How To Find Your True Path In Life

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It is always an inspiration to do more when one is given recognition for their efforts. In a lot of cases, people don’t receive positive feedback or recognition for things that mean a lot to them and that they are passionate about. But this shouldn’t stop you from expressing yourself and following the path that excites you. Some people wonder what their path is and don’t know what to do. The pursuit of the path that you should be on is more simple than you might think. Simply engage with anything and everything that captures your interest, no matter what it is. Immerse yourself in it and feel the nice emotions that it creates within you. Perhaps you won’t be ready to express your passion or interest out into the world right away and this is definitely very common and absolutely ok! Sit with it and work with it until you are ready to share. There really isn’t any rush at all. Don’t let fear keep you from expressing yourself.

Another thing we would like you to keep in mind is that your path, meaning your passions and interests, may change over the course of your lifetime. Just because you were interested in one thing at some point in your life doesn’t mean you need to stick with it for the remainder of your lifetime. If you continue to be happy about it for your whole life, then by all means continue to do so and no change is needed. But don’t stop yourself from pursuing something new and different, simply because you feel or others are making you feel that it is your duty to do so. Your only duty is to yourself and to remain true to yourself. What do we mean by this? Remaining true to yourself is living in your truth. Living in your truth is living your life and expressing yourself in a way that brings you happiness!

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Many will stumble upon judgment from others about what they want to do and how they want to express themselves. Some people around you and close to you might have a lot to say about the pursuit of your dreams becoming reality and discourage you from it, citing that it is impossible and that you’ll just be wasting your time. Remember that this life you are living is for you and you only. They have their own lives to live so you shouldn’t sacrifice your life in order to please them. Otherwise you risk a lifetime wasted and full of regret. Don’t create this future for yourself where you lay in your deathbed and look back on what you should have done, on how you should have been brave enough and believed in yourself enough. This is a very sad story indeed.

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Here is a simple technique to help you to discover what interests you and what you are passionate about if you aren’t aware of it yet. Go into a bookstore or an online bookstore. Don’t worry, this exercise doesn’t involve you having to actually read any books unless that is something that you like to do. Look at the different categories in the bookstore. Music, Technology, Philosophy, Travel, Self Help, Meditation, Biographies, Mystery, etc. After you find a few categories that you feel might interest you, look at them and choose the one that interests you the absolute most. Ponder what it is that interests you about this subject. Perhaps it is art! In this case, you might want to pursue expressing yourself in an artistic way such as drawing, painting, writing stories or poetry, sculpture, making jewelry, etc. Looking at these categories can help give you clues as to what it is you like.

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We know that many will just now be thinking: “Well, how will I pursue my passion and interests when I have to work for a living?” This is a very valid question and we have the answer for you! All you need to do is etch out some time in your schedule to pursue this interest. You do not have to quit your job or subtract time from paying attention to your family or friends. Consider it to be a special time where you are doing something for you and only you. If your days are especially hectic and filled, get up a half an hour or an hour earlier where everything is still quiet and give yourself this special time. The more you pursue your interest, the more clues and opportunities will appear from the universe to encourage you and help you to succeed at your goals. Don’t sit around thinking: “Oh well, I tried this for a whole month and nothing is happening!” Trust that it will come and don’t even think about it. Immerse yourself in what you are doing and experience the pure joy that it gives you. This pure feeling of joy and magic is what will bring about the signs from the universe that you are on your true path. The more you spend time in this magical zone, the more you will feel freer and happier. In time, your passion may actually become your profession as it has for many. If it can happen for them, then it can happen for you too because you are all worthy and loved!

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If you are feeling committed to finding your own path, don’t spend most of your time watching TV or on social media. These are external pursuits that will not bring your dreams any closer to you. If you like being on the internet to do research and read about your passions and interests, we consider this to be a constructive tool to use. But make sure to take time to also take a walk and breathe in some fresh air or do some exercise, just to give your brain a break from that kind of stimulation. Human brains and all brains need time to wind down so if you are having trouble relaxing or falling asleep, your online screen time may be the culprit. We will expand on this subject in another post in the future. For now, we wish you all the best in pursuing your dreams and expressing yourself. The whole universe is waiting to see the brilliance of who you are and know that we are cheering you on every step of the way.

How to Truly Overcome the Imposter Syndrome-It’s About More Than Self Confidence

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And so it begins. The feeling that you’re not good enough. The realization that everyone will figure out what an imposter you are. This will be followed by complete shame and the horrifying observation of the look of scorn that will be worn on the disapproving faces around you when they all see what a fraud you are. Was it something you did? Was it something you said? Well, guess what? Who cares about others and what they think? You need to take care of yourself because no one else will. We don’t mean for you not to care about other people or that it’s ok to harm other people. Violence and unkindness is never encouraged under any circumstance. But what we want to focus on here is that the willing will become unwilling around you if you start acting in ways that they don’t approve of or acting in ways that threaten them. The most common way that people feel threatened and it’s not very often spoken about plainly is when they see someone in their circle succeeding. They may not feel threatened when they see someone in the media doing so and they may feel slight envy for a successful stranger. But concerning someone they know? Someone in their immediate surroundings who is more successful than them is seen as an immediate threat because it takes them out of their comfort zone. They can no longer appease themselves by saying: “Well, I’m doing so much better than everyone around me. I perceive myself as highly competent and this is reinforced by looking at those around me who I consider to not be doing as well as I am and so I feel better than them.”

