In some circles, the authenticated You is called your Song Self. It is the removal of the personas that, over the years, you have taken on for self-protection and survival – called the Mask Self.
We create masks to cover up our wounds; to deafen the assault on our hearts; to hide from our own epic bigness. If the message we’ve internalized in life so far is that our voices are dangerous, or our emotions overwhelming to others; we will create masks to hide our true, tender selves, in order to survive.
Your masks have served you well; offer them gratitude for bringing you safe so far. But the world needs you to be You, now.
It is time to remove the masks and sing your Song of true identity.
As you begin to shed the masks and reawaken your voice, listen to what it has to tell you. What part of your history has “shut you up?” What does your soul need to release in order to speak clearly in the world again?
From this new place of awareness, you will learn to voice your true self in this world.You will speak up for yourself respectfully and truthfully; you will express yourself authentically and graciously.
Your heart will truly sing.
Suggestions for the work
Seeking your Song is the invitation to investigate where you might have lost resonance within yourself. Ask yourself:
- “Do I believe these thoughts running in my head?”
- “Am I expressing my beliefs as clearly as I could be?”
- “What (or whose!) stories have I allowed to define me; are they true? Are they truly Me?”
Remember, this is a process that can take a lot of time. It requires patience and compassion with yourself, to untangle from the old stories that have dictated your existence thus far.
The masks may have many layers.
Be gentle with yourself. Remember that the voice of Truth speaks only with Love, not with condemnation or shame. If you get overwhelmed by old, ugly stories – stop. Find someone who can help you sort things through.
Below are some ideas of what living in Mask and living in Song can look like.