Enhance Your Expression
The Beyond Fibromyalgia program is a comprehensive system of healing and balancing all aspects of who we are, including our body, emotions, mind, expression, spirit and energy all built on enduring core principles. I call this the art of Integrative Wholeness™
In this article, we are going to explore ways to enhance our Expression as part of the whole and thereby enhance our enjoyment of life and provide our gifts to the world.
These 10 steps will enable you to enhance your expression to achieve the optimal fulfillment in life.
- Own your power.
- Know yourself
- Create your vision and personal mission statement
- Effectively manage your life.
- Conscious Creation.
- Creating successful relationships (work, family, friends)
- Communicate from the Heart
- Express your life purpose.
- Share your abundance with others
- Serve Humanity
1. Own your power.
We are the creator of our own experience. On some level of our being, we have created everything that we are experiencing. As the creator, we can also choose to create something different. We are not a victim to our past, to our karma, to our family upbringing, to our ancestry, or to our genes.
We live in a society where we are inundated with information and dogma; from our family, religious organizations, governments, television, books, and the list goes on. We are told what we need to do to be successful, to be loved, to be accepted by society. If we aren’t, then we are bad, wrong, or unacceptable.
What if our future were a clean slate? What if we could write our own script, make our own standards, chose the life we would like to live. What if we could live the life of our dreams? I believe that we can do exactly that. I believe that our dreams are planted in our consciousness by our soul. They are there to guide us. It is only our limited thinking and energetic patterns that get in the way. We can reclaim our power and create the life we were destined to live.
2. Know yourself
The first step to owning your power is to get to know yourself. Who and what is the authentic you buried under your belief systems, emotional patterns and physical imbalances? What makes your heart sing, gives you energy and excites your creativity? What lowers your energy, blocks your creativity and dampens your spirit. What fills you with a deep sense of satisfaction and fulfillment? What are your dreams, desires and goals? What does your heart say yes to? What values bring you to a sense of coming home within yourself? What brings you true joy?
Often, our true essence gets lost in all the conditioning that we have accepted. We forget who we are. We forget our dreams. We believe our goals are unattainable and we have given up on them. We don’t even know what brings us true joy. We look for satisfaction outside of ourselves.
As we work through the previous sections on the physical, emotional and mental reclaiming, we begin to through off the old snake skin and our true essence begins to shine through. We feel more alive and excited about life. Contentment, peace and a natural flow replaces stress and tension.
3. Create your vision and personal mission statement
When we are connected with our authentic self our dreams and desires realign with our original soul imbued blue print. It is from this place that we can document our core values, our vision for ourselves and our personal mission statement. This becomes the guiding light in our life, our lighthouse on the distant shore, which keeps us coming back again and again to what is truly important to us.
Without our core values, vision and mission statement, we attempt to place our security or sense of wellbeing in things outside of us such as family, religion, work/career, or substances. The problem with this is that many things in these external arenas are outside of our control or influence. We then live with a need to control the things external to us to maintain our sense of safety. As that isn’t possible, be live in constant fear or endeavor to control the uncontrollable.
Once we have identified our core values, vision and mission statement, they become our safety and security. We intuitively know that as long as we make our choices and decisions with them at the center, whatever happens, we know where to come back to.
4. Effectively manage your life.
Now that you are the creator of your life, know yourself, and have identified your personal core values, vision and mission statement, these become the center from which you manage your life. With these in mind, you have a foundation from which to make decisions in your life. If part of your vision is to have a healthy and balanced body, your meal planning, scheduling and finances would include time and money for buying shopping and cooking healthy foods. Scheduling your time, managing your finances and what you expend your energy on will be guided by your map. Important also is to consistently check in with your inner compass which we will discuss more in the article on Energy.
Without your map, it can be difficult to make decision and direct your time, money and energy into the external things, people and situations that will create the greatest satisfaction, joy and fulfillment in your life. You might be working very hard to reach a goal, but once you get there, you are still left filling unfulfilled and dissatisfied. You are left like a life boat floating on a very large ocean without knowing what direction to go and at the mercy of the currents, weather and such. Your decision may be directed by others or trying to navigate the latest drama or crisis in your life.
With your personal map you can easily manage your life with inner confidence and true power.
5. The Art of Conscious Creation.
We are now ready to consciously create our vision. As in step one, we have acknowledged (or at least open to) the idea that we are the creators of our life. Keeping our vision and map in our minds, we can now focus on consciously creating our future.
