This Sunday, October 11, is National Coming Out Day. A friend commemorated this event by posting Diana Ross's "I'm Coming Out" video on my Facebook wall. We love Diana, don't we? :-)
If coming out is a celebration, why is coming out so hard for so many people?
Here's why. Coming out takes a lot of courage.
Coming out means letting go of the ideas, expectations and shame of who others say you're supposed to be. You see, there's a strong push for people to conform into molds. Yes, you can be an individual, they say, but within limits.
At its core, coming out is the process where you choose to embrace the truth and authenticity of who you are.
And...you don't have to be a part of the LGBTQ community to come out. Surprise!
I work with a number of clients who carry a whole lot of shame in their lives, especially when it comes to money. People like to use Harry Potter's invisibility cloak over the areas of their lives they don't want others to see.
Here's some examples of shame that people carry:
Shame easily fills in the blank to this statement: I'm not _________ enough.
Do any words pop up in your mind? If so, this may be a sign post leading you to some area of healing.
This is why coming out is so powerful. Coming out asks you to dig deep into your own self to ask, "Who are you really? Is that true? Really, really true? If it's not true, what is the truth?"
You'll know you hit the Truth (with a capital T) when you feel good, expansive, uplifted, inspired, joyous and amazing.
The truth is that who you are, in this moment, and in every moment, is perfect already as you are. You are whole. You are complete. And you are fabulous!
After you arrive to this truth, coming out is your next step in standing in this truth and declaring it to the world, in your very being-ness. It doesn't mean that you don't get scared along the way. It does mean, though, that you know that you can't go back to who you thought you used to be. Going back would hurt too much.
This is the essence of the Anaïs Nin quote:
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
Where you in your life are you being called to blossom?
For your coaching assignment for this week, reflect on an area of your life where you might be feeling the nudging to "come out."
Let's not have another day pass with you feeling like you have to hide anything, or remain tight in a bud. Let today be the day you embrace the truth that right where you are, you are fabulous. You are ready to blossom.
I'd love to hear what this post brings up for you. Make sure to leave a comment below.
p.s. I'll be speaking this Sunday at the Global Truth Center in North Hollywood, CA, about my own story of coming out. I'll also be leading the LGBTQA spiritual circle at 12 noon there also. If you're interested, click to watch this short video on my Facebook page about "coming out."
Joselito is a spiritual life coach helping people create a purposeful, spiritual path to career and financial freedom.
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