An Aligned Life is an Empowered Life
“I will no longer act on the outside in a way that contradicts the truth that I hold deeply on the inside. I will no longer act as if I were less than the whole person I know myself inwardly to be.” Rosa Parks
When Rosa Parks sat down at the front of the bus, she did so because she was tired. Not physically tired like some have assumed. Her soul was tired, her heart was tired, and her whole being was tired of playing by someone else’s rules and expectations, of denying her soul’s claim to selfhood. That day she chose courage, she chose to stand in her personal power regardless of the consequences. Her stepping into her power gave permission for others to do the same.
You situation may not be as extreme as Rosa’s, but you may be feeling powerless on other ways. Whether it’s the inertia of the daily grind, a beige relationship, a life-long goal continuously out of reach, or a soul-sucking job - you realize that something no longer feels good. It doesn’t fit. You feel limited. Unsatisfied. Stuck.
When living your outer life at great remove from your inner truth, you’re not merely on the wrong path, you’re killing your selfhood with every step you take.
We are born with a seed of selfhood that contains the spiritual DNA of our uniqueness – an encoded knowledge of who we are, why we are here, and how we relate to others. As we progress from childhood into adulthood, we often abandon that knowledge, but it never abandons us.
Alignment is the connection between who you’ve been created to be and what you are creating in response. Living aligned is about living in agreement with your spiritual DNA – your truth.
To contradict ourselves is to oppose ourselves, to refute ourselves. Living out of alignment is literally you working against yourself, fighting yourself and going against who you really are. This creates unnecessary tension and stress in life because you aren't living for your highest good. Denying yourself, or finding excuses to not to do the things you know you need to do, keep you out of alignment.
Now, you might be thinking, “That’s pretty selfish, Jill. I can’t make it all about me!” I hear what you’re saying, and I offer you this... When you attend to your own truth, more of that truth becomes available in your work and in your relationships. Anything you do on behalf of your true self is done ultimately in the service of others. (Put your own oxygen mask on first before securing others.)
When you have an awareness to your truth - your purpose, your gifts, your vision - then you can make choices and take action in honour of your truth. Each choice that you make is a choice of intention. What you choose, with each action and each thought, is an intention, a quality of consciousness that you bring to your action or your thought. You cannot choose your intentions consciously until you become aware of each of the different aspects of yourself.
It begins within, with awareness, with what matters most to you, what lights you up. Beginning within is about reconnecting with your spiritual DNA. When you choose the energy of your soul – when you choose to create with the intentions of love, forgiveness, humbleness, and clarity – you gain power.
The soul is an alchemy of energies of love, wisdom and compassion. Our conditioning understands power as external; it perceives in terms of competition, threats, gains, and losses measured against those of others. When you align yourself with these external circumstances and symbols of success, you disempower yourself. Don’t get me wrong, it feels good in the beginning, but the satisfaction is short-lived. As you grow aware of your spiritual self, and you choose to live according to that first, and the physical second, you begin to experience authentic power.
With every choice you make to align yourself with the energy of your soul, you empower yourself. This is how authentic power is acquired. The slow, sweet mastery of life. It is built up step by step, choice by choice. It expands in proportion to your level of participation.
Living with this level of integrity generates self-confidence and self-esteem. It is important to take time on a regular basis to examine whether your actions, your words and your vision are in alignment. Make it a priority to look into any imbalances you find and commit to resolving them through expanded awareness and growth.
Alignment is about being intentional with the choices you make - living consciously. Consider what brings you to life, what supports your highest contributions, and then weave those things more consistently into the tapestry of your life.
Bows of gratitude to Parker Palmer and Gary Zukav for their leadership in this area. xoxo, Jill