We are creating all the time. By looking at our life, we can easily see what we are creating. Most of our creation is unconscious. That is why it is difficult for us to “own” our creation. But until we own our current creation and take responsibility for it, we will be blocked from creating our vision.
Creating our vision is the most powerful when all of our dimensions are balanced an in alignment with each other. We are balanced and health on the physical level, our emotions are stable and manageable, our mind is focused and clear, we are connected with our spiritual dimensions.
6. Creating successful relationships (work, family, friends)
We are the center of our life. However, we don’t live in a void and relationships give us the opportunity to express our unique self, contribute our unique gifts to a co-creative project or endeavor and derive pleasure from the company and companionship of others. A successful relationship is that which empowers all parties, celebrates each person’s individuality and uniqueness, and creates a synergy that is more than the sum of the parts.
Often in our relationships, we are looking for someone to fill a weakness within our self or an emptiness that we sense. As this is mostly unconscious, we see the other person as the blame for not getting our needs met. This type of relationship will usually be the source of conflict as no one can fulfill another person. That has to come from within.
Successful relationships don’t just happen; they are created with awareness, integrity and skill. Once in place they offer expansion and growth for all parties.
7. Communicate from the Heart
An important component in creating healthy relationships and enhancing our expression is communication. Communication can either create separation and conflict or connection and synergy. When we communicate from a place of wholeness within ourselves, we are grounded in our authentic self and at the same time open to the ideas and suggestions of others. We listen from an open empathic place. We hear and take in others fully and completely. We are able to speak our truth fully without hesitation. We communicate in a way that opens and uplifts ourselves and others. We work with others in a way that win/win outcomes are possible.
If we are not grounded in our authenticity and our core values, we may become fixated on the idea that in order to be right, others must be wrong. From that place, we guard and become defensive and endeavor to convince others that we are right and they are wrong. If those we are attempting to communicate with are coming from the same place, we generally reach an impasse. Neither person is truly hearing the other. Each person is convinced that the other must change before harmony can come between them. A win/win solution is not achievable.
Communication is at the heart of success in all endeavors with others.
8. Express your life purpose.
Each of us is here with a purpose to fulfill. That purpose may be as simple as being a wonderful mother to her children and a wife to her husband. It may be as complex as being a world famous figure. Perhaps you are a simple person, leading a very normal looking life and enjoy spending time connecting with nature. The important thing in understanding and expressing your life purpose is that is resonates with you inside and brings you fulfillment and joy. The physical manifestation of that is as diverse as the leave on the trees and as unique as each individual snowflake. You are the only one who can live your purpose. Without your voice, the orchestra of life is missing a note or a melody that would only enhance the beauty of the whole.
Sometimes, we forget our purpose and focus instead on making money or fulfilling another person’s expectations. When we do this, our heart aches and our soul calls out to us to bring us back to our path.
Following the steps in the Integrative Wholeness program brings you back to yourself, to your true vision and to your soul purpose. It gives you the awareness, inner strength and tools to express your unique self in the world and make the world a better place for all to enjoy.
9. Share your abundance with others
As we follow the path of Integrative Wholeness, our awareness of the abundance that we are and that surrounds us naturally grows and expands. That is the nature of abundance. We will naturally share our abundance with the world, just as a flower naturally shares its beauty with others through its visual beauty and delightful aroma. As we share our abundance with others, it naturally increases and unfolds exponentially. Our light becomes brighter with each passing day.
Sharing our abundance with others is a natural byproduct of Integrative Wholeness. It is not something that we do; it is something that we are. It is our Beingness that we share through our gifts to the world.
10. Serve humanity.
Serving humanity is the natural outcome of the previous steps. We are grounded and centered within our authentic self, we are connected with our soul self, we are operating from our heart space. We are filled with such abundance that it flows over into others through our beingness, our actions, our words, our thoughts, and our feelings. We lift up the rest of the world with our expression and make the planet a better place to live for all.
The external expression of our service is once again unique to each individual and guided by the heart and soul. Each individual expression complements and enhances the whole.
Enhancing our expression is a journey not an event. For me, this is a road-map of where I want to go and who I want to become. I am still on the journey myself, but this acts as a light house beacon that guides my choices and helps me to reset my course if I am drifting away from my highest good.
My hope is that it will instill in you what is possible. Years ago, when I was in the worst part of my experience with fibromyalgia, I wouldn’t have thought this was possible. Yet, at the same time, I had an inner desire to express my self and create my life in a bigger, better and more satisfying way than I was experiencing then. I am on my way. I hope you will join me.
It inspires me. I hope it will inspire you too.