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Searching For Truth: A Blog by Sherri Smith


Authenticity: the quality of being genuine.

Consider the power of this; whether it is applied to our relationships with others, with ourselves, within the corporate world, the political world and all ‘worlds’ we exist in.

Social conditioning, the lure of power, economics, and the need for acceptance have taught us to wear a social mask to exist without creating a stir in the system and yet the damage these masks create is a destruction we are beginning to realize within our bodies and minds, the environment and our society as a whole. The braves souls that have chosen to speak out through history have been chastised, murdered, fired, oppressed and alienated and yet they were speaking their truth. We have been corralled and led astray from our inherent truths at the risk of appearing different. Our souls receive the greatest damage.

How often have you felt enraged at an injustice? How often have you acted upon it? The need for authenticity will create the greatest changes within ourselves, our lives and our communities. We are honoring the plastic masks in our society; it even shows up now in cosmetic surgery…a permanence of masks. All of this for the sake of power and yet we are diminishing our soul’s power in saying we are not good enough as we are or we succumb to the pressures of conformity and media which diminishes our spirit.

Eric Church is a country singer who released a song called ‘3 year old’ and there is a particular line in it that holds so much power; “walking barefoot through the mud will knock the rust right off your soul”. We have so much to learn from observing children. A child doesn’t care about a label on their clothing unless we instill that value or sense of value in it. A child neither cares if they are deemed beautiful because they feel it in their soul. And a child will speak out for what it believes in, until the forces of adversity become too overwhelming.

I have fond memories of being at the beach with a friend this past summer. It was an intensely hot and humid day and the lake is often aggressive during these heat waves. The waters were unfit to attempt to swim in with 4 to 5 foot waves crashing in on the shore. I couldn’t take the heat any longer so I stood at the waters edge and let the spray of the waves crashing down cool me. I was caught unawares as i was looking along shoreline and didn’t have time to react to the next wave that came crashing in, it was enormous and powerful and knocked me right down. After a bit of a struggle I managed to get myself seated, having given up on trying to stand amidst the aggressive force of nature, and simply allowed the water to greet me and often toss me around more. I was laughing like a little girl, in absolute joy. My friend came and joined me and we spent a good portion of our time just being free with nature, and being authentic. Our hair was tossed all over but the smiles on our faces was beautiful. Many people were walking along the shoreline with socks and shoes and watches or in carefully manicured outfits and many commented at our joy. It was interesting because this was available for them to do but it meant letting go which can be very scary for some. Eventually more people joined us scattered along the shore. The memory is so deep in me. Finally when we attempted to stand up after the waters had calmed somewhat, I realized I had about 5 cups of sand packed into my bathing suit bottoms, looking very similar to a full diaper. I didn’t care, no one could have taken me away from that experience. I am 52 years old but I felt like I was 3 again. That day knocked the rust off my soul, and there are so many other experiences in life when we can do the same thing. Kick those shoes off and get real. Get muddy. Stand out amidst the controlled and plastic world. Be different and be authentic.

It is within our authenticity that our genius is allowed to shine. We give birth to new ideas, to inspiration and passion. It is true power. The suppression of our inner child is lifted. There is justice not only to ourselves in being authentic but also to each other. It is our own unique truth.


Sherri Smith from A State of Bliss has trained extensively and globally with ancient modalities and traditions to combine the wisdom these teachings into her own unique therapies. We are deeply connected to the natural world and many of the ills of society today are a result of our separation from this. Sherri's commitment to her own journey keep her immersed in teachings, experiences and advancement, in turn providing rich and rare content to her offerings. There is a yearning within each of us to live a greater life. Discover your power, your gifts and your truths.

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