The importance of being authentic and how that keeps the channels open

Have you ever felt like you should have spoken up about how you really felt? Did you ever wish that you hadn’t just let that go without first expressing what you thought?

I believe being authentic is the key to a full and happy life. To me, being authentic means living my truth. It means not being afraid to establish boundaries and not being ashamed to ask for what I want. So many of us were taught to be a “good girl” or a good boy and make people happy by agreeing with them or just doing what we’re told. This concept travels deeply within our core beliefs, and even after we have already rebelled against them and think we are completely able to speak up, I still find many of us are afraid to say what we really think to those who matter to us. Sure, it’s really easy to express yourself on an Internet forum, but I don’t think it’s that easy to tell my grandma that I think her views of gay marriage are absurd, for example. I’m not saying go against everyone and scream out loud that you don’t agree with them. I am saying stand up for who you truly are. Stand up for your principles. Don’t be a people pleaser. Don’t allow people’s opinion of you to rule your behavior. There’s nothing more freeing than to realize that what they think of me is their business, not mine.

I believe in picking my battles, yes. But I also believe in doing what I think is right and speaking up when someone has crossed my boundaries. I am flexible, and I try to keep the peace and the comfort of those around me, but I will not pretend to agree with anyone if their belief differs from mine. I respect those around me enough to listen and not necessarily voice my opinion, but I no longer comply with behaviors that don’t align with my core beliefs.

In energetic terms, I believe that when we aren’t true to ourselves, we lock and bind our energy, especially our heart energy and liver energy. The heart is expansive and wants to include all beings, wants to give love and receive love. The liver wants to move, wants to feel free and very much wants to be in charge and in control. Every time we say no to who we are, we block those channels. We block the flow of energy through those meridians. Over time, our chest begins to cave in, our heart starts to race, we feel panicky. We feel like we are losing control. There’s an agitation brewing inside of us, a feeling of a lump in the throat. That feeling of being stuck comes hand in hand with not speaking your truth.

I have found that through acupuncture, my patients have felt empowered to find their voice. They have been able to open their hearts to who they really are, they’ve been able to stand up for themselves. When you take action and allow your beauty to shine, your heart sings, your lives energy moves freely – which gives birth to creativity, joy, inspiration and inner strength.

I believe speaking your truth and being honest with yourself is a life long process and commitment. The more you practice it, the better at it you become and in turn, you inspire others to do the same. There’s nothing wrong with being completely committed to being you – you are unique and perfect, just the way you are. <3