Self-Evidence + Authenticity: A blog challenge from Dian Reid

This is such a great idea, I’ve decided to jump on it before I have the chance to change my mind:

Dian Reid, whose splendid blog can be found at http://authenticrealities.com, has issued a challenge for the month of June. She is inviting people to write as much or as little as they choose about any or all of these thirteen topics:

–Compassion
–Intention
–Self-Awareness
–Courage
–Love
–Fairness
–Laughter
–Optimism
–Truth
–Vision
–Wilderness
–Wisdom
–Authenticity

Details on the challenge can be found here, but this was the bit that captivated me: …I’m engaging my community (that’s you!) because these thirteen topics can change the world. They can change the world, but not just if I write about them, only if we write about them.

So, I’m starting right here and now, rather hastily and sloppily, and I’m beginning (appropriately enough) with Authenticity.

I remember when I first discovered Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book, Simple Abundance, which centered so much on the idea of the Authentic Self. I was hooked on the concept at once. At around the same time, I was working through the exercises in Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, which turned out to be one of the most life-changing books I ever read.

Too many times over the years, I have allowed myself to be invisible. From a very early age, I was good at it. There is safety in being invisible, sometimes — and yet, as my hero Havi Brooks gently suggests, there is also safety in visibility. Besides, if I want to be an artist — if I want to express myself — then I need to have a self to express. I need to step out of the shadows, and share more of myself with more of the people around me.

I’ve been working on it, over the years. Blogging is a part of that.

This is me. *waves* Hi!

Let’s get to know each other.

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One response to “Self-Evidence + Authenticity: A blog challenge from Dian Reid

  1. and this is the part that captivates me:

    “…if I want to be an artist — if I want to express myself — then I need to have a self to express. I need to step out of the shadows, and share more of myself with more of the people around me.”

    oh, so powerful. expression of self requires knowing who’s in there…i know journaling/morning pages (hoorah! for the artist’s way!!) have helped me see more of my authentic self, and blogging is certainly a way i share that self.

    i’m so grateful that you’re a part of this challenge, and really looking forward to getting to know you better, kathleen.

    love & light to you,
    dian

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