I was in the presence of several spiritually like minded ladies the other night. As we were talking, a couple of them mentioned that they don't talk openly or say things about their spirituality anywhere else or with anyone else. I found this interesting and kind of sad. I know that one of the women is in her seventies. I'm not sure of the other. I would guess late fifties to early sixties. What struck me was that at these ages, they were still hiding who they were. How sad that after fifty plus years and seventy plus years they didn't feel like they could BE who they truly are...they had to hide their authentic selves. I can't help but wonder what they're afraid of. I wonder if they ever ask themselves, "What is the worst thing that will happen if I reveal myself - if people find out who I truly am?"
I think we all go through this at some point in our lives: hopefully sooner rather than later. I'm not just talking about spirituality, but any part of us that we feel we have to hide. I've found that most people are accepting and interested. They ask questions and sometimes share stories of things they've experienced or gone through. By being open and sharing, you give others the opportunity to do the same.
Nelson Mandela said, "Our deepest fear is not that we're inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us...as we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
Let's live fearlessly. Let's liberate ourselves so we can fearlessly help liberate others.