”This above all, to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” Polonius from William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” This age-old quote has been passed along from generation to generation but there are no directions on how to go about being true to oneself. What does being true to yourself even mean? I have, from experience, discovered the answer.
Being true to yourself means taking the very first action in being true to yourself by ceasing being afraid of your feelings and what they tell you. How do YOU and YOU alone feel about you, about anything? Connect with these feelings and examine them until you are satisfied that they are YOUR feelings. Second, listen to your intuition, listen to your gut instincts, your gut feelings. They are your soul talking and your soul is the truth. Third, speak your truth that it may see the light of day and be challenged by yourself and others that you may know how your truth resonates with yourself and others. Remember one thing, souls do not look to harm. If you have feelings about harming yourself or others, you may need to see a medical professional to help you cope and manage destructive impulses.
Many have lost the ability to even hear their true feelings or intuition and speak their truth, so you may need to practice working with your true feelings until you are secure and comfortable with them to be able to accept and share them. Accent the positive, deal with the negative.
Take time to use your introspection to listen to yourself, listen to your feelings, your soul’s whisperings and validate and corroborate these feelings and intuitions through trusted confidantes, sacred texts, spiritual leaders, wayshowers and wisdomkeepers. When you do this enough times, your true, clear feelings and intuition will come to you easily. When this happens, you must trust yourself, listen to yourself and be true to yourself.