I don’t usually follow, let alone (publicly) comment about, entertainment or mainstream media topics but I am making an exception regarding Caitlyn Jenner. Why? Because I find her to be truly inspirational and, also, because she is a very notable and current example of true transformation. Many are caught up in the physical changes. But what I find most remarkable is the energetic transformation. Just reading the Vanity Fair article on Caitlyn Jenner, which went viral yesterday, brought me such joy. Here is an example of one person’s struggle over 60+ years to be open about who she is and has found peace and comfort in the process. Many of us travel similar paths in the desire to find ourselves and let our true selves shine. Our situations and obstacles are different and, in some ways, smaller since our challenges don’t necessarily challenge the majority of society’s definition of ‘normal’ and ‘acceptable’. Our personal hurdles do not rattle a large group of people beyond our own social circles and cause them to question their belief systems. Most of the time, the result of the shock and spontaneous inward reflection results in fear which, in turn, is displayed as anger, defensiveness, cruelty, ignorance and whole host of other negative behavior. I see this happening in some of the online comments about Bruce Jenner’s transformation into Caitlyn Jenner. And I find it inspirational that there is a lot less hate and fear being displayed in social media than I expected. I apologize to the world if I expected worse. But my expectations are based upon history. And I’m realizing every day that my expectations should change – that I should hold society to a higher standard and believe that the majority of us are compassionate and loving. My expectations are shifting and I’m realizing there is, indeed, more love and compassion in this world than before recent times and that we can, collectively, make the shift into a more humane world. Yay!
Aside from the obvious physical transformation into Caitlyn Jenner that is stunningly and elegantly displayed in the photos taken by the incomparable Annie Liebovitz, the interview conducted by Buzz Bissinger and the interview ‘outtakes’ shared in this online Vanity Fair article provides a glimpse into the true awakening of the lovely soul that is now Caitlyn Jenner. Caitlyn explains that when she was Bruce, she treated people with distance and behaved in ways that were protective of himself and stingy, both, financially and emotionally. Of course we understand the connection between our emotions and our behavior in that how we manage our finances is merely an extension of how we feel about ourselves. She also goes on to explain how her relationships with people (particularly her family) are now carefree, open and loving. This makes complete sense because the soul that is now Caitlyn no longer feels imprisoned by a body and persona that does not align with her spirit. She has released the expectations that society placed on her and which she accepted for a long period of time. This process is very arduous – emotionally and spiritually. And in this case, even more so for Caitlyn because it required extensive physical change. But she persevered and now feels more like her authentic self! This is so great! I am elated that there is one more person in the world who has found peace and happiness within! Even greater is that this particular someone is a celebrity, so is a positive example to many conflicted and unhappy souls in this world who feel isolated, unaccepted, scared, and lost. And even greater is that this celebrity is already reaching out to the community and providing honest connections and support to those in need.
Forego the judgement and see the beauty in the physical, spiritual, emotional — the whole transformation of being, that Caitlyn Jenner has so bravely gifted us. Thank you Caitlyn for being so courageous and open to sharing your journey with the world. I’m so glad you feel such a deep sense of freedom and inner peace. And blessings to Vanity Fair for honoring the generosity of Caitlyn’s spirit and presenting her to the world in such a loving manner.