Off with the mask
Our culture does a great job of projecting onto us how to think and act. Break that dependency. James Baldwin wrote, “Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without, and know we cannot live within.” When we are wearing our mask we do so to fit in, to be accepted. What we miss is intimacy, the freedom to share what we feel in our heart.
Author Zora Neale Hurston adds, “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” The soul wants to experience everything, to expand beyond the borders we create for ourselves. When we let the mind wander unsupervised, it can lead us down a path to feeling inferior and unworthy. We allow the Saboteur archetype to restrict our dreams and longings, which also deprives the soul of freedom. The result is self- loathing, disappointment, or boredom which can lead to depression.
As long as you are challenging yourself, taking risks, growing and creating, you will find you are renewed, realized, and regenerated. You discover that you are powerful and you begin to love yourself. You are acting from the deepest part of psyche and your soul. In reaching for your untapped potential you alien your ego with the soul. This is a gift to Self as well as to those we are in relationship with, our community, and the world.
Recreating yourself requires reprograming the subconscious, as well as delving into the unconscious. You may not realize that the subtle actions you take today, are the reactions that have been with you from early childhood. We learn to protect ourselves during our formative years and we continue to shelter our vulnerable self throughout our life. If changing those habits and perceptions sounds like an insurmountable task, it’s because you have ignored looking inward for too long. The shadow archetype of the Saboteur is hard at work keeping you from your potential. Instead choose the archetypal energy of the Explorer, Engineer, Visionary, Strategist, Student, Seeker or the Lover.
You may think you are as good as it gets, but wait a minute. You aren’t even close to understanding and using all your gifts! The unconscious mind is a reservoir of everything you have experienced or thought. It is a hidden treasure chest of information awaiting your attention. Your fears, expectations, gifts, and wisdom are just waiting for you to explore them. Tap into that unrealized potential.
The ways into the unconscious include relaxation, imagery, dreamwork, inner dialogue, and journaling. Make the time. You are worth exploring. The unconscious is filled with riches. You are an encyclopedia waiting to be read.