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Embracing Your “Terrifying” Authenticity – Devotional | The CognoZen Method

Keep reading for today’s devotional.

I’m a rebel at heart.

I hate when people try to force me to follow rules or tell me that I have to be a certain way to be accepted or considered “good enough”.

I hate labels, assumptions, and any sort of limitation that you can think of. I often push back against them unknowingly but ferociously…and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

Society tends to operate on a set of unwritten rules and expectations. Especially since the rise of Cancel Culture, we all fell the pressure to conform and blend in.

We’re encouraged to fit neatly into predetermined boxes, to follow well-trodden paths, and to suppress any aspects of ourselves that might be deemed “too different” or “too much.” And when we choose to be different, we often find ourselves in situations where others try to destroy the rebel in us with cruel words, alienation, and bombastic side eyes.

But deep down, we all know that true fulfillment and joy come from living authentically. From expressing our unique passions, talents, and perspectives fearlessly and joyfully.

This is where the concept of being “terrifying” comes into play.

To be terrifying in this context is not to be harmful or malicious, but rather to be unapologetically yourself, even when it challenges the status quo. Even when your uniqueness scares others.

It’s about daring to stand out. To speak your truth. To embrace your individuality without fear of judgment or rejection. It’s about living a life that is true to your values, your passions, and your dreams, regardless of what others may think.

Embracing your terrifying authenticity is not an easy path.

It requires courage, resilience, and a willingness to face your fears. There will be those who try to dim your light, to discourage you, or to tell you that you’re “too much.”

But remember, their fear is not your burden to bear. Their discomfort is a reflection of their own limitations, not a measure of your worth.

Action Steps:

  • Figure Out Who You Truly Are: Spend time in quiet reflection, meditating on your passions, values, and what truly makes you feel alive. What are the unique qualities that set you apart? What are the things that you’ve been holding back out of fear of judgment?
  • Find Your Tribe: Find your fellow weirdos. Search for communities and individuals who embrace diversity and celebrate authenticity. Surround yourself with people who uplift and inspire you, who see your “terrifying” qualities as strengths, not weaknesses.
  • Bare Your Soul: Share your authentic self with the world, even if it feels scary or uncomfortable. Start by expressing your opinions, sharing your creative work, or simply being honest about your feelings and experiences. Make note of who accepts you, even when they don’t agree with you. Those are the people that you need to keep around.
  • Challenge Societal Expectations: Don’t be afraid to question the norms and expectations that don’t align with your values. Speak up against injustice, advocate for what you believe in, and refuse to conform to a mold that doesn’t fit you. You’re not obligated to be who other people want you to be. Your only purpose in life is to stick to your path and live according to your truth. The world needs ALL of us to be who we truly are to run properly, or else we wouldn’t be here, right?
  • Celebrate Your Quirky Qualities: Instead of trying to suppress or downplay your unique traits, embrace them as gifts. Recognize that your “terrifying” qualities are what make you special, interesting, and capable of creating a meaningful impact on the world. The very things you feel pressured to hide are the things the world needs to see the most, even if they don’t know it yet.

Affirmation:

“I am not afraid to be myself. I embrace my authenticity with courage and conviction. I am a force of nature, and I will not be silenced or dimmed.”

Remember: Your authenticity is your superpower. It is what makes you unique, valuable, and capable of creating a life that is truly fulfilling. Embrace your “terrifying” self, and watch as you inspire others to do the same.

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