Identity is the unique combination of traits, qualities and roles that make up who you are. Whereas Self Image is the internal picture you hold of yourself, identity is the composition of facts we know ourselves to be. There is only one you!
Some aspects of your identity are roles you willingly embrace. Some were passed down through the DNA of ancestors from long, long ago. Other parts belong to you alone. Some are fixed, part and parcel of your bones. Still other aspects, you have the power to change and rearrange.
When you take stock of the different ‘I am’s’ that contribute to your identity, you start to realize just how amazing it is that all of that is contained within you.
Let’s take a deeper look at how you can shift these aspects of your identity:
- Make a comprehensive list of the I am’s that create your identity.
- Take your list into your inner Goddess chamber, and reflect on the whole of it to see what insight it offers
- Have you felt burdened by some aspects of your identity?
- How might the Goddess of Now guide you to include Her loving presence in your sense of self?
- How might She assist you in seeing the goodness in all of it?
Take the time to explore and re-create you! You are a dynamic being. Every aspect of your body gets re-created anew within one year’s time. In the same way, you can re-create you!
Ever felt different aspects of yourself vying for center stage? It happens. Sometimes you can find yourself playing unexpected, even contradictory, parts from your repertoire of selves. The truth is that the face you show the world can radically shift depending on the context. Walt Whitman captures this perfectly, “I am large, I contain multitudes.”
Next time you find yourself doing something unusual or contradictory that surprises you, remember that you contain multitudes. Let’s unravel some of these aspects of your self.
Goddess of Now
The Goddess of Now says that when you look at the whole of who you are, you can begin to see more of what is possible for you. It is easy for you to get stuck on a fixed sense of self that limits your ability to see beyond what happened in the past, as if that was an indication of your true potential.
This is a new day! I invite you to see yourself from where you stand Now. What are the dreams that still live in your heart? Who have you wanted to be? What have you hoped to do? The answers to these questions will tell you a great deal about who you really are.
This is the time for shedding old identities. Even the ones that worked beautifully in the past. This is an invitation to step fully into the Now, and recognize what is possible for you, once you’re free of the old beliefs and identities you once believed were the whole of you.
[thrive_custom_box title=”Energy Shift” style=”light” type=”color” color=”#7100e2″ border=”#1e73be”]Let’s take a moment to tap into the earthy nature of your being. Imagine a luscious waterfall in a tropical paradise. The air is warm and heavy with the scent of gardenias and lilies. You walk towards the edge of the water, winding your way towards the perfect spot. A moist blanket of dew-drenched leaves safeguards your feet from the scorched earth. You dive into the water and move to the rhythm of the rippling waves. As you break the water’s surface you reach for the sky then roll onto your back, floating effortlessly as the sun kisses your skin through the trees. You linger in the waterfall’s buoyant beauty, nourished by each pleasure and sensation of life’s lush bounty.[/thrive_custom_box]
Creative Exploration: Writing Prompts
Looking through the Goddess lens of Love and Compassion, notice how the pieces of your identity serve you in your life today. Feel into which aspects empower you and ones you haven’t considered in a while. Choose one of the prompts to explore how you experience your identity and what, if anything you’d like to revamp and update.
Pick from the following writing prompts, or create your own.
I know myself as . . .
I am . . .
I have always been . . .
Write for 2 minutes or more.