People often have to ask, “How do you spell Truessence?” and I always respond something like this:
“It’s the word “true” and “essence” combined together with one “e” in the middle.”
Confusing? Well maybe just a bit, but during these past few months of our rebranding journey, I’ve been continually reminded of the why, where and how for how this name came to be.
Rewind a few years.
The sweet moment when I first heard the name Truessence birthed, came from a dear friend of mine named Emily. And one thing you should know about Emily is that she oozes creativity.
We were a group of women away for a weekend of vulnerably risking to share our dreams, ideas, fears and to listen to one another. Somewhere between a pedicure and a facial (and probably some really good wine), my raw heart was exposed: “I want to see people set free to see their sexuality and spirituality like God sees it.”
And just like that, the wheels were in motion. I had said it out loud and suddenly this desire was moved from a place of “I” to a place of “we”.
We sat there dreaming and wondering together as Emily doodled away on her napkin. And then she spoke it. And we all grew silent.
My heart + people’s process + her words + God’s love = creating Truessence.
We began to asking crazy questions like:
- What would it mean to return to our truest essence?
- Could God have created this place within us to long for our essence, in its truest form?
But first, I had a few rules for God.
On this day when the name Truessence found me, I had no idea what all it would involve – in fact I made some very declarative statements to God and to anyone else who would listen. Things mostly like:
“I will only teach women! Married women!”
But God seemed to hold a bigger vision that I was, at that time, unable to see. It’s mildly humorous now how quickly God began using others to stretch me.
- Can you teach this to singles?
- Can you teach this to men?
- Will you risk stepping into marriages that are on the brink of divorce?
- Will you see my image in the sexual addict?
- Can you really trust me when you step into the chaos of how sexual disorder is hiding the truest essence of my image?
- Can you be a resource for those struggling with sexual wounds?
Truth be told, the changes forming in Truessence these past years have been stretching, humbling and rich with learning. Back in 2006, when sweet Emily uttered forth the name Truessence, I could not have imagined all that has come to life or all the messy places where I would be invited. And most remarkably, how we’ve had to grow into our name’s meaning over the years.
You know who you are.
Today, I am a bit misty eyed sitting here and writing this. In reaching this new threshold of change, I am reminded of ALL those who have volunteered their time, energy and talents to help us reach this place.
The truest part of Truessence are the people. Yes, the people. You know who you are and if you have any doubt, please call me (once I return from Israel, that is) and let me look you in the eye and remind you. I’ll remind you that because you risked asking me really tough, uncomfortable questions, you’ve helped me grow in ways that would have never been possible without your voice.
I had a dream that was born from trudging through the pain of the past, but it was within community that this dream was born, breathed to life and expanded. Thank you!!
The “we” of Truessence is continuing to grow through partnership with true, real and raw people like you. People who have requested to have an ancient story retold with new insight.
Here’s to exploring the truessence of being spiritually and sexually created in the image of God, together.