That Iron String: Trust Your Authentic Self! #Emerson #ironstring #psychology #authenticyou #beingyou
May 20, 2015
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Trust thyself: Every heart vibrates to that iron string.” Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) led the nonreligious spiritual movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and showed knowledge of events before they took place, even with the overwhelming pressures of a society founded on religion, not spirituality. He shared his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 lectures across the United States.
In my search to understand what most people find as one of Emerson’s greatest quotes, I found no references on Google to iron strings, even where I’d imagined they first existed, constructing acoustic instruments. Hence, I decided to give my own take on this quote.
Iron, in the time of Emerson, was the strongest metal available. So, to vibrate in strength to the solo melody of plucking of one individual strong string is our most amazing feat as humans. Emerson is, also, quoted in this same essay as saying:
There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.
In all of this particular essay, Emerson’s spiritual take is to come back to finding your authentic self, use it to bless the world, and get very comfortable in your individual gifts. This should be your primary goal as a human being.
We all have within us an amazing something that can only be defined by stripping ourselves of the attributes that may make an unauthentic posier:
- Anywhere in your life that you are imitating another person, dissolve the idea that you need to be like anyone other than yourself. You have been perfectly created with a consciousness that has the power to change anything in your mind or body that isn’t resonating to your greatest good.
- Trust that all you are and were created with (your looks, your size, your lacks, your peculiar traits) is a gift. Think of one of the many stars who became famous from his/her individually. No one has ever become truly famous imitating others.
- And most importantly, we all must realize that we have only what we are given to work with. So, why try to till your neighbor’s soil, when your plot of land lies in waste and full of weeds. Tend to you own land with strength and endurance, and you will always see the power of Divine Consciousness working through your authenticity in your planting, nurturing, and growing of your dreams to full fruition.
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