Will the real Michael Barrett please stand up?
As I type these words, a memory from the past arises into my consciousness that I had not thought about for many years and with it the name: "To Tell the Truth" - an old television game show that I watched as a kid.
The object of the game show was for all three guests to successfully pretend to be the same person and to stump a panel of celebrities. Through questioning, the panel's purpose was to correctly identify who the actual person was on the one hand - and uncover the two impostors on the other.
I enjoyed this show - so did most families in America.
The theme of authenticity is a prevalent and reoccurring topic in my life - more so in the last five years than ever before - yet a concept revisited periodically at different periods - both those of expansion and confusion.
And it's not just my life...
It has been the underlying internal predicament culturally, philosophically and Spiritually since time immemorial. Time and again we ask the same question - and describe our dilemma - in many ways:
- Who am I?
- Marcus Aurelius said: "Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.
- Socrates says: "Know thyself to be wise, that the unexamined life is not worth living."
- Shakespeare wrote: "To thine own self be true."
- More recently, Ram Daas says it different ways in his books: "Be Here Now," and "The Only Dance There Is".
Being in the present moment - living it - requires that we accept who we are and exist in the here and now by disconnecting from the past and future energetically.
And the only dance there really is refers to the cosmic dance, the game of life.
Identity is a bugger and most of us take our identity from outside of ourselves, until we don't. The odd part of this is that we are not consciously aware that we do this - while we are doing it.
A few years ago I really started appreciating authenticity - or not - while on Core Team with T Harv Eker's Peak Potentials - an innovative and powerful self-development seminar company.
Since then uncovering my authentic self has been a persistent - if not relentless - pursuit. And in 2009, I started getting somewhere after training - and getting certified - in Core Health and Heart Forgiveness.
Here is a brief and recent piece about authenticity.
Really letting go and accepting who we are - fully - without self criticism or resistance is where we step back into our true power. Apparently our greatest strength is both our vulnerability and real authenticity.
The real Michael Barrett is standing up. I know who I am. Here I stand.