My name is Maia Berens and I will share with you the lessons that changed my life.
When I was a little girl and my mother was yelling, calling me names and belittling me, there was a tiny bit of inner understanding that told me I was not actually bad. Even when my ex-husband told me I was "too light for heavy work and too heavy for light work" and though I was always underemployed and underpaid, out of the corner of my awareness, I glimpsed something big in me trying to find itself.
All those times my ex-husband seemed to be trying to drive me crazy by relentlessly telling me that nothing I said made any sense, a hidden fragment of me recognized I was someone of intrinsic value with something important to teach.
When my own inner critical voices beat me up unmercifully, there was a whisper an upbeat, shadow of a smiling voice - right alongside those critical voices.
Now, after years of uncovering who I really am I recognize that that positive, upbeat little voice was the one linking me to my Real Self, my authentic connection to the Source of my Being, and by learning that those cynical inner voices are not genuinely me, I grasped how to change my negative thoughts and feelings. When I changed my negative feelings, my whole life changed. By learning to understand and satisfy the wants and needs of my Real Self, my life has become one of peace and acceptance that I could not have dreamed possible in 1979.
Whatever your circumstances, you can change your life by changing your thoughts and feelings, too. I fervently hope you will be able to meet your authentic self as well, your Real Self, and live joyfully ever after. I am going to share a short story with you - the story of my ever-evolving self - the story of my budding understanding that everything that is not my Real Self is an illusion. In it, you may find parallels to your life or to the life of someone you know. In it, you will find out how my authentic self guided me and how, when I noticed and followed its lead, I came to know my Real Self just a little bit better than I had before.