One of the most powerful teachings is to show a person their essence. Shamanic practices work and revolve around essence. One of the earlier things we do for a student is help them find their essence. Once you know your essence it explains many of your mysterious actions and desires.
What is My Core Essence?
The core essence is what makes you uniquely “you”. The core essence is what separates each person in their individuality.
I should tell you first what core essence isn’t.
It isn’t your story. People will search for their essence over decades and decades due to the mistake of thinking their essence is a story to complete. This will keep a person chasing an entire lifetime after ever shifting stories.
Essence isn’t a concrete answer and yet it transcends you. Here is a starter answer:
Essence is your style. It’s how you express your stories.
Essence is a deep word: it drives our souls and is the engine which our spirit revolves around. Essence transcends each of our stories and follows us no matter which form we may take. To see and accept the essence of another is to have power in how you work and flow with another. To embrace your own style is to never work against yourself. Essence can have other meanings, but for a human being this definition of style is one that will take you far.
All too many people lose their essence by letting the story take over, by letting a story overwhelm your style is to lose touch to yourself. This is the classic trap where work becomes more important than living, where a relationship overshadows your own needs, where expectations are a whip and you can’t pace life to your own style.
Essence is the expression of how you consistently live with your style.
Now surprisingly while our core essence is beyond words (words are stories after all), it’s often possible to summarize our core essence into a simple statement that is highly accurate to capturing a snapshot of our unique nature in play.
Here is a small sampling of some core essences I have had the fortune to come across life.
- Teaching Kindness
- Building Clarity
- Striving for Success
- Three Steps Ahead
- Creative Play
- Freedom to Explore
These statements are not the core essence itself but rather they capture the style of how a person’s core essence plays in life itself.
If your essence is “playful freedom” you won’t be very happy trapped in a story of life where you are being abused by another. If your essence is “Outstanding Dark Horse” you won’t be happy in a story of life where you are ahead all the time. Discovering your essence will unravel the mysteries of your actions and explain the mistakes you make.
Understanding your essence will help you flow with more grace in life.
If you want to arrange a session with us, Julie and I can help you find your essence. It’s a special service we provide to help people live more gracefully.
This process we teach will help you expand out spiritually. Revealing your style will open up options and clarify which choices move your life more gracefully. With working in essence you will then begin to see how life flows around you. It will be come clearer why people do what they do. It will connect you to the world in a deeper manner.
A shamanic practice is one that teaches you to see the essence in everything around you. In seeing the essence of something, you can then move and work with it with grace, you can relate with each living being rather than working against life. If you want to work in a soulful manner in life then the truth of the practice is to flow and work with the essence of everything that intersects your own life.
One of the deepest parts of a Shamanic practice is learning to connect, see and work with essence.
Layers of Essence
It turns out we have layers of essence that entwine and merge together to complete us as a person.
So our core essence is what makes you uniquely you. However, entwined around the core essence are the strands of other parts of our nature.
We are an animal, Homo Sapiens. This means we have our instincts, which drive us to act in a certain manner. These instinct can be summarized as the essence of being Homo Sapiens.
We are a Human Being which means we have our stories which extend us to go beyond the limitations of our Homo Sapien’s instincts. Each story we hold has an essence within it that tries to define us further. Being a Mother, a Worker, a Teacher, a Sister, etc all will influence you in the motions through life.
We are part of the universe, we have the essence of the earth in our bones, oceans in our blood and stars in our mind’s desire to reach out and be more.
We are the mixture of all these essences combined together. The core essence is in the driver’s seat to give larger direction as we move in life. When Julie and I work with a person we take this all into account as we help you improve and expand your life.