I recently came across a box of old family photographs. I’m sure most of us, or our parents, have similar boxes or albums. A pictorial record of your life and exploits.
As I viewed my changing body and circumstances through the years, I noticed something that did not change. I couldn’t put my finger on it at first. It wasn’t an expression, mannerism, fashion or a pose.
The answer came to me as an impression, a feeling a realisation, a re-cognition!
The verb recognise comes from the Latin root words re (again) and cognoscere (to know) – literally “to know again” or “to identify.”
It was an inner-essence, a knowing presence. Some might call it soul, spirit, life-force. I don’t think it matters what we call it. It was my true essence or I am presence, beyond the changing body and circumstances of my life.
We all have that true essence. It’s who we really are. Who we were born to be, whole and complete.
How many times has someone pointed out something about you that you weren’t aware of?
Others see attributes in us we don’t see in ourselves. The little acts of kindness, compassion and courage we do without thinking, come from our true essence. They bypass our conscious mind and we don’t even notice them.
In a perfect world everything would be rosy. But we don’t live in a perfect world! From pre-birth to around seven years of age we absorb (and take very personally) input from the people and world around us.
We take on layer upon layer of (mostly inaccurate or misconstrued) messages about ourselves from the outer world. We forget, lose touch with or are educated out of paying attention to our true essence, our inner-world.
By the time we reach adulthood we are weighed down by old survival mechanisms. Other people’s opinions, beliefs, self-sabotaging behaviours and painful emotional issues. In later life these usually manifest as weight problems, aches, pains, illness and dis-ease.
No matter how bruised, battered and bloodied you feel or what life has thrown at you. If you are alive and reading this your true essence is also alive. It may feel dim or weak but it is there!
As you do the inner-work, clear away the heavy layers of emotional pain, you are nourishing your true essence.
As a new year dawns and the outer world insists you are flawed and imperfect unless you lose weight, stop or start doing something, eat, wear or buy something. Make a commitment to yourself. Draw a line in the sand. Wipe the slate clean. Don’t listen to the lies.
You don’t have to change. You just have to re-cognise – to know yourself again!
If you are ready to re-cognise yourself now, give yourself the gift of a personal healing session. Read (for free) or listen to my Affirmations For Self Love and read (for free) or listen to Affirmations To Heal Your Heart. Make it a daily practice (or as often as you require) to feel your oldest burdens, troubles and pain soften and flow away.
If, after all that, you still want to lose weight, I can help you there too. I am confident that when you re-cognise and love yourself, your weight loss journey will be an easier, faster and emotionally healthier one. Read (for free) or listen to Affirmations For Emotionally Healthy Weight Loss.
May 2023 be the year your inner-voice compliments you instead of criticising you!
Please feel free to share this message with anyone you feel needs to hear it.
To your health and your beautiful true essence! Happy New Year!