The authentic self – inner voice, inner truth, higher self, grandest self, intuition, soul, spirit…these are some of the terms used in tandem with the concept of "authentic self". But what does it really mean to live authentically?

My favorite definition comes from one of the best authors on the subject, Gary Zukaz. He states that living authentically occurs when you align your personality with your soul, that is, to become conscious of all of the parts of your personality that are in disharmony and change them to align them with your soul/spirit. Your soul's intension is to live in harmony, joy and love. Feelings of disharmony point to the areas that need to be focused on. This means to be emotionally aware so you can heal the parts that are hurt and change the way you are living.

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