Fears and Facades
When we embark into new territory, we sometimes fall back into old ways out of fear, creating a fabricated reinforcement, leading us to forget acknowledgment of the new ways that made us stronger and wiser. We must remember that we can use our new found strength to foster the power to project our truth, to remove our masks. Many of us hide behind the mask of our responsibilities, job titles, wealth or excuses creating a facade of competent falsehood to avoid facing that which we should face. Other times, if we find challenge with our self-esteem or our freedoms, we conjure ourselves into alter-egos, super beings and larger than life entities to create a mask of security. The main reason we create facades is fear of acceptance or fear of rejection. This fear, whether acceptance or rejection, is one and the same. Either way, by focusing on the unknown, we cultivate this fear. Many of us live our entire lives never once thinking about removing our mask. It makes a hard and difficult path for therein lies the problem.
The Problem with Masks
Masks in and of themselves aren't a bad thing - they can be sometimes be whimsical, wild, adventurous, sexy, playful, fun, exciting. The problem is that masks are meant to be worn temporarily. When forced to wear them every day, it becomes a distortion of true selves. It is a hard and sad occasion living untrue each day. When worn all the time, we fool ourselves that the unnatural image is more beautiful than our own. How vulnerable one must feel when they remove their masks in private for regardless of what mask you wear, you have to take it off sometime. You can't sleep in it, you can't bathe in it, you can't breathe in it, you can't heal in it. You can't live artificial all of the time. If you imagine a freedom without your mask, do you know that everything will be okay? Life is not meant to be lived dependent upon the acceptance or rejection of others. Light and truth will attract truth and light. Realize that:
One single light still shines bright ~Zhu Shuzhen
Who Are You?
|Unmasked - I am Me|
Take off whatever mask(s) you have been hiding behind whether you wear it everyday or just once in a while. Face your fears. You will be surprised. For every rejection, there will be an acceptance, most often from where you least expect it. Your path to revealing your true self doesn't have to be solitary. If you are afraid, look in the mirror and admit to yourself that you are; this act is the first step to breaking down the wall you've been hiding behind. Take the guidance or hand of the one light that shines bright, that attracts and accepts your light. Confess your truth, ask for mask removal assistance. Break old ways and methods. Wash off the fake foundations. Rejoice as it dissipates. Feel and grow in your empowerment. Embrace the beauty of your true, exposed, naked, self - become the real "you".