Do you have the courage to be true to yourself?
How many times do we find ourselves saying, "Yes" to things we either really don't want to do or don't have time for? That sinking feeling in your gut is the surest way to know something is not right for you.
"Does it make my heart sink or fly?" I asked myself this question for years before making a decision, now I recognise instantly what my body is telling me, as we all do - we all recognise that gut instinct, how it feels - but do we all have the courage to follow it?
"Just for today I will stay true to my way of being" This is one of the Reiki precepts and teaches us the importance of staying true to who we are, how we feel and how we choose to react in any given moment.
By trusting my gut feeling I know that I am staying true to myself, even if it means disappointing someone else. It means putting myself first, even if I don't fully understand why. It means being brave and saying no because it simply feels wrong.
Trust me it's not easy at times - I accepted a proposal of marriage because the guy had a heart of gold, was generous to a fault - I loved him but I wasn't in love with him. I simply couldn't bring myself to hurt him. When he got down on one knee, my entire body was screaming at me to say "No", and I felt an iron cage closing in around my heart as he slipped the ring onto my finger.
And it's not like I didn't know it was going to happen - I chose the ring for goodness sake! All the time knowing that this was the wrong choice for me. I just didn't have the strength to hurt him and walk away.
I wore his ring for 10 days before I literally couldn't breathe anymore. Breaking his heart was the most difficult thing I've done in my life so far - but I had to - it wasn't fair to either of us, he fully deserved to be with someone who would love him the same way and I had to be true to myself.
This is an extreme case of course, but the lesson is the same --
Our gut feelings are the Universe's way of keeping us on the right track, follow your heart, follow your gut and have the courage to be true to You - the rest will work itself out!