Permission To Be Beautiful

I came across this quote from Benedictine nun Macrina Wiederkehr the other day:

“Oh God, help me to believe the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is. Amen.”

Why is it so hard for us to believe that we are, at our core, beautiful, divine creatures? Why do we go through life wearing a collection of masks to make ourselves acceptable to the world and even to ourselves? We think that by covering up what’s on the outside, the part that people see, we can hide what’s inside, the real person who we have determined is not acceptable: not good enough, not smart enough, not strong enough, not capable enough, and definitely not beautiful.

Here’s what I’ve come to understand as I’ve gotten older and, hopefully, a little wiser from experience: when we give ourselves permission to be real, we empower others to do the same. When we drop all of our masks and let the truth of who we are show through, we are beautiful. Oddly enough, when we give ourselves permission to be real, we will be amazed at how beautiful the truth of who we are really is, and we’ll be moved to use that knowledge to help others do the same. We can be the catalysts for bringing more truth and beauty into the world. I think that’s a pretty awesome job to have, don’t you?

This week our writing assignment on the Home Page is going to ask us to start stripping away those awful masks. As always, have fun with this and, remember, just keep writing. Peace and blessings.



6 thoughts on “Permission To Be Beautiful

  1. Intellectually I totally get this. However, our task is to truly embody it and to see beauty as an inside-out phenomena, not the other way around. I remember my younger cousin once telling me, when speaking about herself, that when you are not considered the pretty or beautiful one (physically), you learn to walk through the world in a different way. I was considered the pretty or beautiful one and it’s made it challenging for me to no longer be that physically pretty person as I’ve gotten older. I have a quote up on my piano “Pretty is not a look, it’s a feeling” and it is worth striving for. The mask associated with external beauty is a tough one in many ways. As I get older, hopefully I am wiser, although I admit that as a visual person, I still see how beauty outside of myself, appeals to me. Thanks for the reflection on masks and beauty, Barb. Somehow the two are intertwined for me.

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  2. I love this quote: “When we give ourselves permission to be real, we empower others to do the same.”

    I find this to be so true in marketing. The more vulnerable and real I am, the more ideal clients I attract. It’s wonderful! xoxo

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  3. Hi Barb! I love the idea of bringing more authenticity into the world. Those of us that are conscious beings are in a state of being with the energy of knowing. Trusting the knowing of the heart’s beauty in every creature plays with the development of unconditionally loving! So good!

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