Sunday, September 12, 2010

Be Authentic

“We make life difficult when we try to sacrifice ourselves for somebody else. Surely, you are not here to sacrifice yourself for anybody. You are not here to satisfy other people’s opinions or points of view… One of the first challenges is the fear of being yourself – your REAL self. If you have the courage to face this challenge, you find out that all the reasons you were afraid don’t even exist. Then you find out that it’s much easier to be yourself than to try to be what you are not. The whole dream of hell makes you tired because it takes energy to uphold an image, to wear a social mask. You’re tired of faking it; you’re tired of not being YOU. Just being authentic is the best thing you can do. When you’re authentic, you can do whatever you want to do; you can believe whatever you want to believe, and that includes believing in yourself.”
— don Miguel Ruiz & don Jose Ruiz (The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery, A Toltec Wisdom Book)