Akosua Dardaine Edwards

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Akosua Dardaine Edwards - author, writer, coach, gender specialist, speaker

 

Individuation and Me

To find out what is truly individual in ourselves, profound reflection is needed; and suddenly we realize how uncommonly difficult the discovery of individuality in fact is. Carl Jung


Many of us have been socialised to believe that we must toe the line, follow the crowd, remain status quo and not be too different. Especially people of colour because there were consequences for being "too out there". Some were prepared to deal with the consequences and many were not ready or prepared.


I have been thinking about individuation and how going through the process of self reflection and inner work brings up to the fore what is inside of us, what our truth is. At times, this shift can be uncomfortable for those who make it, not only because it is new, it may go against everything we know and it is completely non status quo.

The process of self reflection and knowledge of self makes the isolation or differences of opinion easier to accept.

I have learnt that a lot of my angst lies in the non acceptance of the process of my own individuation and the fear that goes along with it. I have also learnt that it remains absolutely necessary to continue the process and step out on it despite the fear. Failing to do that will contribute to me living a lesser life and neglecting my truth.

Remembering that this too shall pass and paving the path for others is part of the journey in honour of those who paved a path for me

Peace


Have you read any of Akosua's work?

What Did I Learn Today? Lessons on the Journey to Unconditional Self Love

Nyabo (Madam) - Why Are You Here?

Daily Lessons on the Journey - A Journal

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