: real or genuine : not copied or false
: true and accurate
: worthy of acceptance or belief as conforming to or based on fact
: true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character
Authentic (adj.): mid 14th century, “authoritative,” from Old French autentique “canonical (laws of the Christian Church),” and directly from Medieval Latin authenticus, from Greek authentikos “original, genuine, principal,” from authentes “one acting on one’s own authority,” from autos “self” + hentes “doer, being.”
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”
C.G. Jung (1875-1961, Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and founder of analytical psychology)
“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”
May Sarton (1912-1995, b. Eleanore Marie Sarton, American poet, novelist and memoirist; and an important literary figure of our time)
“Following all the rules leaves a completed checklist. Following your heart achieves a completed you.”
Ray A. Davis (Writer and speaker, and author of the books, “Anunnaki Awakening”)
“Accepting the reality of our sinfulness means accepting our authentic self. Judas could not face his shadow; Peter could. The latter befriended the impostor within; the former raged against him.”
Brennan Manning (1934-2013, American author, priest, and public speaker; best known for his bestselling book “The Ragamuffin Gospel”)
“We are not here to fit in, be well balanced, or provide exempla for others. We are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhaps merely to add our small piece, our little clunky, chunky selves, to the great mosaic of being. As the gods intended, we are here to become more and more ourselves.”
James Hollis (Jungian analyst and author of fourteen books, including “Hauntings”)
“Often misconstrued, authenticity is not about being an open book, revealing every detail of yourself without rhyme or reason. It is simply the act of openly and courageously seeing what needs to be seen, saying what needs to be said, doing what needs to be done, and becoming that which you are intent on being.”
Scott Edmund Miller (Author of the self help book, “The User’s Guide of Being Human: The Art and Science of Self” and the novel, “The Barefoot Warrior,” which was published under the pen name Kyle Weaver)
“Authenticity is not the search for uniqueness. An oak tree does not try to become an oak tree. A cactus does not try to become a cactus. All living things simply reach for nourishment - they reach for sun, reach for water, reach their roots deeper into the ground. By being open to receiving what they need, they become unique effortlessly. So let yourself fall open. Forget about crafting yourself a unique personality. Just allow. Allow in love. Allow pain. Allow desire. Allow learning. Allow healing. Allow frustration. Allow uncertainty. Allow yourself to experience what you must experience and learn what you need to learn, so that your uniqueness can emerge organically.”
Vironika Tugaleva (inspirational speaker, life coach, founder of The Real Us, and author of “The Love Mindset”)
The search for authenticity is an epic Dream Quest to reconnect the self to Source.
“Who am I? and What is my purpose? are vital existential questions in self-discovery and self-love.
Initially, I had to ask such questions because I was literally dying from despair and unhappiness. I needed to spiritually interrogate myself and drastically change, because my life was virtually empty. Also, my body was beginning to give me huge signals that if I didn’t change I would have a short life.
James Hollis so eloquently wrote of Carl Jung, the father of “modern depth psychology”:
“In his memoir, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung wrote that meaning comes when people feel they are living the symbolic life, that they are actors in the divine drama. That gives the only meaning to human life; everything else is banal and you can dismiss it. A career, producing of children, are all maya (illusion) compared to that one thing, that your life is meaningful.” (Source: http://www.cgjungpage.org/learn/about-jung)
C.G. Jung was a great “keymaker” who gave us the keys to unlock our own prison cells.
We are all searching for meaning, in our own unique ways, especially now where meaning and purpose are vital components of our collective evolution. But we cannot reach this state of awakening without each other and without being our authentic selves. We need authentic diverse perspectives of each other to find Truth.
We also have to be courageous enough to look each other in the eye and to listen in love and patience for those divine-inspired messages.
We also need to sometimes ask each other the tough questions.
A friend recently asked me these insightful questions: “What drains your energy and what charges you up?
Without going into my own specifics, I will share that I think about energy differently now that I have an electric car.
If I take the highways skipping over the area’s authentic cultures and natural surroundings, without braking and only focusing on getting to my destination quickly, I will drain my 100-mile capacity battery fast and arrive with very little energy and inspiration.
However, if I take my time driving on the back roads and allow for creativity and problem solving while using my brakes to recycle my car’s battery, I will be to arrive at my destination on divine time, and return home on one charge with plenty of energy and an abundance of wonder and awe.
The paths to authenticity can sometimes be a challenging and messy one for all of us, but it’s well worth the journeys.
Live long and prosperous, my friends.
Much Love, Tonya