So, I’ve been keeping my intuitive nature on the down low for many years now. Unless I’m in the safety of a metaphysical bookstore or a reiki circle, I present myself like any normal member of society—no patchouli perfume, peasant skirts, or repeating mantras in public. I attend family gatherings and business events, and no one is the wiser.
Of course, people who really know me are aware of my spiritual interests, but the deeper pursuits, the more esoteric and far out ideas, metaphysical and cosmological belief systems and interests are reserved for the true inner circle of family and friends who share common beliefs or are at least open to them.
Most of just want to fit in, to be liked, and to feel accepted—at school, at work, in our social circles and with our family members. We want to be interesting enough to gain attention or accolades, but not so different that we don’t belong, make people uncomfortable, or are rejected. Well, I’m here to tell you that maintaining the status quo can be a lot of work. It actually came very naturally to me.
But at some point, suppressing who you are becomes too painful, either emotionally or physically or both. Your back hurts because you feel unsupported, your teeth hurt from clenching while you sleep, your allergies are acting up from oversensitivity to your environment (hint, hint), and your repressed emotions are draining down your throat in the form of postnasal drip. Need I go on? I think not.
We are afraid to venture out of the safety of common belief systems, herd mentality, our parents’ values and whatever else has created our individual versions of comfort zones. We strive to maintain and prefer to function within certain internally and externally created boundaries. This zone of comfort is, well, comfortable. It may not be fun and exciting and fulfilling, but isn’t a sense of security more important? It certainly feels that way sometimes.
However, true security comes from feeling comfortable in one’s own skin, from self-acceptance and following our own paths, and from not giving a hoot what other people think. (A work in progress!)
This blog is my foray outside the boundaries of the status quo. It is my personal, yet public, spiritual adventure into the arena of self-expression, truth, courage, awareness, insight and infinite possibility. Thank you for sharing this journey with me.
Sarah A. Sporn – The Evolving Intuitive