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July 19, 2016

Are You Plagiarizing Your Life?

By Amara Rose

Oscar Wilde said, "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." Authenticity is powerful. One of Spirit's great gifts from my awakening journey is the message: "You need less than you think / And you have more than you know." Play this on repeat until you own it.

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Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That's how the light gets in.

~ Leonard Cohen, Anthem

When I published 10 Steps to Personal Transformation last week, I did a quick search for any earlier iteration -- and was quite surprised when a plagiarized version turned up.

I reached out to the digital magazine that had run the piece, as well as to the woman who submitted it under her byline. It's not the first time something like this has happened: a new-thought church leader once appended my Home page content to her YouTube video as "Anonymous," calling it an intern's mistake. Another time I discovered someone using my words to promote his artwork.

"I thought I was you"

But this is the first time a plagiarizer has apologized. Initially, I thought her extreme remorse was meant as sarcasm. She emailed, in part, "My deepest and sincerest apologies for my egregious act of plagiarism.

"Please know that I am digging deep to understand the darkness within me that led me to make the choice to steal your words. I have much to learn from this and am spending lots of time in reflection to glean the lessons from this experience."

Her contrition moved me. I responded, "We all have darkness within us; it's just a question of whether and how we express it. I know I've mishandled situations in my life. You didn't commit murder, so please don't be too hard on yourself. Since we're all rays of the One, on a meta-level you did write it."

Whose life is it anyway?

Our exchange expanded my consciousness.

How many of us plagiarize our lives, either by emulating someone we admire to the extent that we eclipse our individuality, or by physically altering our bodies to reflect what's trending? Plastic surgery is plagiarism if we remake our physical vessels in another's likeness, or to fit a cultural ideal. I'm sure you can conjure numerous examples.

As I wrote in You're Not Racist. It's Your Brain, "We're all equal backstage, when the make-up and the costumes and the constructs come off. Our similarity is the great leveler, because it humbles our unique, snowflake selves into awareness of a greater whole."

And challenges us to widen our perception of who and what we are.

Synchronistically, I just read And Again, a novel in which four terminally ill patients are given a second chance at life in genetically replicated bodies. But while their minds transfer intact, a deeper essence of who they'd been is missing, because these perfect new bodies have no physical memory. The story asks, Will these people make the same choices, given a do-over?

Oscar Wilde said, "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." Authenticity is powerful. One of Spirit's great gifts from my awakening journey is the message: "You need less than you think / And you have more than you know." Play this on repeat until you own it.

We are here to illumine our nonpareil nature. Nobody's perfect, and everybody is. The imperfection is the beauty of it, as a former flame reminded me at 25. The scars on our skin and on our hearts are how the light gets in.

Copyright July 2016 Amara Rose

(Article changed on July 19, 2016 at 18:06)



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Amara Rose is a "midwife" for our global rebirth. She is the author of the hour-long digital download, What You Need To Know Now -- A Road Map for Personal Transformation, and a contributor to many health, business and new thought publications. Learn more at LiveYourLight.com, where you can subscribe to her inspirational monthly newsletter. Connect with Amara on Twitter and Facebook.


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