The Secrets of Masquerade

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Frederick Dodson

The allure of masked parties or celebrations is that you can be someone else for a while. Put on a mask and the burdens of the everyday-self drop instantly.

People who are anonymous are more likely to be themselves, more honest and if they’re repressed, more brazen.

Most people live more or less repressed lives, so masquerades are fun to them. You can see the effects of anonymity online. Social media is one gigantic masked ball. People who show an online name and avatar in place of their real name and photo are more likely to speak openly but more easily get rude.

A paradox:

Often the everyday-self is a social-mask put on to appease and please, to look well adjusted, to make a good impression, to be accepted. And the masked-self is the unmasked you – how you’d behave if nobody knows who you are.

You can take a large step in your spiritual development if there’s less of a contrast between your public and private self.

Some people use the freedom they grant themselves in a masked ball as a stepping stone to more freedom as their everyday self, without mask.

In rare cases, the freedom of a masquerade goes into a more animal-self, the nether regions of the subconscious. Then one start acts like their actions have no consequence and nobody will ever know. You’ve probably heard the saying “Integrity is doing the right thing even when nobody is watching”. When people think they aren’t being watched, their true state emerges. Why do some people, when they think they are free and anonymous, become abusive? Because they have themselves been abused.

Being masked can save energy. You don’t have to project an image of how you wish to be seen. You don’t need to put effort into making people think you are this or that way. Having conversations with strangers wearing a mask – strangers whose face you will never see – turns it into something hilarious. Nobody is self-censoring. The shadow that a person was hiding is exposed, out in the open, for all to see.

If you can be that way without a mask, then you’ve become authentic. And if you can be that way, without insulting or shocking people, you’ve become not only authentic but also compassionate. A great mix!

If you’ve ever attended a masquerade you’ll have noticed that after some time, the real self of a person radiates through the mask. Because they can’t use their face to project a “role”, it might be more easy to feel who someone really is while their face is covered. Another paradox.

A guy might be wearing the outfit of a lion, but beneath the image of strength there could be a gentle soul. This also has a correlation to everyday-life: We you see a “tough looking dude” with tattoos, a skull on his motorbike, long beard, etc. you often find the softest marshmallow below the armor. And the guy who makes himself look gentle can be hard as steel inside. What you try to hide, is amplified.

I’ve taught that your Identity – who you think you are, your self-definition – has a deeper impact on your reality than your normal thoughts, decisions and actions (see image below). Most people try to make changes in their life through meddling with physical reality. But re-define who you are and all else changes, gradually but surely.

Example: Statistically, doctors hardly ever get sick. Who-they-are determines the reality they experience. Being the source of health, you just don’t get sick. Putting on a white lab coat equals putting on a mask. It creates an energy-field, an aura, that influences your perception and the perception of others.

This can be abused. There have been criminals who don lab coats or police uniforms to get people to trust them.
Such is the power of masks and identities.

A famous musician dresses up as a homeless person with a large bard covering his face and plays his music on the street. Nobody recognizes him as the famous person and hardly anyone puts any money in his hat. But when he dresses up in his musician identity, he gets paid hundreds of thousands per gig. Many such examples, look them up online.

Identities are like vehicles – they are used to create realities you prefer, whether you’re consciously aware of this or not.

The way back to Source is by experiencing yourself as essence, beyond any mask or identity. Who are you when we strip off the lab coat, the uniform, the expectation, the habit, the routine, etc?

Essence is not just some vague spiritual fog floating around, it’s a uniquely imprinted, core-self – who you were originally created as. The qualities of every soul are will and love but beyond that you also have a core personality, atmosphere, vibe that is unlike any other soul.

There are spiritual teachings that say when you let go of all ego-selves, you are “nothing” or “pure light” or “consciousness”. But that’s only half the story. You still have a being-ness that is distinct from others.

Even if you were to become “one with source”, or “one with all” you’d still retain your unique being. A paradox.

In fact, you’re already one with source and are already retaining your unique being. More paradox.

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