Friday, October 31, 2008

Wearing Masks

What are the masks you wear?
What are your roles in life?
How does the world see you?
Are you scary or benevolent to others?
Are you powerful or meek?
Are silly or a superhero?
Do you attract people or repel others?
What is the face you put on in public?

We all are in costume, playing dressup, in our daily lives.
Rarely do people display their authentic Love and Essential divinity.
Rarely do people wear their depp and abiding Love on their “sleeve” so all can see.
Rarely do folks take off their external identity and disclose their personal self to others.

First identify what masks you wear and with whom.
Acknowledge whether you provide tricks, treats or ignore others.
Letting go of defenses, masks and costume, roles and responsibilities, who are you really?
What are the real gifts you are here to bring to your family, community and world?

As we forgive ourselves for letting others project onto us and demand that we play their chosen part,
We come to realize that we can release and re-choose what it is we would be and do, say and give.
As we live with authenticity and genuine caring, we share from our hearts and give what we have.
As we give and live honestly, we recognize we are creating a safe place for others to share and give.

Life become a real Treat when we give up the tricky ways of covering, masking, and making up what others seems to want and/or expect us to be. Life then is a revelation of the underlying Goodness, Beauty and Loving Nature of All Creation. We live in appreciation and delight as we discover what lies under the gruff and scary appearances. We enjoy with amazement the inner wisdom of the childish act of those who have worn the costume of needy and dependent. We experience daily the opportunity to call out those who are willing to take off their cover-ups and disclose the True Beauty, Creativity and Grace of their inner soul.

Happy Halloween!
I see and speak to the Real You.
Loving you with all my heart and Soul,
Betty Lue

Halloween originated in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, regarded as "Celtic New Year” The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31 the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an atte
mpt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.

History of name
The term Halloween is shortened from All Hallows' Even, as it is the eve of "All Hallows' Day” which is now also known as All Saints' Day. It was a day of religious festivities in various northern European Pagan traditions until Popes Gregory III and Gregory IV moved the old Christian feast of All Saints' Day from May 13 to November 1. Although All Saints' Day is now considered to occur one day after Hallow
een, the two holidays were, at that time, celebrated on the same day.

From innocence to silliness!