Living a self-authoring life means relying on and trusting in your intuition, voicing your own concerns and following your own heart and soul… rather than handing over your authority to anyone else.
Humans do strive for this but that doesn’t remove the insidiousness that we often give others a stronger voice than our own. Perhaps searching to make self-driven choices and choosing what freedom means to us makes us more acute listeners to the messages we’re fed.
When we are faced with judgments and opinions at epidemic proportions, before we are aware of it, we can be pulled away from listening to our own intuitive sense. The world is complex now. Where we once would have listened to our family or tight-knit community, we are now exposed to judgments and opinions well beyond our front doors. Global connectedness that in times gone by many have dreamed about, for all it’s good, has a downside.
As a human species living in the complexity of language, we are so quick to judge and advise on our opinions… and we state them as though they are the truth. In such a disruptively noisy world is it any wonder we struggle to find our own equilibrium, our heart and soul’s centre and a place to safely land – a place where we can trust the safety of our own being.
Perhaps the trick, the key, or an idea – however you choose to language it – may be to find a way to give others a voice without giving them authority.
This in itself is not easy, however, it is doable. But it’s going to take an acute observation of who we are giving authority to. Observing people who consider themselves as authorities over us – holders of ‘truth’ – is not as easy as it sounds, but perhaps it is a starting point to self-authoring. Widening the lens through which we currently interpret how we listen and what we listen to, is maybe the single most important action any of us take.
As I recently began to shift into a self-authoring level of existence, I began to observe this judgement and opinion phenomenon like it was a beacon in the night. My view began to expand and I noticed that what I was listening to was much more than opinions. It (the entire phenomenon of stating things as though they are the truth) was and still is a demand for obedience. Its route is concern and fear.
People Judge And Share To Serve Their Concerns
Humans are concernful human beings. It comes naturally to humans to take care of the things that concern us and matter most to us. If in some way what matters most to me is making sure you listen to what I think matters and do what I think you should do, I’m likely going to make my opinion heard. On some level, every person on the planet does this. I’m doing it right now… I’m taking care of what matters most to me by giving women something to think about, putting myself out there as an authority on living a self-authored life.
Why? What matters most to me is women relin