When we’re being sincere and authentic, we’ve got access to all our most powerful functions.
Authenticity allows our truest feelings and intentions to come to the front and have the benefit of our full focus and attention.
But this focus and power comes at the expense of our defences.
When we’re authentic and sincere, our shields are down. We’ve put all our energy into the engines and we’re not draining our batteries by powering defensive systems concerned with worrying about what others will think.
We can certainly feel exposed when we do this, but it comes with 2 massive upsides:
- We get the primary benefit of the authentic action. Authenticity springs from purpose, so when we’re being authentic and sincere, we’re fulfilling a purpose. And there is huge value in this.
- The more we operate in this mode, the more we realise just how unnecessary the shields are in the first place. The more authentic we are, the more we see that nothing that our shields appear to stop, can actually harm us anyway.
“Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.”
– Marcus Aurelius
“We do not recognize any injury that does not harm virtue. If I deserve these names there is no insult, it is justice; if I don’t deserve them, it is he who does the injustice that deserves to blush. Where is the insult? That I am bald or have weak eyes or thin legs? Can it be an insult to be told what is evident?”
Both Marcus Aurelius and Seneca illustrate how much of the injury we experience comes from our “sense” of being hurt. That we can only be harmed by others when we chose to feel harmed – when we acknowledge that they have done us harm.
So turn your your shields off and power your engines up.
Don’t worry about what the others think, they won’t be able to catch you anyway.