From the time I was a young girl, I had a heartfelt wish to find my real self, the me that I knew was there, but was always held back.
I believed there was something wrong with me. I didn’t know what it was, only that I felt bound inside. I couldn’t be myself.
I was afraid of rejection. I believed that if people knew who I really was, they wouldn’t like me. So, in order to feel safe, I hid behind a mask. I thought that if I was nice to everyone, all the time, someone, somewhere, would surely like me. But, all the while, I longed to be myself.
I practiced self-reflection in the hope of finding the real me. I also tried meditating, and writing affirmations. I even wrote notes to God asking him to help me, but nothing helped. I couldn’t find the door I was looking for.
In my late forties, the door finally opened. Three major events that occurred almost simultaneously forced it open: I had come to a point where I didn’t know who I was; my father almost died from a cardiac arrest, and my marriage broke down.
Within a short space of time, my life as I’d known it fell apart. I moved out of the family home and, with that move, the life-line that I’d had, but been previously unaware of, was suddenly gone. I was adrift, with nothing and no one to hold on to.
I was paralysed with fear. At the same time, I succumbed to that cold, deathly shadow that is depression. For years, I was lost in a dark and terrifying world. I couldn’t find my way out. I thought I’d never find my way out.
Then, one day, out of the blue, something new came into my life. It was light. The light showed itself in different ways: white light, which was extremely powerful; small silver lights, and crystal clear light that was diamond sharp. But the experience I want to share here was probably the most profound of them all.
It was evening. Suddenly, the darkness vanished: my thoughts and feelings were gone; my body had disappeared too.
I was at the very bottom of myself in a warm, golden glow that radiated out around me. It was my soul, the real me I’d been wanting to find for so long.
The light was so beautiful that I wanted to stay there forever.
I’ve learnt many things from my inner journey, which I’ve written about in “Return to My Soul: My Journey from Darkness into the Light”.
The most profound thing I’ve learnt is two-fold:
- no matter how dark and hopeless life may seem, there is always light on the other side.
- there is a real self that arises deep within us. The real self (soul) is light.
Very simply, what I want you to know is this:
No matter how dark and hopeless life may seem, the light that is your real self is always present. Always.
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