Halloween is coming up, and while Halloween is a perfect time to wear a mask and pretend you are someone you are not, the rest of the year isn't.
If you ask yourself, in your heart of hearts, Are you your authentic self with everyone in life?, If you are telling the truth, your answer would likely be NO. If you answer yes I would suggest you look again. We all wear masks in certain areas of our lives.
As human beings we pretend to be OK when we are not, we pretend to know what we are doing at work when we are not necessarily confident about our choices, we say our relationship is great when we no longer have that spark we had long ago. (If these examples do not resonate with you I invite you to look at where you can find moments of being less than your authentic self, whether it's with your dry cleaner, the person who sells you coffee, your mother in law, your children or work mates etc....)
The point is.... pretending is fairly normal in our culture and to be your authentic self takes awareness and discipline.
Being authentic is one access to being unmessablewith.
Something you can do to exercise the authenticity muscle is to look at the areas of life you experience being limited or constrained and ask yourself "What am I pretending in this area? What am I not sharing with people? What have I never said for fear of being judged in this area? "
Simply bringing awareness to these areas can begin to open up a door to taking off the mask and accessing your authentic self.
I say play the authenticity game this Halloween week and see what you discover for yourself.