Your Authentic Swing
Aug 08, 2017
Your Authentic Swing
“To thine own self be true.” Shakespeare wrote that line for a character in Hamlet. Sounds good; until you try to put it into practice.
It begs the question: “How can I know myself?” Obviously, we have been keeping ourselves company our entire lives. Surely, we know our own selves. Don’t we?
At the deepest, most authentic (and most important) levels, for most of us, the answer is “no”. Most people can describe themselves at a surface level: surface wants, needs, perceptions, actions, behaviors, etc. Yet, for most, huge amounts of vital information seems to be missing.
The truth is, nothing is really missing. Although the authentic self seems to elude many of us, God provided an ideal self to us all. For many, it has been suppressed by a lifetime of conditioning; moved beneath the level of awareness and stored away, waiting to be discovered. There it struggles to express itself, sometimes for an entire lifetime. When the authentic self is hidden beneath layers of conditioning, we feel dissatisfied, lost, and frequently, we cannot quite put our finger on the source of the dissatisfaction. That is why so many people spend a lifetime searching for “something”.
If you haven’t seen it, I recommend you watch, “The Legend of Bagger Vance.” It is an incredible portrayal of finding your authentic self. Bagger Vance is a returning war veteran who once was a golf prodigy. He enters a golf championship – only one problem – he lost his authentic swing.
There is an incredible scene in the woods when he confronts himself. His caddy says to him, “Go on, lay down this burden. (A war memory.) Walk back to where you have always been, stand there and remember. Come out of the shadows. Choose, I am right here with you all along. Play the game given to you, your game you were meant to play, when you came into this world. Give it everything, let yourself remember your swing. Now is the time.”
Connecting to your authentic self takes some hard work. As in the movie it requires:
- Remembering what you're trying to forget. (Remember just enough to "know what you know".)
- Come out of the shadows that experience created. (emotions and beliefs)
- Let yourself explore what's really inside you - beyond the pain, beyond the negativity.
- Try out that authentic swing!
I want to be your Caddy…I’m right here…let me help you discover and play the game you were meant to play when you came into this world. Now is the time!