Unveiled. The word alone conjures up feelings and ideas of being naked, raw, bare, exposed. Traversing an unveiled path is all that, and more. Revealing yourself to the true nature of you: limitless joy, creative expression and love.
An unveiled path is also controversial, exhilarating, unnerving. If you take this path, you will feel vulnerable at times – maybe all times. Your heart will soar and sometimes break. You will discover more beauty, grace, and possibility than you ever imagined.
This is a courageous path, as it invites you to stop playing along in the name of fear, and to bare the radiance of your soul for you, and for all the world, to experience.
Can you imagine if people did not live in persistent fear, mired in the illusion of scarcity, hiding and pretending we are not magnificent, miraculous beings? Who would you be if you were free of these limitations?
What if greed, loneliness, envy and shame did not consume us, and guide our choices? What if relationships, businesses, communities and countries were infused with joy and love? This is a new kind of power and influence you can have in your life, and in our world. What would you contribute with your joy and love? Would you begin to live it today?
To begin, let’s take a look at this metaphor of veils and how they apply to humankind, and to specifically to you.
Veils distort your perception. They prevent you from seeing yourself and Life as the miraculous experience it truly is. As ‘the veil between heaven and earth’ is said to prevent us from directly experiencing the radiance of the Divine, so to do we each wear veils that cover or distort our own radiance.
Veils exist, or shall we say, the illusion of veils exist, for each of us individually, in our cellular memory, even in our DNA. They also apply to entire collectives: our families, communities, countries, and in every micro and macro possibility. We will shine lights upon the collective nature of veils in later chapters. For now, let’s look at how veils may cover up your radiance, your true nature.
Under veils, your exquisiteness is hidden – often in plain view. Instead of draping sheer fabrics over you’re your head and face like those of a bridal veil, these veils are often internal. They are made up of outdated, misplaced, inaccurate beliefs, compulsions, habits, illusions or lies that you perceive to be real.
You may feel uncomfortable thinking about lies. I assure you there is no need for judgment or blame. Actually, judgment and blame only perpetuate lies. Many lies/veils were agreed upon and lived with for so long – and by so many people that they seem to be true; they seem quite real.
Often veils you donned were agreements with yourself or others throughout your life. Perhaps they fit the circumstances or surroundings at the time. Some veils you adopted from your family, community, society, dogma or a perception of history. You accepted them as the rules of belonging, and let yourself be directed by them. We all did. Then you added to the collection of lies with those you’ve told about yourself, about others, and about life.
You – or your parents, culture or ancestors – may have needed these veils at some point, for protection or through an unconscious commitment, so a veil was put in place. Over the years, more veils were added. Each veil alone may not dim the radiance of your soul, but with layers upon layers, veils prevent you from shining through. Your true nature is hidden within. Veils are internal, draped over a divine and vibrant light that is you.
You learned to see through the veils, not noticing that your vision was distorted. Veils of this sort are pervasive and insistent. And you carry on without realizing how they filter your perceptions of life.
Still, you sense that something is off. Perhaps you don’t feel quite at home in your own skin, or that you don’t belong in your family – with your friends or in your work. You may feel lost, lonely, frustrated, resentful, or even depressed. You may be saying to yourself, “Is this all that life holds for me?” Or like others, you may yearn to experience peace, confidence, or to be more vibrant, courageous or intuitive.
This unrest may be what started you on a spiritual quest, as it was for me. When I was around 11 years old, I read a guidebook on Transcendental Meditation. I didn’t know anyone who meditated, but something about this felt like relief to me. Maybe, I hoped, I can feel better about myself. Maybe, if I learn this, I’ll be a better person and I won’t be so scared to be me. I had no idea I was beginning a decades-long quest to alleviate fear, and avoid feeling my most unbearable of veils: that I was unlovable.
You may recognize veils as:
In an upcoming post, we will explore Removing Your Veils. For now, perhaps you'll continue your own exploration with contemplating veils as they exist or have presented in your life.
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