Since I was a little girl, I have been told that my great grandmother was Native American.

Through the years, if I liked chanting and Native American memorabilia, my mom would say it was because of my heritage and the reason why she has darker skin. It was our story. When I began to learn and commit so many years to Shamanism, my mom would remind me, once again, it was because of my indigenous ancestral ties. In 2015, we all took the DNA test which revealed we were not ancestrally Native American. My mom was and continues to be in shock that she had believed a story all her life  which turned out to be simply untrue. We had told ourselves this ancestral story all of our lives, only to find out we had been giving the wrong information.

To me, this is the value of New Thought teachings. We are able to free people from th false stories they have been told all of their lives in order to create a new, bright, and dynamic existence. A person can clearly move from "impossible" to "I’m possible."

For the first 45 years of my life I used to say to my mom, “Am I adopted?” I would ask my mom this question because I always felt so different from any of my family and for the most part did not physically look like any of them. I realize now that the disconnect I felt back then was not the feeling of being adopted, but rather allowing myself to “adopt” to ideas and beliefs which were not mine.

On some level I knew energetically that something did not add up or “the shoe didn’t fit,” as the saying goes. Probably many of you reading this have had similar stories told to you about who you are, and as vibrant beings—like me—you desired to fit it. On my birthday I always celebrate that I have healed from the need and the desire to fit in with any story other than the one I know to be true.

I invite you to celebrate this amazing teaching which gives all of the freedom to be who we truly are. You are a child of the Universe. Always express the real you.

This article is an excerpt from my new book: Being A Difference Maker: A Guide For Living Life Out Loud.

Loving Life,

In her latest offering of spiritual treasures, Rev. Dr. Temple Hayes sets out to energize readers in coming alive with passion in "Being a Difference Maker: A Guide for Living Life Out Loud."


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