I've been facilitating a group for the last five weeks that focuses on women discovering themselves, so that they can be better people and better partners within relationships. We've been exploring what we are on this earth to do. We've looked at our likes and dislikes. Most importantly we've looked at the roles we play or masks we wear as a result of the expectations of others. We are looking at them, so we can take them off and become more congruent in our lives. A part of the affirmation we say every week is:
"I know me, I like me...I show my true self to the world because I am alright."To show your true self to the world is a really a life long struggle. First, you've got to know you then, you've got to trust you, then you've got to like you, then you've got to trust that other people will like you. Every time you change yourself, you've got to start this process all over again, so that you can live a congruent life.
Here's the distrustful clown mask, I've worn this one before. My lack of trust of people has caused me to act a fool a time or two
This an old European Mask. This look is the ole' "nothing bothers me mask," when underneath there is an eruption waiting to come out.
This one is the "geez, I'm sorry" mask. When really there isn't an ounce of remorse underneath the mask.
Here's the "I'm angry all the time" mask, when it's more like "I'm really hurting under here."