But this was not always who and what I was.
In fact, I had to do this work, that I am sharing with, to get to this place in my life. I do understand what it means to live a life that is not your own. I too, grew up in a school system that dictated who I was supposed to be. I attended a church where I was told if I did not believe what they believed that I would face an eternity of torment. Even my parents struggled to force me to fit into their ideals of what my world should be like.
As I engaged my own spiritual practice, I found myself blocked by my own shadows. It was way too easy to blame everyone else, my upbringing, the world around me, the economy, etc. etc. etc.
Then I found shadow work and found my way to the depths of the soul and used this powerful energy to fuel who I was, at the authentic level.
Then, everything began to shift.
I realized, the more I explored these uncomfortable things in my life, the more I was the one creating them. That was a hard lesson to learn! But as I accepted that, and embraced the authenticity of my soul, my being, and why I made the choices I did, then the shadows started to clear. My authentic self became easier to see, and the path to a fulfilling life became obvious.