Our heart research started by first defining ‘authenticity’, as simply and clearly as possible to be able to measure how reliable our decisions are, what keeps them aligned with our true story, and what doesn’t.
Human authenticity begins as the ability to access one’s core desires, and those of a given situation greater than the individual, what we call the essence. It’s what drives us, what genuinely motivates what is.
Authenticity is often attributed to people who are honest, coherent and speak their mind. But these attributes define authenticity through a set of personality traits, you can’t go very far with it, actually you can’t go anywhere beyond neurosis with it.
Someone can be authentic with or without these attributes, with or without qualities that compare to an ideal. There is no ideal self to emulate. You don’t need to walk your talk to be authentic. You don’t even even need to be honest. But you need to know why your are doing what your are doing, which is often difficult to know for sure.
When we say that we need to access the real why, we don’t necessarily mean that we need to understand something. Understanding is knowledge, a map of the Alps. Access is an experience, walking on the Alps.
Authenticity is the ability to act through a mastery of premises, not of beliefs, nor values.
For example, what can be learned from seminars or books might be inspiring and noble, but it doesn’t mean it is appropriate to what suits you, even if you feel or think it does. Very often, we will tend to follow an ethical approach that is different to the one we really need.
It is much easier to be honest than authentic, the same way that it’s easier to be nice than compassionate. Blast is a way to remind ourselves what makes us authentic and how we make it on the stage of our true story.