What lies beneath the surface?

aka Let your true potential shine

The Little Prince, It's only with the heart that one can see rightly.
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince is one of the most wonderful stories ever written. I could have been 11 or 12 years old when I first read it. Back then I didn’t really understand its deeper meaning. It took me a few more readings and life experience to get it. 🙂 

This childlike approach to the world that the Little Prince represents, lives in all of us. We all have our true self, power within us. However at the very young age we learn to behave in certain ways as we think that we (as children) are lovable only if…. I don’t cause much problem to my parents, if I have good marks… The adults around us start projecting (or imprinting) their fears, and believes onto the children, and as children want to be loved and feel safe, they quickly learn what to say, how to behave.

We start putting layer on layer onto the true essence of who we are. 

Then comes the dreaded teenage years – when on top of the hormones playing a game on us. We want to rebel yet still belong, we get hurt or our old wounds become deeper, or they resurface. As we don’t know how to deal with these emotions, we decided to shut them down, and again put on another layer on our soul to protect ourselves.

But what else could we do?

Stop and reflect; self-reflections, self-awareness
Take a moment to reflect

Stop and spend some time to reflect on what you have achieved so far, where you are where are you heading to. Meditation is a really good practice to help you to get grounded. I’ve been practising meditation every morning for the past 2 years, and I can tell that it helped me a lot to see clearly and distance myself from the hectic rhythm of the city life. 

Some of you might be sighing: …but I don’t have time to meditate. I am so busy. Well, let me paraphrase Dr Joe Dispenza:

Those who say they don’t have time for meditation, they are the ones who need it the most. 

Whether you sit in a lotus pose or just simply close your eyes and focus on your breathing, as long as you are with yourself, alone, you will start feeling more grounded. You become more aware of what is going on in your body. This state helps your mind to have a break from the different errands it has to orchestrate every single day.

Your inner chatter might want to derail you but ignore it. Trust yourself and your inner knowing.

The sky is always brighter after the storm. Once the storm is over, the ray of lights will break through the thick layer of clouds. You inner glowing will find a way to the surface and the protective layers you put on during the years, will start to crack. The more you pay attention to what is going on inside, the more confident you will get at navigating your life through the stormy waters.

Here I cannot NOT mention Balazs Havasi’s song The Storm. There is a wonderful clip being shown while Havasi is performing the song.

The Storm by Havasi (same performance in Wembley Arena, London, October 2019)

An old, dull grey statue is being shown during a storm. Seemingly there isn’t anything interesting on it. Until the ghastly winds and the storm are too much and the statue starts developing small cracks. These cracks soon are like a spiderweb on the statue. Slowly a bright light starts peering through the cracks. 

Something hidden from the eyes is becoming visible. The hidden truth of the statues. They are, in fact, golden statues. 

Light within is shining the light around. You have all the answers.

And what would you do if you know that inside you there is this golden light, this incredible value?

Despite all the circumstances, our disbelief we all carry a light inside. This light might be hidden at the very bottom of our heart, but trust that it is there. Some of us need to work a little harder to bring this light on the surface. And while we uncover it we are faced with our fears and pain.


Because our old beliefs are falling apart. We are doing a big spring clean in our inner world. We are releasing old patterns. This is a painful process. But well worth it. Allow the process to take over and have trust that is going to work out for your highest good. Yes, we need to become vulnerable. But vulnerability is a strength. Use it in your advantage.

So what lies beneath the surface? The greatest chance/possibility to transform yourself and connect with your true potential.

Let your heart guide you and allow your mind to come up with the actual steps. Mind and heart aren’t separate. They aren’t in different teams. They play in the same team. They play in your team and it is your job to help them work together, so you can thrive.

To sum up:

  • You are someone with loads of potential that needs to be embraced and utilised. 

Written by Petra J.

cover image by Robert Lukeman @robertlukeman

Date: November 2019

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