What does it mean to live from your authentic self? How does it feel? Why does it matter?
To be authentic is to be genuinely real.
When you’re authentic you speak with your own voice and align with your values. You stand in the place of your personal power.
Authenticity means you’re in integrity — with who you are and what you stand for. You draw from your Wise Self, the sacred seat of Wisdom that lies within you. But living in a way that’s congruent with our authentic self isn’t always easy.
If you’ve lost your way or your voice has gone mute, if you’ve forgotten who you are or you’ve never known, you can find the way back to the real you.
Authenticity feels like freedom.
It’s being in your natural state of joy, peace, harmony and abundance.
You understand your power to create.
You do work you love.
There’s no pretending: you live your own life, with your own storyline.
You speak, write and sing with your own voice.
You have the courage to live your truth.
You shed everything that no longer fits and reclaim the real you.
You become your own magic wand.
This is the most important work you can do.
Claiming your power, voice and values and integrating all of it into your life is the most profound battle, the battle for your soul. This is the journey of the courageous warrior. It’s a trek worth taking.
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”
― C.G. Jung
I am an authenticity mentor, an integrator, a spiritual teacher. I work with amazing women who are committed to claiming their true selves and integrating that into their life. Women who desire to get to their really real. I am deeply familiar with that journey.
I lost my voice and my power.
I became disconnected from my authenticity.
I thought that my voice and power were taken from me. The truth is, I gave them away. It didn’t happen all at once. Like a slow leak, voice and power drained from me.
My first memory of losing my voice and power happened early in childhood on an elementary school playground. Despite telling the teacher of my innocence, I was wrongly accused of being involved in a fight. My words were ignored and I was punished anyway, traumatic for a six year old. I learned very early that speaking one’s truth didn’t guarantee justice, or being heard.
There would be instances throughout my life, small and larger, that chipped away at my authenticity. Where I said yes when I really meant no. Where I made decisions and forged alliances that I knew were wrong for me. Where I had trouble setting boundaries, and even more difficulty enforcing them.
Over time I became mute, my power muzzled. Even in my most intimate relationship. One day I looked in the mirror and asked, “Who am I?” I felt sick, weak, less than. How could I, a successful, strong woman have allowed this to happen? I lost my joy, my authenticity, my soul.
In order to find my way back to the essence of who I am, I had to leave my marriage, my home and the life I had known. As I ventured away from my familiar yet uncomfortable surroundings, I did the deep, rich work required to reclaim the parts of me that were lost and brought forward the pieces that I had never known. I learned what was required to live one’s truth. I stopped blaming others and took responsibility for my authentic self.
I discovered how to find a voice that’s gone mute. I moved from powerless to powerful. I found safe places where I could try on my authentic self until I had the confidence and the courage to claim my authenticity and step out into the world.
I journeyed back to my true self.
I returned to my marriage and my home with a new voice, firmly standing in my power. Everything is different. And better. I no longer point a finger at people when things go awry. Because my authenticity meter has been restored and recalibrated I recognize authenticity disrupters. I choose for my real self. Always. I realize that I don’t need a magic wand to wave in order to create a life aligned with my true self. I hold that power within myself.
I learned that to get to my really real required an enormous amount of courage, responsibility and love. For myself.
I help women get to their really real.
Authentic women are scary. They are catalysts for change, light bearers shining onto the darkness of what is out of balance in our world. Your true self is truly needed.
I know what’s required for the journey. My bag is now full with the maps, the tools, the wisdom and the practical ways to help others make the trek to their truth. I’m here to share.
I’m blessed to work with women hungry to reconnect with their authentic selves. Women who speak (and sing) with their own voice, who make their own magic. I know the journey that they’re on because I’ve walked it myself. It’s (w)holy work. Together we find the lost pieces of who they truly are and integrate those into their lives.
The Official Bio
For more than 25 years Kimberly Manning, MA, CLC, assisted businesses, entrepreneurs and private clients share the voice of their brands and marketing. Her work has evolved to help women find new ways of being: by claiming their authentic power, voice and values and integrating that into their life and work. She is the creator of Be Happy™, a free online mentoring program for designing a happier, more authentic life. Her first book, You Are the Magic Wand, is due to be released in early 2017. Kim has published numerous articles (her first at age 9 on women’s empowerment) and writes a blog related to living in authenticity. She has taught at the university level and is a frequent presenter on topics related to making life and work authentic. She is a Feng Shui Master and was a founding member of the Boston School of Feng Shui. Kim speaks three and a half languages, enjoys knitting and dances a mean salsa.
Muses, Magic and More
I’m inspired by people who live from their center and dance with wild abandon. I admire woo-woo entrepreneurs, life artists and underdogs. A path through the woods is my muse.
I’m moved by the moon, the sea and poetry. Family, my Xdogs and stories of personal transformation fill me with joy.
These days I’m making magic with A Course in Miracles, heralding a new way to be. I’m a spiritual thinker who is firmly grounded and deeply connected. I welcome new friends to the journey.
Other Places You Can Find Me
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