There is nothing wrong with having these feelings because you are living a human experience and therefore, it is natural to have certain kinds of thoughts and feelings throughout your life. The challenge here is, or as they would say in corporate speak, the opportunity here is to recognize these feelings and thoughts within yourself, acknowledge them and then let them go. Do not take them into your being. Recognize them as simply what that they are and let them go. This includes the thoughts of feeling less than other people, judged by other people or thinking that we are better than some people and that they are the imposters and not us.

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Yes, we can hear the arguments coming through of “Well, surely I’m better than those in maximum security prisons and on death row. Surely I’m better than those druggies shooting up in the parking lot down on the corner. And I’m surely better than that family who lives down the street that can’t even mow their lawn once a month and has started a junkyard collection in their backyard. Surely I am better than all of those people. Not to mention that I have a great job and a new car.” Bravo for all of these things that you have achieved and that made you feel good and proud! Your achievements are truly celebrated but your successes do not diminish the value of others. As for the people mentioned in the few examples described above, they have chosen to play a role in this lifetime of theirs in order to experience different things. One of the experiences they seek may be to be scorned and looked down upon by others so in that fact, you are fulfilling your role by giving them what they desire! But in this life, there is more to do than play roles. If you are a reader of this blog or a listener of this podcast, it means that you are seeking additional information and that you are open to receiving it. If you find this material interesting, it means you are desiring to wake up to new ideas and new ways of perceiving things. What we are trying to do here is guide you through this process. So we must say many things about people and their behaviors and perceptions. The things that we say are never in judgment for we are kind and compassionate observers who will also assist you if that would be something you ask us for and desire. Otherwise, we do not assist or interfere with anyone and remain kind and loving observers to you all.

Getting back to the point. The single most experience that every person on earth is seeking is expansion. It’s not about the roles you play out throughout your day. It’s not about cars or travel or money. It’s about the expansion of your perspective and the expansion of your soul’s evolution. Of course, in the pursuit of material things, you may be more free to travel and see and experience a vast variety of occurrences. But we would like to say to you is that even someone who has never even traveled to the next town can pursue and achieve more expansion than someone who has traveled to over forty countries and sailed all of the seven seas. It all depends on where that person’s state of mind is. If the state of mind is stuck in looking at the pond and having only shallow, material pursuits, their expansion will be less than someone who simply sits and observes, inquires and searches within themselves for answers instead of outside of themselves in the vast illusion that is the woven matrix covering your world.

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There is nothing wrong with the person who travels or pursues outside of themselves. This may be the experience they want to have in this lifetime so let them do as they wish.  But if you are seeking further depth and expansion, know that you don’t need money or education or the approval of others to achieve it.  All you need is yourself and to learn to sit quietly with yourself and not be afraid to do that.  We know it’s not an easy thing to do.  We know that regrets, painful memories and trauma will come into your minds when you do this.  We know that you may feel loneliness and feel like you should be out at a party or with a group of friends dancing or continuously engaging with or seeking to find a significant other.  You are free to do all of these things but if it is expansion that you seek, then you must be brave and sit with yourself.  Start working on observing your thoughts and feelings of guilt, inadequacy, fears, etc.  Know that once you work through all of these issues as if peeling an onion, layer by layer, you will soon come upon your core.  Your core is the real you without the disapproval of yourself, without the judgment of yourself, without the fear of being yourself and of living this human life.  All that will remain is the pure you who is loved and precious and magnificent.

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You are not an imposter in this life. You are not here to seek and achieve approval and admiration from others. You are here to be you and we say to you that you are all more than good enough and you have nothing to prove. You are all loved every minute of every day by many beyond the veil and most of all by All That Is. You are a part of the greatness of the universe and nothing is flawed in this universe though it may seem to be so from a human perspective. Continue to pursue your true greatness and leave behind the disapproval of yourself. It is not for you to judge yourself or to judge others. Turn your attention away from all of that. Sit with yourself, and observe the unkind thoughts you have of yourself. No matter how factual and based in reality they may seem to you, be brave and let them go. Start to approve of yourself no matter how much in shambles your life may seem from your perspective. We can guarantee you with a hundred percent certainty that you are not an imposter and that you are valuable. Your contributions of expansion that you create as you live your life are valuable and cherished by All That Is.