How many masks have you worn in this lifetime? I think about this quite often. Last year I went to see a counsellor for a number of sessions & one of the things we discussed was my perceived need to wear a mask. Throughout my life I have altered what I present to the world in an attempt to be accepted or to gain approval. My favourite is my "I've got my shit together" mask! I'm still working on letting that one go!
It's been a slow process to come back to myself. To find that authenticity, to be Josie as she's always been deep down. I think my reiki journey triggered my reconnection to self. I'd finished having babies. We'd stopped moving houses. I had time to consider who I was, what brought me joy & how I wanted to show up in the world.
As a kid I would always head to the esoteric section of the bookshop. I was the girl who knew everything about the star signs, I watched the birds & animals, I read all about the Greek & Roman Gods, I made my own tarot cards. But over time I assumed masks that hid all of this away. The 'fun' party girl, the flirt, the manager, the housewife, the mother. I disappeared.
With my reiki healing I realised I don't need permission to be that slightly kooky girl. It's been so freeing to put myself out there in truth. It requires so much less energy! I'm not afraid of people seeing my shadow side, the not so positive traits of me add abit of colour! Owning them takes away their power.
I want you all to get to know & to be, yourselves. To experience the freedom in that. To realise that you do not need external validation. And that by removing your masks it gives those around you permission to let theirs go too.
"I would rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not". Wayne Dyer.