“As [we] learn the Truth, the Truth will automatically free [us].”

~Ernest Holmes

 

“It takes courage to grow up and be who you really are.”

~e.e. cummings

 

 

Peeling the Layer of the Mask

 

Like the onion itself, my mask has many layers. For years (okay, decades), I didn’t even realize I hid behind one. When I caught wind of it, I thought it must be “only sometimes in certain circumstances…” on a kind of “as needed” basis, like when I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin, as they say… which was basically all the time.

Partly through the gift of wisdom from age, and mainly through the gift of recovery, I have come to see myself as I am more clearly. Turns out I’m more okay than I previously thought. And whether others deem me OKAY or not, it doesn’t matter unless I think so. I do think so now, much more than before.

But even still, even now, more layers continue to be revealed, especially when I think I’m at the core. Is there a core? Possibly not; it’s a conceptual intention, not a real thing. Plus, as I learn and grow, it’s an ever-moving, evolving aspiration.

But more so than ever before, it feels really good to let the big obvious layers of my mask––along with the less conspicuous ones––flutter away like dried leaves. No longer needed; purpose served.

In this season of people playfully putting on masks, I fearlessly remove another layer of mine. Revealing my authentic self, I let my light shine through like the warm glow of an October dusk.

 

 

 

In gratitude, harmony, and support,

 

 

Peeling the Layer of the Mask

6 thoughts on “Peeling the Layer of the Mask

  • October 26, 2018 at 1:27 am
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    Lovely post Lena. I appreciate the invitation to let go and discover that I am enough.

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    • October 28, 2018 at 7:55 am
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      I don’t recall the exact words or whose quote it is, and I think there are several versions of it – but the concept is that our life work is not one of addition but one of subtraction. We are enough with room to grow, and we can remove the false and limiting beliefs…

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  • October 26, 2018 at 5:09 am
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    Thank you for the “flutter away” visual… I sometimes find myself working really hard to let go, when I could, instead, simply release.

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  • October 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm
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    Excellent post and totally relatable. So many different masks and costume changes in my life. I truly want to drop it all and be me. Hugs and💜

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    • October 28, 2018 at 8:14 am
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      I get what you mean. Just to integrate all the parts and just be me. A work in process…

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