Revealing Essence

One of the most powerful teachings is to show a person their essence. Shamanic practices work and revolve around essence. One of the earlier steps in our teaching a student is to help them find and then see 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”, and is what separates each person in their individuality.

I should tell you what core essence isn’t.

It isn’t your story. People will search for their essence over 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.

Here is a starter answer:

Core Essence is your style. It’s how you express your stories.

Core Essence is your spark that continues to burn after each story you fill out in life. Look at two twins, identical down to the genes, yet each one a very separate person with a unique style in how they express themselves in life.


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Essence is a deep word: it’s the engine that drives our souls. Essence transcends each of our stories and follows us no matter which forms 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 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 their style. Letting a story overwhelm your style is to lose touch with yourself. Losing oneself to a story is the classic trap where work becomes more important than the living of your own life, where a relationship overshadows your individual needs, where expectations are a whip, and you are no longer in control of your life.

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 capture a snapshot of our unique nature in play.

Here is a small sampling of some core essences I have had the fortune to come to life.

  • Teaching Kindness
  • Building Clarity
  • Striving for Success
  • Three Steps Ahead
  • Creative Play
  • Freedom to Explore
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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 a life where you are being abused by another. If your essence is “Outstanding Dark Horse” you won’t be happy in a story of a 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 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 of everything around you. In seeing the essence of something, you can then move and work with it with grace; you can relate to 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.


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Layers of Essence

It turns out we have layers of essence that entwine and merge 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.

Some words are fractal; they mean seemingly different things depending on how you examine the word. These are words based on a pattern rather than a result. Essence is one of these fractal words.

The inner definition of essence is the fundamental / core nature of something. The larger definition of essence also represents the layers that also add up to make a person who they are in life.

Look at yourself as a human, and the essence of a human is in holding a story. If you look at yourself in terms of biology, then your essence is a collection of cells & DNA and how the cells reproduce. If you look at yourself as the universe, then you quickly might see your essence as god.

Then there is the problem of labels. Labels are premade simplified stories. We slap labels on top of everything to muddle the damn definitions, to change them with that label. If you label yourself as Christian, then seemingly you see your essence as relative to “Christian” written ideals compared to a Hindu who would hold their essence as “Hindu” traditions. Labels seemingly change everything. So much so we fight wars over trying to common-“ize” these dang labels. Yet labels don’t make a difference since labels are merely a story. Remember, true essence transcends a story.

When in Taoism, we talk about True Essence, it is a statement of your fundamental nature and, likewise, your essence at a deeper core level. And then original essence hints at the core to the core. However, if you think about essence, it’s still fractal and all the same. So essence becomes an exploration of the levels of perception now and how it plays out relative to how you ask the question: “what is your essence…”.

So many different ways of seeing the same thing. But changes radically different depending on how you view it, hold it, or play with it.

For example:

We are an animal, Homo Sapiens. We have our instincts, which drive us to act in a particular manner. Our instincts can be summarized as the essence of being Homo Sapiens.

We are a Human Being, which means we have the stories that 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 a mixture of all these essences combined. The core essence is in the driver’s seat to give more significant 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.

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Just wanted to ask you this question, if you don’t mind.
What does it mean when a person say, i will make you an essence of music ?

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What do you think about a person who is an empath

I really connected with this concept and I would be interested in learning more about your services in discovering my Essence as I feel that this is a particular block in my personal expression for my website and business as a Naturopath.

“A shimmering dripping wet black panther with emerald green eyes who just swam out of the river Styx shaking off her fur at the gate of Hades! ” – I feel the mythical reference side could actually be ego as the panther and water elements came to me at night?

Wow thank you so much that is really encouraging

Great piece of information.

Thank you

Yes! My essence is an Golden-embroidered hide dressed Indian Chief atop a horse, riding slowly through a dystopian city under the glow of soft sun rays. Or if you’re drowning into black waters, my essence would look like golden rays penetrating the surface tinged with dark purple and turquoise and blooming with wisp smoky frangipani flowers.

I was challenged with describing how my music brand will be different from other artists…asked to define that “thing” that people will feel when they join my musical experience and I’ve been struggling to answer. I googled, describing essence, and came across your site. Thank you illustrating it in a digestible manner for me. I think this exercise will open up more possibilities in my life than I can imagine. Maybe this is my path to healing me and helping others through my music.

I would say a phoenix bursting into flames, and being reborn. That’s kinda d of how I Invision myself after finding what I need. I’m still looking for answers to the questions I can’t define.

Thank you, very enlightening. The story of us makes so much sense to me.

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