Who Do You Think You Are?
Who do you think you are.?...if you know yourself. Do you think you know everything? Do you have to know everything? We don’t know nothing’. We don’t know anything. . Who do you think you are? Do you know your soul…?
~ Lyrics from Simrit’s Guru Ram Das
When I first heard this song sung by Simirit at a live concert in Westport, CT in 2018, tears immediately came to my eyes as her words and voice touched my soul and spirit very deeply. I felt as if I was one with the song and her voice. That year for me was one of the toughest I ever had., with the exception of the passing of my Grandmother and Father. We all have them as it is the journey of life, there are ups and downs and everything in between.
Through some synchronicity, I found out about her concert and decided immediately to go. I listened to my intuition as I really felt I had to go see this performer, who I never heard of before. Little did I know at the time that it would be an opening, a way through and back to who I really am. Sometimes, when things get really tough, sad and overwhelming, we lose our way to who we are. I thought I knew myself, relying on a belief system and way of being that I eventually realized didn’t serve me or anyone around me anymore.
“For Simrit, singing is not a performance, it is a sacred worship of the Divine. Her voice, her music, and her teaching, reflect this devotion which seems to come from her so effortlessly. This devotion is a gift, a talent beyond any, that will lead thousands into the lightness of being and awareness that is so vital to humanity in this day and age.” Snatam Kaur
Believe it or not, listening to Simirit that special evening opened up something that guided me right back to myself. I didn’t realize at the time that she is a divine singer, that through Yoga and Mantra’s, she expresses our connection to God.
When we are open to receiving signs, we can allow what needs to happen to grow and emerge. Since I was already using sacred sound in my work, it was one of the original reasons that I even went, as I was curious about how sound healers were using their music and voices for healing. However it turned out to have a different impact on me than I expected. That one night became a turning point for me, leading me back to Yoga, to creative expression, to me. Yoga is a spiritual technology, a way to experience a full mind body and soul connection. It is not the only way, it is just one way. All spiritual paths lead to the One if they are authentic and speak Truth.
What is your Truth for yourself? No matter what stage you are in your life, getting in touch with that aspect of yourself, your soul, is vital to living in Truth. It is the connection needed to express who you are. You may never ‘know everything’, but realizing the truth in that and accepting it, is ironically a way of getting to know yourself and your soul.
So, who do you think you are? Such an important question to ask yourself.
I understand that it may not be an easy one to answer right away. It can certainly be uncomfortable. Some people may be afraid or just don’t care to know. No one can be pushed into self-awareness. However, resistance to uncovering who you are may lead to issues as you navigate your life. It may show up as negativity, a fatalistic attitude, emotional and mental depression, physical illnesses and a lack of hope, purpose or joy for living.
Becoming more aware and living from authenticity, ‘being who you are’, is now more important than ever and not just personally for us as individuals. There is a general belief that our culture and societies have progressed, but have we really as humans? There is so much discontent, unhappiness, fear. The reasons are many, but I sense that a lot of it is due to a disconnection to one’s own spirit and the Divine, a separation from nature, from each other and from oneself.
We are destroying ourselves and our planet because we do not know who we really are. If more of us reflected and acted upon our true spiritual nature and aligned with our inner spark, life for many would be transformed. Being the best version of yourself would ripple out in so many positive ways; personally, socially, professionally and collectively as a society.
There is no one way to the journey of the true self. If you listen to the stirrings of your soul and follow your intuition, you allow an unfolding. You allow the Divine to guide you. What has helped me is taking time for meditation, yoga, reflection and nurturing my soul, which has created a shift and alignment with the Divine Source. It is an ongoing journey, full of surprises, emotional processing, challenges and joy.
You will know when you are ready, to ‘be who you really are’..
Namaste and Love,