Finding Your True Name
One of the most powerful things a person can do is to rename themselves (even if only privately) to reflect more of who they truly, deeply are. Shakespeare’s Juliet, when she thought about her Romeo, may have asked herself “What’s in a name?” but there is great power in naming, especially since our given names often do not reflect our true selves, and are not truly fitting for who we are.
It can be very magical and empowering to discover your true name. Find out how:
1. Give some thought to the following questions: How do you see yourself? How would you describe yourself? How do other people see you? How would you like to be seen? If you could rename yourself with any word or phrase that best fits you as a person, what would it be?
2. Think of animals, objects, or anything in your familiar environment. Focusing on these, generate a few ideas for names that might be a better fit for you, and that makes you feel better about yourself.
3. Now think of personal characteristics or personal achievements or experiences that have helped to define the person you are. What personal quality or experience might you want to have reflected in your name?
4. After you have mulled over these questions, try closing your eyes and relaxing into a deeply centered state. Ask your Deep Self for guidance, and see if one or more of the words you thought of appears as your name.
Adapted from The Cherokee Full Circle, by J.T. Garrett and Michael Tlanusta Garrett (Inner Traditions, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by J.T. Garrett and Michael Tlanusta Garrett. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from The Cherokee Full Circle, by J.T. Garrett and Michael Tlanusta Garrett (Inner Traditions, 2002).