Self-expression

Self-expression

I have decided I am going to be more expressive in 2018. #newyearnewme ha! I’ve always thought I didn’t care about what other people thought of me, and while that’s true to a great extent, I have not fully reached an optimum level of comfortable, confident and authentic self-expression.

Why is self-expression important?

As believers we have two Angels sitting on our shoulders, ‘watchers, noble recorders'[1] whom we say salam to them at least five times a day and they scribe our every thought, action and feeling – all of which are forms of self-expression. Our darker sides are being written as well as our fluffy, beautiful sides. The two Angels, and more so God Himself, know us for who we truly are. And so I believe it is important for our mental, physical and spiritual being to be true and authentic to those around us and on any platform we use to express something.

I have been doing some ‘Shadow Work’, reading up on the guide by Scott Jeffery (https://scottjeffrey.com/). It is about learning ways to express our darker emotions – annoyance, rage, disappointment, selfishness and so on. We like to thrive in our strengths. On social media, we mostly witness people’s joys and exuberance. Scott Jeffery says ‘as you integrate your shadow side and come to terms with your darker half, you see yourself more clearly. You become more grounded, human, and whole.’ – this is what conscious people look for, what believers find value in. If we are not authentic and whole, we cannot give – to our loved ones, friends, children, strangers and God – wholly.

Finally, we live in an era of self-expression, where we’re able to create and recreate our identities and establish, advance and teach our faith in countless forms. So I am deciding to utilise these tools in the hopes to fill myself spiritually and perhaps benefit others.

[1] M.A.S. Abdel Haleem, The Qur’an, page 412, [82:11]

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