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The Veils We Choose to Wear

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It was pervasive; yet instant and abrupt. I did not want the experience; yet it was all I ever wanted. Due to its non-Divine appearance, I did not know that what I was experiencing was of Divine origin. I would learn, in hindsight, that I was experiencing the most significant transformation of my life. It was confusingly beautiful. I would later become aware that I was shedding my worldly identity - I was experiencing a spiritual awakening.

Let's talk about the shedding of my worldly identity (my identity crisis). Before my awakening, I did not hold rigid beliefs about myself and the world. I was open-minded and curious. I wondered what was true and what was not. I would later become aware that this state of being was the perfect catalyst for a spiritual awakening. However, while I was open-minded and I generally embodied a positive attitude, I would still come to learn, in a surprising way, how much of what I identified myself as was not true.

Earlier in my life, I had not taken people's rigid opinions of me personally. I decided that I would live my life on my own terms; as I did not want to experience regret later in life. This intention has followed me through to this point.

By age 24, I had reached a point where I had firmly embodied a positive way of life (this was not without its ups and downs). I had decided who I was going to be (or who I am), and who I was did not align with the general way of life observed in the society around me.

I am now 27 years of age and it has not been easy to walk my path - set to fire with an intention to do this life my way. The surprising thing, though, is that while I had a clear intention regarding how I was going to approach life (and it was working fine, it felt good to me), I did not truly know myself. I would come to know "her" during my spiritual awakening.

While I was not rigid about what I should or should not do (and I was in no rush), I had goals, and expectations of myself. I knew that I could achieve anything that I set my mind to. I wanted to be good and to do good. Any moment that I thought I had fallen out of line, I would try my best to correct myself. I had not yet learned that while I expected that God had a certain requirement of me based on the image of God portrayed by society; God wants exactly what I want, and God was not criticising my every move. My human side was!

This point of awareness created a huge mental shift! I realised that many of the beliefs and practices adhered to by certain groups are not necessary in God's sight. Many of us go through life conforming to beliefs about the world and ourselves - religious or otherwise. We take on these beliefs as our identity. In choosing our beliefs, we often ignore reality and blind ourselves from what God is showing to us and where God is leading us. If only we realised that laws and standards are different from the truth of God - that the truth of God is an armour of pure love, and regardless of how our actions appear to fellow human beings, if done from a place of pure love, it is well with God. We do not need to conform to standards and beliefs. We simply need to understand the truth.

What our human side typically condemns is not necessarily condemned by God. The direct route to God is inside of us - encouraging us to be our most authentic selves. With rigid beliefs, this narrow way to God's unconditional love can easily be missed - as we might wear masks under the pretext of God.

All this time, God has been gently saying:

☆Remove the mask.

☆Forget the labels - time, age, gender, status, wealth, family dynamics etc., and listen to me.

☆You do not need to feel guilty about doing what you want to do just because society does not generally accept that way of doing things.

☆You do not have to manipulate your way out of situations.

☆You do not have to second-guess everything that you want to say and do.

☆You do not have to embody the identity that your parents want you to take on.

☆You do not have to choose what others want, over what you want.

☆Be your true, authentic self. Also, express your true self to others - for this is where I have placed your gift. This is your place of peace.

☆You have no label, except that which you give to yourself.

☆In my sight, you are pure love, regardless of what you do during this time on Earth.

☆This knowledge supersedes all knowledge.

The paradox is that beliefs can blind us from the truth. Practices tied to beliefs can prevent us from realising the very truth that these practices were developed to guide us to.

The way to the truth regarding anything is a clear, unconditioned mind - free of beliefs!

You simply cannot become aware of what you think you already know. The thought that you already know blocks you from seeking and understanding (if what you think you know isn't the truth).

I observe many situations in which people resist themselves (probably unknowingly) because they have been conditioned to be a version of themselves that is approved of by others - effectively masking God's presence within them, and denying themselves the understanding of God.

I am grateful that I have chosen to remove the mask. And I step forth as an example of the power of God within. I hope to inspire others to follow their inner voice of truth.

Biblical References:

John 3:5-8 (NIV)

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."

Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)

"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: "Love your neighbour as yourself." All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

John 1:17 (NIV)

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Mark 7:8 (NIV)

You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.

Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 8:28 (NIV)

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Matthew 19:29 (NIV)

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

John 7:24 (NIV)

Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.

Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Philippians 4:7 (NIV)

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

John 14:1 (NIV)

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


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