Inner Leadership & The Self
The present belongs to those who are present.
Within each of us, at all times, exists an essence, our life force. Many call it awareness or consciousness. Many call it spirit or soul, the core self, authentic self or the essential self. It is who or what we truly are behind the veil of our personalities and conditioned ways of being.
In our society, due to trauma, adversity and chronic stress, many of us are mostly disconnected from this essence and live from/as our egos instead. The automatic, reactive, survival-based storehouse of self-reinforcing patterns and programs based on all the conditioning of our past. The ego – an umbrella term – is in place to protect us and keep us safe and help us protect our essential needs – but it needs some updating if we ever want to feel fully alive, confident, hopeful, and free again.
Developing the inner leadership skills or capacities below by using various practices & tools taught here at HeartRich, makes it possible to simply be your Self. Many describe it as a state of flow or being in the zone, trusting ourselves and letting ourselves simply be. Meaning, simply being your essence, in real time, without resistance, interference, fear or force.
Spending time connected to our deeper selves is essential to have a vital experience of life and we don’t realize that until we reconnect. Once we do, and live from our core more often, we increase our wellbeing, build our resilience and have a great sense of life satisfaction.
Why isn’t it called Self-Leadership?
That label is reserved for something very closely connected but different. Here is an essay on Self-Leadership and it answers the question there.
In short, Inner Leadership would be all the inner processes to lead ourselves through our inner world of thought, emotion, physiology and will, to get the best out of ourselves in the world. While Self Leadership would be the approach to leading and nurturing all our parts or sub-personalities (selves). When we become Self-Led, we are living from our authentic self – free, confident, compassionate, wise and whole.