I Dared To Be Open And Choose To Be Me

by Caroline Reineke, The Netherlands

When I look back at my life, I see myself as a ‘human doing’ – quick whether in thought, speech or action. I was often rushing, as if I was running through (or away) from life, for whatever reason. In a way, I wanted to be in control. Truly feeling myself or having genuine contact with my body was under-developed territory for me. From an early age I had taught myself to be tough, to not show my vulnerability to anybody. It was just too scary for me, as I was afraid to be exposed – that I was not so tough, but just a girl with feelings as well, and I could feel hurt too. This control or ‘doing-ness’ was, in a way, my shield of protection. It took me a while to realise that this doing-ness was keeping me away from me: this was a painful realisation some years ago. Who am I, if I am not this shield, I wondered?

Since I started to attend the workshops of Serge Benhayon two years ago, I got a glimpse of the feelings and words I had been wondering about. It’s not about doing – what I do or need to do, like being quick in my responses or actions; it’s about who I am, just being me. It sounds so simple, but it was a turn-around for me. I learnt to turn to and connect gently with my body and my breath and just feel. Gradually, I became aware of the fact that ‘I am enough’, and learnt to embrace that. Just being still with me, feeling what there is to feel. That’s enough. Wow!

I can now enjoy myself more. I still experience the doing-ness and the need to control, and can feel when it ‘takes over’. As I am more connected to my body, I can see I have a choice. And this brings me to another big insight: the power of choice. Every day – actually every moment – I can choose; is this (thought, word, action) harming or healing for me/my body? So when I speed up or start to speak quickly and feel I am losing myself, I can feel it’s harming: it just requires a ‘stop it and feel’. But also when I realise, e.g. my body feels stressed, I can choose instantly: what is supportive for me now?

I have taken more responsibility for my body and my choices, including habits and patterns like the doing-ness. I have become more observing and accepting of myself, which is a whole new way from what I used to… do! And last but not least, I am showing more of me now, expressing my feelings, showing my vulnerability in moments. At times I even share with others what I feel, when I don’t know why these feelings are there. I just dare to be open… just being me at that moment. It all adds up to: there is more of ME in each of my relationships now. And as we are all ‘forever students’, it even becomes fun to see what each day brings to be with.

144 thoughts on “I Dared To Be Open And Choose To Be Me

  1. There is a far richer and truer quality that is lived when we move in connection to our essence, to who we are, to our Soul, that which is beyond compared to a way of living that is driven by a need to fit into a picture of what we think we should be ‘doing’ to receive recognition, acceptance or identification. As you have beautifully shared, we already are everything we simply need only connect to it and allow this love to be what moves and guides us.

  2. Life is about quality, and the more we make the quality of our movements our focus, above the ‘doing’ and needing to get things done, life slowly starts to also take on this quality of care and attention, and the expansion on offer when we allow ourselves space instead of the smallness and contraction we feel when we’re always on the run.

  3. “I can now enjoy myself more.” This is an important statement how many people can truly say they enjoy being themselves. Looking back I didn’t dislike myself but there were so many things in life that were reflecting back to me that I wasn’t being me that I don’t remember ever feeling joyful. Like you Caroline I was always doing, ahead of myself and never feeling I was enough. Now I know if I stay with me in everything I do, not rushing around and wanting to control everything around me, I am finding the true me, that is enough, and in this I am able to appreciate myself and allow myself to feel being joyful in being all of me.

  4. Caroline it’s a good point about running or rushing through life and possibly running from life. We are such sensitive beings and aware of so much, however we are rarely supported to understand this nor what we feel, so the running from life makes so much sense because we may be running from what we feel.

    1. It is so true Chris. The world currently is totally geared up to take us away from our connection to who we are, and the only antidote to this is to begin developing an honest and honouring relationship with our bodies, in which we will discover the truest guide for knowing how to live from who we truly are.

  5. ‘it even becomes fun to see what each day brings to be with’, this sounds like a great approach to life, as opposed to how serious we can make life only focused on surviving and paying the bills each month. There is so much more to life and we are so much grander than we could ever imagine and to reconnect with our natural divine essence, is to live in a way that is true to yourself, to share and express your truth and not hold it back.

  6. Being ourselves and expressing with total openness can feel uncomfortable because we have spent so long hold ourselves back in protection in order not to get hurt, yet the more open we are the more we start to feel the freedom of being ourselves.

  7. Is it not wonderful to be more who we truly are – it is so simple, easy – joyful and never exhausting. Thank you Caroline for sharing so honestly about your vulnerability and how you have changed your way of living – that is inspiring!

  8. Thank you Caroline, it’s so important to have regular stop moments when we transition from those momentums and patterns of being in busyness, rushing and pushing ourselves. By nature these things will make us feel we just need to keep going, but stop moments placed regularly into the day mean we can support ourselves to keep coming back to our being. We can then begin to introduce gentleness into our day, and as we reconnect back to and live from our being or soul we can gradually learn to move through each day connected to our inner stillness. and let the pressure of rushing or pushing go.

  9. It is very daring Isn’t it, to be ourselves in a world where this is an absolute rarity. And yet the more of us who choose to do this, the more reflections of clarity and truth their are for people to align to

  10. When we are both open to being ourselves and a forever student, life will always bless us with ongoing opportunities to grow and develop no matter what experience is at hand be it smooth or challenging.

  11. When we allow ourselves to surrender to this beingness we then come alive as we are not controlling our every movement in the pursuit of recognition and identification but rather are open and vulnerable to what is being presented in the moment.

  12. The human doing is quite effective in blocking the human being. The other day I had some big stuff come up for me to feel and review. I noticed I wanted to go into doing and get lots done. I’m not against doing as there is a lot to be done but this time I knew it was to avoid what was there for me to feel and that I was using it as a distraction. I decided to take it easy and not do. I rested, and took it easy and I allowed myself to feel what was there. It was beautiful and it passed in quite a gently way.

  13. We often feel as though just being ourselves is not enough and become good at doing. But really, if we are hiding who we truly are, what is there to be loved? We are not even giving the world a chance to appreciate and love who we are while craving love and thinking we are not enough.

  14. When we are identified with what we are doing or the doingness we don´t yet know who we are just being; it even can appear to be strange and uncomfortable although it is so much easier and natural. This is very revealing of how we as a society work or function and hence raise our children.

  15. Thank you Caroline, I can relate to being busy intentionally to avoid what I feel, but as we make it about the being and reacquaint ourselves with all we are life can become very rich, and the quality of who we are in all we do becomes what’s important. Learning to let ourselves feel what hurts us and all we are aware of is a big part of returning to living from our being, because that can be what we are running from in the “doing”. As we return to being, simply being ourselves, there can be many beautiful moments in life just like this one “Just being still with me, feeling what there is to feeL”

  16. There is always so much to be done, but the quality with which we do that doing is all important. That quality is developed through stillness within as a daily development.

  17. I remember the feeling I use to get no matter what I did or what I achieved. It was like you were ok while you were doing it but the moment it finished or you stopped there was this uncomfortable feeling that left you wondering about the world. I had no real understanding of what that feeling was but I knew it appeared not to exist when you were on the run or doing things and so you would just keep doing things. Then was the realisation that you couldn’t do this forever and so what was going on. The more questions I openly asked the more simpler things become, life is about a quality and not an achievement and so with respect you can do anything you choose if your dedication comes home to quality. I am sure we all remember the “quality not quantity” line and here is possibly where it rings truest.

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