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Self-Image

Self-image is very simply who you think you are.  It is based on feelings, past behaviors, and feedback from others.  While this seems simple it really is not because life is interwoven beyond comprehension.  Our minds cannot wrap around who we really are so it does the best it can to extrapolate meaning and identity.  The mind uses the physical universe for the basis of this identity and employs many techniques of deception and subterfuge.  At a young age we simply accept what we are told as to who we are.  For instance, if you are born into a middle class white family with male genitalia and dark hair it is just assumed that you are a Caucasian boy from an average family who has dark hair and pale blue eyes.  Identity is based on appearance.  The reality of this identity is only as real as the material world.

Mixing in feelings and behavior, identity can be further clarified.  First of all behavior is often driven by feelings which in turn feeds more behavior leading to self-image.  If you feel average, act average, look average then one would assume you are average.  I would say the ego mind sells this version of reality to most everyone whether it is true or not, and most of the time it is not true.  What is normal after all and what/who is used as a baseline or model?

Feelings come from within and can vary depending on many factors both external and internal.  Hormones for instance can determine how a person feels, as well as many other brain and body chemicals.  From the exterior things as simple as the weather can have an effect on feelings, is it raining, sunny, windy, etc.?  Other people can affect feelings if we let them by reacting to their actions or words.  So the bottom line is we often base our self-image on false data!

How does one figure out who they are then?  From experience self-image is learned and can be changed with some concerted effort.  Identity is a personal thing and evolves over time in sync with the environment and personal choices.  The more I delve into this subject and it has been an important factor all my adult life, the less I am inclined to believe the standard teaching on self-identity being hardwired into the brain.  I believe the brain to be far more malleable than we realize.   In fact, I view the brain as a computer processing center and without input it has no output.

So who are we?  First we need to know who we are NOT!  We are not our body or any part of it.  We are not who others think we are even though this does have an effect on who they are.  We are not our feelings or behaviors although they do have an effect on our appearance to others.  …We are who we think we are!

“I think therefore I am” Descartes

Going back to the previous example, if you believe (think) or agree with what others think of you then this is who you will be, a white middle class boy with dark hair and pale blue eyes.  If however you think yourself to be a rich white upper class girl with blonde hair and hazel eyes, then this is who you will be!  I can speak from experience here as this has precisely been my experience.  Ultimately, I know I am neither!

Just because a person has certain DNA and gene structure when born it does not mean they will or have to follow this path.  Choice plays a far greater role than given credit for, however I also know that fate or destiny also plays a role.  Now, please understand that I do not suggest that a person chooses to be gay, straight, transgender, or black consciously, but we do choose a destiny before birth so as to have certain experiences for spiritual growth.  Fulfilling this destiny is the only way to move on.  So it is best to embrace this path by looking deep within and with all the courage you can muster, step onto this path fully, with open eyes and open heart knowing all is well.  We are Spiritual beings having a human experience after all.  The Spiritual Principle, “As above, so below” applies perfectly here.  As we evolve spiritually, our physical expression changes. 

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

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Who Do You Know?

Relationships are funny things and often we think that it is all about us when in fact it is never about us.  It is about them, but not in the way you may think.  How well do you know your mother, sister, daughter or partner? 

Who are these people we spend our entire lives with?  Have they ever done something that shocked you or threw you off track?  Have they ever said something that had you questioning where those words came from?  I think we all have and the heart of the issue is simply that you have many people in your life, but whether you truly know them is doubtful.  The person you know is yourself.  Or at least that is the person you are attempting to get to know.  In the last blog we talked about relationships and today we are covering the ultimate relationship.  The one you have with yourself. 

Identity is as multifaceted as your life.  How we see ourselves is often very different than how others see you.  When we are young our self image is limited and we look to others to show us who we are.  Early childhood and early adulthood is often an exercise in musical chairs.  We try on many different roles, hang with many different groups, and try many different experiences in an attempt to discover who we truly are.  Where do I fit in?  Is often the question you ask yourself.  My question to you is this a fair question?  Are you supposed to “fit in” someplace like a puzzle?  Life can be puzzling I admit, but I really do not think it is about them. 

YOU are what it is all about.  How you see yourself is what matters, and you get to choose where you “fit in”.  Of course this is not an easy task and often takes all your life to find what is comfortable for you.  What if that person you wake up next to each morning, that person you share dinner with in the evening and the persons you grew up calling family are not who you thought they were.  What if they are simply a reflection of you?  No they are not you, but they do represent an important aspect of you.  Your partner is in your life because you are attracted to each other, not just physically, but intellectually and emotionally.  Your vibrational signatures are vibrating in harmony like the yin and yang balance each other or like poles on a magnet. 

I have discovered something miraculous about life,… you cannot get lost!  You can feel lost, you can believe that you are lost, you can even have others believe that you are lost, but ultimately you always get to where you were headed sooner or later. We have a GPS (God Possibility System) system built right in and it works for every aspect of your life.  Looking for the perfect relationship?  Listen to your heart and feel the answer.  Looking for the way home?  Intuition will guide you.  Looking to find out who you are?  Look to your partner, friends and family!  Let go, listen and Love.

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

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Who are you?

Who are you?  Are you sure about that?  How you see yourself and feel about yourself is very important, however it is our actions that truly define us.  Our thoughts and prayers are simply one step on the path to discovering who you are.  The creation process works like this, thoughts, words, and action.  Each cycle of this process further defines who we are.  Being true to our word and staying focused on our desire is one way to hasten the process.  When we send out consistent messages combined with actions to back them up then the Universe has no choice but to manifest our dreams! 

Consistency is the problem that most people face and this simply comes from discipline and focus.  Always do what you say you will do, be honest with yourself first and then others, and make no promises you cannot keep. 

Be easy on yourself too.  We all slip up from time to time, so try not to beat yourself up.  It is very true that we are our own worst enemies, so make peace now.  Begin by looking yourself in the eye (mirrors make this very easy) and saying “I love you”, feel it deep within.  Do this every day and see how you feel in a week.  I do this on a regular basis, as often as I remember to.  This may seem egotistical but it is not, because you are not speaking to the image in the mirror, but the Spirit that makes up the image.  “To thine own self be true”.    

So this brings us full circle to, who are you?  For me there is no set answer, only the feeling at the moment.  Sometimes I am Peace, sometimes Love, sometimes Divine Feminine, and sometimes I am simply me with no identity at all. 

While I am not my body, my body is an expression of who I am in physical form.  Yet when I look in the mirror I feel that I am more than this.  I feel so limited in this body; like a prisoner of flesh.  The Journey of Love that leads to discovery of our inner self can be a long and lonesome road, but it can also be fulfilling and joyful.  What do you expect to find at the core of your being?  The same thing that I find at the core of mine?  Could be, we are one! 

😉 Sequoia Elisabeth

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