"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are a couple of versions of the fable of the eagle who thought he was a chicken. This version is very profound.
Once upon a time, a man found an eagle’s egg and placed it under a brooding hen. The eaglet hatched with the chickens and grew to be like them. He clucked and cackled, scratched the earth for worms, flapped his wings, and managed to a fly few feet in the air. Years passed. One day, the eagle, now grown old, saw a magnificent bird above him in the sky. It glided in graceful majesty against the powerful wind, with scarcely a movement of its golden wings. Spellbound, the eagle asked, “Who’s that?”
“That’s the king of the birds, the eagle,” said his neighbor. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to earth – we’re chickens.”
So, the eagle lived as a chicken for that’s what he thought he was.
Dear Angels, Henry Ford remarked, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” I love the question “who were you before the world told you who you are?” It fits right in with this fable. The ego, driven by fear and societal conditioning, often leads us astray from our authentic selves. It creates masks, illusions, and facades that we wear to fit into societal expectations or gain approval from others. However, true liberation lies in recognizing these illusions and peeling away the layers of conditioning to reveal our genuine selves.
Dear Ones, to be oneself is to love and accept oneself unconditionally. Embrace your imperfections, quirks, and unique qualities, for they make you beautifully human. Practice self-care, self-compassion, and gratitude, as they help you cultivate a deep sense of self-worth and acceptance. Being yourself is not a destination but an ongoing spiritual journey. It requires courage, self-reflection, and a commitment to personal growth. Embrace this journey wholeheartedly, and you will unveil the divine masterpiece that exists within you. Remember, the world is waiting for you to shine your light and be the truest version of yourself. Whether you are told that you are a chicken or an eagle, it is up to you to decide what you truly are based on what your inner essence is telling you.
Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.
Today, I promise to listen to my heart and not what anyone else tells me that I am.
Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace. Teri is also the co-founder of the global movement and non-profit organization Ten Million For World Peace.
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