Kalin Art & Spirit

Embracing the Man in the Mirror

“I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways
And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself* And Then Make A Change”…Michael Jackson

I had to respond to this message I found online today in honor of Michael Jackson’s birthday~8/28/58
@funnyoneliners  “I just want people to accept me for who I pretend to be.” RT @yoyoha

Thank you yoyoha for being so insightful, and clever!
Everybody who is online has a personnae – scratch that – Everybody has a personnae. It’s just so much easier to present a false self to the public who will never actually know you. A personae is a playful way to interact with others who have their eyes wide shut. A personae is the mask we present to the world as to ‘who we are’.MASKS: we use them in order to fit in. They are good means for us to creatively manifest our imaginations, but they tend to keep us in the dark about ourselves when we start to believe the stories we tell. We instinctively know our positive, more attractive aspects and are happy to play them up so people will think well of us, for example, “Witty, handsome young man seeks…” -but we also intuitively ‘know’ we have shadow sides, the parts we don’t wish to claim and wish would go away!

Many of us would NEVER share those dark secrets with people we feel we need to keep ‘on our side’.

And the sad truth is some of us will never consciously acknowledge our weaknesses to others, let alone ourselves. But I challenge you; what would happen if you did ‘go there’? What do you think you’d find? You might be surprised, upon reflection, to find that your dark side ain’t so dark after all.
What would happen if you did discover the shadow side of the mask of your personnae?
Would you be able to integrate the negative into your overall conception of your self?
Well, I bet you’d find that it isn’t that ugly or terrible after all! Acknowledging your dark side is a healthy practice that shows you the nature of your true humanity…your imperfections are what make you unique. Look inside~ discover that you’re lazy, or boastful, or ?
Whatever it is you find, is probably not as far off base as you thought it was…..
Can you say to yourself “I am lazy, and that’s okay!” “I AM boastful, and that’s okay!”?
*It’s only after we can look into the mirror at our true selves, that we can know our Self in our wholeness- and THAT’S when we can make big changes as to how we interact with the world.When you’re truthful with your Self and compare your vices to others, it’s like singing the blues; you’re going to feel better once you hear just how ‘baaad’ it can be for the other guy.
When you discover your TRUE face, and embrace it, as just another of the multitude parts of your Self, you will discover that the REAL you is much bigger and stronger than the imaginary ‘evil’ or dark side ever was, Luke. When you can see your shadow and say, “So What!” you’ll become empowered to face other, bigger challenges! And that’s when you can decide whether to make a change, or not.

Finding our truth and integrating all our parts is a powerful medicine.

Look into the mirror today and SEE who you see.
I SEE you!
Namaste’
originally posted August 29, 2011

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Posted in Healing and Introspection by kalin on August 19th, 2012 at 11:02 pm.

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