Friday, May 5, 2017

'TO BE ONCE AGAIN ORIGINAL, LIVE FREE'








Are we ‘originals’, or are we ‘duplicates’?

One of the reasons, why we do not ‘express’ ourselves fully – and by ‘express’ I mean, in fullness… through our talents, skills, strengths and uniqueness and, yes, through our speech, too – is that we do not know who we really are… how good, how special and how valuable. And, because we have no idea about our own worth… we do not operate from our core – the source of our strength… we only operate from the shallow surface…

Fear dissolves when we get hold of our inner source, the core… the depth of our specialness. Once, we begin to operate from our core, there is no stopping… the talents, skills, strengths will simply blossom, just the way everything else under the God’s sky does… from there, we express ourselves fully, fearlessly… just the way every original creation of God does under His sky…

God hasn’t created us in a factory mass-production line… He has created each one of us individually… separately… and incredibly in a unique fashion… We aren’t duplicates here on this earth… we are not sent here stuffed with mediocre gifts… None of us here is a foster child of God… we are His own…

So, what happened to us along the way? Why did we begin to fear, hold ourselves back from expressing fully before the world? Why did we allow ourselves to show up as ‘duplicates’?

Dhruv was on stage to speak, last morning.  I do not pre-plan on offering our young-ones the topics to speak on… To me, the topics come from the ‘thin air’… spontaneously… I pick the cue from what is ‘live’ and what is ‘true’ at that moment. So, Dhruv, an intelligent and well-groomed boy, had it on his funky T-shirt:

‘TO BE
ONCE AGAIN ORINGAL,
LIVE FREE’

“Speak,” I said, “that’s your topic.”

Yes, it is difficult to collect your thoughts and make sense out of what you say on stage the way I was expecting a 17-year old to do. Dhruv wasn’t rattled… He picked the gauntlet and went about speaking what he thought was right…

“That is it,” I declared, “Get in touch with your thoughts… Trust your thoughts… Express your thoughts.”

Like many around him, Dhruv – an exceptionally bright boy – has lots of ‘loose ends’ while speaking. Loose ends come from hesitation, self-doubt… when there is a disconnect with your core… the deepest source… your originality. And, to reach your core, the only way available is to take a risk and plunge…

All our talents blossom only in that manner… when we allow them to blossom fully… fearlessly…

All our thoughts and ideas, too, blossom on this stage called ‘Life’ only in that manner… when we allow them to be expressed fully… fearlessly…

Yes, ‘To be once again original, live free’… The writing on the T-shirt says it loudly,   clearly and from the heart.


GERALD D’CUNHA


Pic.: Chetna Shetty

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