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 Authenticity2001-09-29 21:51
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The one of the speakers at the Awakened World conference who touched me the most was Oriah Mountain Dreamer. She speaks about authenticity and intimacy, and she speaks about living in the tension between admitting one's human frailties and flaws, and remaining connected with a deep knowing of what life is about. And she thoroughly embodies what she's speaking. She's the author of the piece below:

"It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive. ...

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it's not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "Yes!"

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments."

(copyright © 1999 by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. It is printed in a book named "The Invitation")

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30 Sep 2001 @ 09:33 by sharie : Beauty & Pain of Being Broken-hearted
To paraphrase Oriah Mountain Dreamer:

" ... life is full of beauty and pain ...
the world will break your heart and heal it, over and over,
if you let it ...
letting [the world break you and heal you]
is the only way to fully live,
to be fully alive ...
we are not alone but deeply connected to
that which creates, and sustains all life."  

4 Oct 2001 @ 16:16 by zendor : Authenticity
Women are much more connected to the inner realms because of many things, far too many to list. I honor them for that and I long to experience those deep connections, and have been able to experience some of them. I find that men, in general, still deny their feelings and retard their openness to vulnerability... that place where you know you can trust, even with the emotional twinges. Reaching a place, that I call 'holding on nowhere', is the toughest journey for anyone, male or female, to undertake. It is a constant place of testing and letting go, moving the ego back and forth and yet allowing the heartspace to win out. In the heartspace (pure shareable energy) is the Spirit of Truth. It is that which I seek and live to Be. I encourage all others to do the same... and we all help in the process.  

7 Oct 2001 @ 20:01 by vibrani : authenticity
Authenticity - being real, being honest, not in denial, no facades, not split/schizophrenic (saying one thing but meaning another), being fully present, speaking from your own heart/mind. This of course requires knowing who you are.  

1 May 2016 @ 10:21 by Hank @ : qOXKjdcTet
With the bases loaded you struck us out with that anwers!  

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