deep breath is that it stops us from talking. Often when we’re not being authentic we jibber-jabber. This is definitely true for extroverts. So if you’re an extrovert like me, you might notice that being out of alignment means you start running your mouth.
When you catch yourself in that place, take a deep breath. Use this tool from my book Miracles Now. Ask yourself “WAIT: Why Am I Talking?” Take a beat and take a breath.
If you’re more of an introvert, then this jibber-jabber might be going on in your mind. Maybe you judge that coworker who opened up to you. Or maybe you judge yourself for being uncomfortable by their realness. In that case I suggest you say this prayer.
If you feel really out of whack, then excuse yourself and find a quiet place where you can say a prayer, calm down your breathing or tune in with a quick meditation. Try one of the super-short meditations from my Beginner’s Guide to Meditation.
Step 4: Notice what it feels like to be in alignment with your truth!
This is a fun step! Start to pay attention to when you are in alignment.
What does it feel like for you when you’re in alignment? Try to find an example right now. Maybe you’re in alignment when you’re playing music, when you’re swimming, when you’re with a certain friend or when you’re meditating.
Start to take notes about what it feels like when you’re being your authentic self. Tap into a little bit more. When you’re in it, let it linger a little bit longer. Feel it. Be conscious of it. Appreciate it.
As a result of your newfound awareness, you’ll come back to the light faster. When we bring awareness to any area of our life, that’s when real healing begins to occur.
Step 5: Trust that you’re always being guided
Trust that you are always being guided by a presence greater than your ego mind.
Being your authentic self means you are aligned with your truth. It puts you into vibrational harmony with the Universe and allows you to receive more guidance. You feel like you’re supported, and you become a magnet for what you want.
Accept right now that you are magnificent. Being your real, true, authentic self is what’s most awesome about you. Can you accept that? Your truth is what’s most awesome about you.
Shift from body identification to spirit identification
If you want to go even further, there is a second part to this step. That is to shift from body identification to spirit identification.
When we are in body identification, we are listening to our ego. The ego tells us we’re separate from others, and it judges and compares. In this state, we get caught up in the stories we tell ourselves. Stories about how we look physically, how many credentials we have, how expensive our stuff is, etc.
But when we start to practice authenticity and get into alignment with our truth, we move into spirit identification. In that spirit identification, we accept that we are a spirit among spirits having a human experience. We know we’re all equal, and we’re all one. All the separation dissolves. We feel more connected to ourselves and the world.
On a practical level, being in spirit identification helps us to accept others, treat everyone with compassion and release the burden of judgment.
The world needs you to be more real
We’re living in a time when we are being called to rise into our authentic truth. We are expected to show up in massive, honest ways.
We are the media now. There’s Instagram Live, Facebook Live, Instagram Stories, IGTV, Snapchat, Twitter, podcasts, YouTube and more. We can influence others all day long. Let’s make sure that what we’re sharing is our authentic truth, not false stories.
Let your inner light shine and wake you up. Devote moments in your life to what makes you feel real and what makes your heart sing. Don’t wait for a time when you’re free of fear. Feel the fear and do it anyway. Step into your authentic truth, because your truth will light up the world.
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