What mask will you wear today? Will it be good cop or bad cop? There is so much with which to play …
Is it a question of minding your P’s & Q’s so as not to upset the in-laws or should that be the out-laws?
Can you trust yourself and just be yourself , no worries? And if someone gets upset then that’s their worry, not yours?
Some folks in countries like North Korea have to really mind what they say even to close associates who could sneak to the authorities and they’d find themselves in a labour camp on minimal rations, or maybe they’re already there. Reminiscent of the witch hunts of the Middle Ages? In such countries you quickly learn from the cradle what kind of mask to wear. You can rise to the heights of power, but if you fall out of favour the fall is even greater to the point of extermination!
In a world where strength lies in difference, it is seen as a threat to those in control who endeavour to make us all the same under an iron fist, sometimes disguised in a velvet glove, to minimise the threat and increase their power of control over others like the rest of us.
In days of yore: A knight entering the lists in full armour apart from the displayed crest or coat of arms is to all intents and purposes disguised and could be anyone, like a champion in his place under the enclosed iron helmet. Of course if the knight chooses to wear a lady’s favour on his arm in the form of a ribbon, kerchief or scarf he gives himself away!
There had to be a further subterfuge when greeting the Monarch or Master of the Lists since it was customary to raise the visor or the whole helm when disguise becomes all important without an obvious mask!
Simple masks such as the top part of the face with eye slits or the bottom half of the face covered by a bandana have been used by highwaymen, bandits and even do-gooders not wishing to reveal their identity, throughout the centuries to disguise themselves when committing their activities, but with the same modus operandi are soon known in the shared stories of their exploits by those suffering or benefitting from their deeds.
Then there was the infamous Ned Kelly and his gang in Australia, in relatively modern times, who resorted to homemade armour including a metal helmet of old as a disguise and protection, but for which he became well known, which did not protect him in his last stand against the police in 1880 and in the November he was eventually hanged.
In more gentle pursuits such as a masked ball the object is to fool the other dancers into believing that you are someone else, from which deception illegal or crossed family lovers’ trysts could develop!
The mask of the Ball has become a Carnival which has been developed into the most elaborately themed costumes, masks, makeup and mobile floats with music and choreographed dances, so much so that the names of certain places have become synonymous with carnival, the likes of Notting Hill and Rio on opposite sides of the world, to name just two which have developed into industries of their own taking a full twelve months in preparation for the full event.
Japanese masks are part of a very old and highly sophisticated and stylized theatrical tradition. Although the roots are in prehistoric myths and cults, they have developed into refined art forms. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
Masks are centuries old traditions in many cultures across the world whose aim in the past and some still today, is to portray images of gods and spirits from the crude carvings in the African continent to the European sophistication of masquerade balls in France and Italy.
Masks and helmets have a modern usage in the protection of the wearer from blood, chemicals, dust, gases and accident with the more robust face cages to protect sportspeople from injury in physical contact and balls of the spherical kind which these days travel in excess of one hundred miles per hour, which could inflict great damage to an unprotected head.
Having touched on so many aspects of the mask I wonder where this is leading us!
For with no special plan, I rely on the finger to tap the keys in the right manner to follow and facilitate me wearing my intuitive writer’s hat and mask for the duration under the title.
Having touched on various aspects of the outer world since all begins within, let us indeed look within to find other masks, maybe missed or forgotten over time or perhaps never consciously known at all: with an appreciation of the many lives we have led and look forward to the one common denominator in them all which is the Soul, the only eternal element that is the Silent Witness to all.
The Soul does not change, only growing in experience, service and purity, but each life it is within wears a different mask without to show the world. Just like in a troupe of players taking the part of say a doctor one week, a clergyman the next, followed by a shepherd and so on. Each mask, each persona different from the last enhancing the experiences of the Soul.
So, the mask you show to the world is one of many worn in the past, the details of which are hidden in the consciousness of the Soul that remembers everything. Hidden because if you knew what had gone on before you might take a different turn in this life rather than starting off with a blank sheet to begin life anew. Hidden because: What would be the point if you were conscious of what had occurred in the remote past? You could be elated, proud or appalled which might alter the course projected by and for the purpose of the Soul in this life.
This is why the Mask matters. It matters that you make the most, the best of all that appears as a challenge, a bonus of good fortune or to reciprocate a love that knows no bounds, just as I have been fortunate to experience in this life. In fact, I am told that I have taken what has been offered throughout many lifetimes to make the very best of every life and hope that you will too at least this time round.
The only opportunity that remains for many of us is to stop beating ourselves over the head for perceived, remembered or current thoughts or actions that do not come up to the higher and higher ideals that we have and continue to set for ourselves.
The answer is forgiveness: not to spend your days on your knees in repentance or remorse, although the right attitude of a penitent does help for a fleeting moment, because you are already forgiven by the Lord Logos through unconditional love, but more importantly to forgive yourself.
I have found the latter the most difficult to achieve since my vivid imagination plays over and over again the same looped tape of my own perceived transgressions when I could have behaved in a better way towards others.
There are some actions which were unconscious like my working in a hospital treating the sick and not realising that I was carrying the bug of tuberculosis which I passed on to my patients who subsequently died at a time when there was no treatment available. I was mortified at the time as I too eventually succumbed to the disease in the Temple Beautiful in ancient Egypt, realising what I had done!
I have carried that guilt through many life times which has left me with a condition not life threatening but nevertheless distressing for me and for others, which will only subside when I can forgive myself for this and other unforeseen consequences of my actions resulting from my healing quest over many centuries. Or, on second thoughts maybe, just maybe it is something which I have to carry for this life and for the benefit of Soul experience. In this life I urge you to take great care, since how you really are will show unmistakably in your face to those who can see!
If you are at all in doubt about your own health, you can approach this scenario through deep meditation when you can strip away all masks leaving you in your present purity of mind and body, healed, ready for your next challenge and wearing the real mask of you today, when you can begin to love yourself unconditionally!
Bringing Light to All, Hanukah & the Angel