“Each person brings sound out of silence and coaxes the invisible to become visible.” ― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
Your body, mind and heart are designed to be a resonant chamber for your soul. Your mind, in particular, was not created to penetrate the mysteries of the soul by looking inward. In fact, its purpose is quite the opposite. Your mind, rightly utilized, serves to focus and amplify the heavenly music within you.
The attempt to force this to happen constricts the flow of spirit through you. Trying to be an original invariably results in you being less so. Indeed, originality and authenticity are the result of letting, not trying.
If letting is the key and is so easy, then why don’t more people do it more often? For starters, few people are willing to loosen the death grip they have on their lives. They’re desperate to control the direction in which their lives unfold, and they try just about everything – prayer, intention, goal setting, etc. – to maintain the sovereignty of self-will.
Secondly, people tend to be reluctant to relinquish their self-doubts. Self-doubts short-circuit the expression of original thought; they are the “mute button” of the soul. Whenever the outer mind says “I’m not good enough”, the perfect inner soul remains trapped in a cone of silence.
There are, of course, many other ways to choke back the revelation of originality through you, but once you are on to the fact that your body, mind and heart are perfectly capable of coaxing inner perfection into outer expression you can begin to watch for the times you are standing in the way of, rather than facilitating this to happen.