Sep. 5, 2016

Taking the Mask Off


 This wake up call extends beyond just political awareness; more people in the west are turning to ancient forms of spirituality which center around oneness, individuality, interconnection, respect, love, and peace. It is a spiritual revolution reminiscent of the counterculture of the 1960s in which the students hit the streets and demanded peace, protesting against the Vietnam War on every campus across the nation. The younger generation rebelled as they understood that freedom comes from within, it is not just a slogan that your government tells you to be true.

One of the queens of the 1960s, Janis Joplin told us, “Freedom is just another word for ‘nothing left to lose’.” And it is true; the only way to be free is to lose everything you know to be true, and to awaken the inner child, free of preconceptions and open to all possibilities. We come into this world with a clean slate, free, loving everyone and everything, with wonder and awe for everything around us. As each day goes by, this freedom is taken from us. We are told what to wear, how to talk, how to behave, where to be, and when to be there. And we create a sense of separation; children walk down the street and wave to strangers, ask questions, sing, dance, and play with other children, and ask them to be their friend, without self-consciousness, embarrassment, guilt, or remorse. When an adult does the same, our conditioned reaction is “what is wrong with this person?”

We have been domesticated, trained to think a certain way, told what to believe, and convinced it is all true. We are born pure, then we put on a mask for protection from the world we have been trained into. We then cling to the mask, believe the mask is to be true — and it becomes harder and harder to remove it. But while the mask may make us feel safe, it is destroying us as individuals and as a society. We will never be truly free, never be able to truly love, connect, and live in harmony, until we realize the mask is an illusion and we are finally ready to take the mask off, and face the difficult truth.