Are you being the Authentic Self?


Authentic: Being actually and precisely what is claimed. Conforming to an original so as to reproduce essential features. Implies accordance with an original or type without counterfeiting, admixture or adulteration. – Webster’s New College Dictionary

Are you actually and precisely being true to the original essence of Self? Edge Life Editor Tim Miejan in his September editorial stated, "We are the one’s we have been waiting for." My question to you is: Have you identified the authentic you – and do you know which Self is showing up in your everyday life? The authentic Self or the counterfeit Self? Do you even know the difference between the two, or are you confused and lost?

I was fortunate to be able to secure a booth at this year’s Edge Life Expo. I was able to talk to and connect with the energy of some very awesome and beautiful people. Each one was drawn to my booth for reasons they did not understand. Yet, each one was interested in discovering, exploring and creating a new balance in their life experience. As I began to work on their energy chakras, I found that the crown, third eye and throat chakras were blocked in so many of the individuals with whom I did energy work. Not only blocked, but there was energy backing up, waiting to flow in. It was like an iron curtain of energy, just below the throat chakra, that kept them stuck in their heads. They were struggling to break free of the confusion, uncertainty and doubt that held them imprisoned within.

Their crown chakras were closed. That happens when we experience uncertainty, or experience apprehension when we are presented with new energies of possibility in our life experience. Their third eye chakras were closed. That happens when we doubt our own clarity, awareness, understanding and insight within everyday life. The throat chakras were closed. That happens when we hold back the thoughts and clarity that we experience and do not communicate and share our clarity or awareness with others. I found that my clients were doubting their authentic, intuitive Self! But why?

If we truly are waiting for ourselves to show up and be authentic, then what is the delay? I am not talking about you changing the world around you, by doing something. I am suggesting that you change the world within you, by being the authentic energy of self! How is your relationship with your self? Is it authentic? So what are you waiting for? What are you afraid of, or concerned about? Are you closing your Self off, concerned about how another person may react? Are you denying your Self because of another person? Are you honoring the relationship with another more than honoring your true, authentic relationship with Self? Do you believe another person more than you believe yourself? Are you experiencing your authentic Self or the counterfeit Self? Can you recognize the difference?

Another perspective

Here is what I believe. I am not my physical body. I am not my thoughts. I am not my job. I am not my experiences. I am not my relationships. I am not my choices. I am not my struggles. I am the essence of pure consciousness experiencing these experiences, through the physical human experience! So "I" don’t hold onto anything I say, experience or choose in my experience of Self. I don’t hold onto anything anyone else says either. It is just an experience! But I see a value in everything I experience. I am not interested in discovering my Self, according to the rules created for me by another person. I encourage every individual Self, in a personal experience of Self, to demonstrate the authentic Self. Step beyond the experience that is consuming you and discover the authentic Self within the human experience, defying the old rules that have existed for you.

Here is what I tell everyone: Don’t believe anything I say, and don’t believe anything anyone else says either. What I say, or what someone else tells you, is only a possibility not yet confirmed by you, as having value for you. In a future moment, it may be realized as your truth, or it may hold a degree of value for you – or it may not. In either case, it is for you to choose – for you, according to your true, present moment, authentic Self. This happens as you awaken, evolve and discover the authentic YOU from within.

If you don’t go within, you will go without. If you go without, you will go without, until you go within.

My truth is, I am not here to do anything. I AM here to participate and be a part of something. I AM who I am waiting for. I AM here for me! I AM here to demonstrate my authentic Self, to myself, within the universal experience of Self. I AM awakening to my authentic Self and participating in all the ways I choose to demonstrate my Self to be. Everything else is just my experiences. Everyone else is a part of my experience of Self. Thank you for being here with me! My authentic, conscious Self existed before the universal experience of Self began. I promised my Self that I would not lose my authentic, conscious Self within it! Have you lost You?

My friends, it all about perspective! If you can see the experience as only an experience, then it begins to lose its power over you and within you. You are the only one who can give this gift to You. No one else can. Everyone else around you is just there to discourage or encourage you, as they too discover their authentic Self.

Are you waiting for someone else to show you the authentic You! Look within! Are you waiting for someone else to give you permission? This is why you are here, to discover the authentic You, within the human experience that is Not True to You! This is an adventure. It is not about life, death and taxes; it is about living! The integrity of the original purpose of the universal experience of Self is returning. You can’t stop it, but you can struggle within, unless you choose not too. It is up to you. Can you step back, can you step away, from your all-consuming experience and truly be the authentic self? Who are you waiting for? You!

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Ricki Lee Schuster
Ricki Lee Schuster has been transitioning, transforming and releasing energy since 1999. If you are interested in contacting Rick, he can be reached at [email protected] or through Rick currently lives in Worthington, MN, and makes multiple trips a month to work out of the Twin Cities. 


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