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Finding Your True Name

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.

Read more: Spirit, Guidance, Self-Help

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).

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11:41PM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Thank you

11:39PM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

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11:38PM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

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11:36PM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

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2:09AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

This is terrific, thank you. I've always hated my given name but I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to use another name for reasons of a spiritual nature.

6:11PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

While my mother was pregnant with me my parents had chosen the name Sarah for me until my father had a dream that I was a daughter and they were calling me Devon...they paid attention to this and here I am 66 yrs later and I love my name...means the poet..well suited to my disposition.... However I am a firm believer that we are the masters of of our fate..and if a new name brings out the best in you go for it...and enjoy!!!

12:11PM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

well, everyone say that my name is beautiful, but I'm always shortening it, because it sounds better, as well as easier to remember, especially for foreigners:) thanks:)

7:24PM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

I legally changed my name - my given name was pretty but so not me. It was empowering to become "Taylor" instead.

4:40AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

In my childhood I was always called by my first and middle names, at some point fewer people called me by those two names...especially at school. For a long period most people called me by my first name only. I have gone back to using both my first and middle names in recent years, I think they have a ring to them. So just call me Warren Keith please...

1:35AM PST on Jan 16, 2012

Good article, thank you

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