Culture and upbringing often encourage us to remain silent and to be ashamed and guilty about our life challenges, but self-discovery, vulnerability, empowerment and personal freedom require that we use the lessons of our own journey to empower others. Therefore, remaining silent is not an option. - Jada Berteaux
So many of us were raised to believe that to put our best foot forward is to camouflage and mask everything about ourselves that would give others the opportunity to judge us or examine the intricacies of our life. In my opinion, this is a sure fire path to personal bondage and fear. I have found the greatest freedom of my lifetime in the teaching and empowering of women using my personal journey as our curriculum. While examining your own life and using what you find to empower others might not be an overnight journey, it is one that can lead to a greater level of personal freedom, an increased capacity to be vulnerable, and feminine power!
There are many wonderful self-discoveries that come from using your own journey to empower others -- one of the greatest is the awareness that your are the subject matter expert of your own existence. We can study our own lives in the same way that we study any other subject of significance. Our lives are significant and well worth the research and the effort to understand and self-discover. We have spent years studying other people, history, arts, politics and science but many of us have spent very little time studying and understanding the cries of our own soul as we move robotically from day to day in a frenzy to produce something that will make us feel significant and worthy.
Nothing will make you feel more significant or worthy than the study and understanding of your own existence. - Jada Berteaux
The things of your uniqueness are study worthy. Your gifts and talents, as well as the challenges you have faced and overcome, are what make you a fascinating wonder! Even in the midst of your conflicts and challenges, taking the time and the interest in yourself to study and document what is evolving inside of you can become powerful lessons that will move you and others to personal empowerment if you have the courage to teach from your own life story.
Self-empowerment comes when you believe your story is worthy of being told. And it is! When you teach, motivate and empower others with lessons from your own journey no one can question your credentials in the subject! What is required is that you find yourself worthy of study and discovery. No one can understand you better than you understand yourself and expecting that of others is emotionally immature. Understanding and appreciating what makes you who you are is as worthy as any course of study you can undertake.
- Believe that Your Life is a Worthy Subject
There may be cultural or family teachings that you will need to work through and, in some cases, straight out dismiss. If you were taught that who you are in the world is not important and that your experiences are insignificant be courageous in your conviction to move beyond this set of limiting beliefs. None of your experiences are insignificant and each can be seen as an event to be examined for greater self-discovery.
- Prioritize Understanding Yourself
Were you taught that focusing on yourself is a selfish act? I challenge you to think about how focusing on different experiences and your feelings and emotions about them is selfish? Feelings and emotions are so complex that I consider it self-neglect to ignore understanding your own. How can you improve and elevate yourself if you are trapped in a cycle of confusion about your own thoughts, emotions and behaviors.
How much time do you spend trying to unravel the thoughts and feelings of your significant other, your children, your parents or that new aloof love interest?
How much time is spent in quiet self-reflection to gain a deeper understanding about how you can traverse life more joyfully?
- Increase Vulnerability by Empowering Others with Your Life Lessons: The language of self-discoverers and courageous teachers.
If I can do it you can, too!
Here's what I learned when I had the same challenge.
I can share what I learned about myself in this situation.
What you are experiencing sounds so similar to a challenge I recently overcame.
Maybe my experience will be encouraging to you.
Would you like to hear about a similar experience that I learned some great lessons from?
I was able to shift my perspective when I spent time in self-reflection to examine my feelings.
What lesson do you feel this experience is teaching you? How can it help you shift your perspective going forward?
Give your life the study and discovery it cries out for. Your life is a worthy and marvelous study lesson to be discovered and shared!