From Mirasol ED Recovery Guest Blogwriter ~ Pamela Hale
I know that for you it may be even harder than for some people to look in the mirror and see your own beauty. But I think it’s hard for all people. Especially for all women.
We women have been misled about the truth of our beauty. The word is loaded with associations about looking good, pleasing men, and being inauthentic. Those associations are so strong that we tend to look at ourselves and judge only the outside.
In reality, Beauty means the inner, holy essence shining through us, unmistakably beautiful. Don’t we want to walk in that kind of True Beauty?
We can do it when we see a beautiful baby, or a little child who just oozes innocence and pure beauty. The last thing in the world we’d want to do to such a child would be to tell her that she’s inferior, that others look better, that she’s not beautiful. We automatically want the little ones we love to shine and to know their True Beauty.
We are prejudiced against ourselves. Why can’t we treat ourselves, the ones we spend our whole life journey with, at least as well as we would treat someone we barely know?
What prevents us from seeing ourselves as Beautiful and walking the Beauty Path are the veils that dropped in front of our eyes when we took human form. Then, through lifetimes, we weave these veils tighter for understandable reasons–to avoid oppression; to achieve the safety of invisibility; to create ways to survive and protect what we love. We have woven these veils to cover the hurt of our wounds. The veils we have worn have served us well in many ways, and often the ones we’ve woven are quite lovely.
But they are not for these times. We are the ones–here to bring forth our real powers, our Truth, our real Beauty, our wisdom, our healing, our medicine. We cannot afford to have these veiled any longer. We need to see ourselves as we truly are, and step onto the path we are meant to walk. The world needs the sacred feminine energy that only we can bring forth.
Here are three tips for beginning to lift the veil that clouds your vision of your own True Beauty:
1. Focus on your heart. Risk feeling your feelings, knowing you are more than your feelings. Feelings come and go, but the energy in your heart is enduring, eternal, pure.
2. Use your breath to breathe into your heart. Send compassion to the soft, vulnerable places within your heart, thanking that heart for giving you the courage to survive all you’ve survived.
3. Tell your heart it is beautiful. Thank it for being your True Beauty, for holding that True Beauty inside you. Thank it for actually being you, the real you. The you that is Truly Beautiful.
Now, try looking in the mirror. See if you can imagine seeing through your outer layer to what lies within. You can practice this spiritual vision by trying this with others. What do you “see” about others that is invisible to the physical eye? Now try it with yourself.
Seeing your own True Beauty is a matter of life or death if you have an eating disorder. And, it is also a matter of life or death for the planet. If we all could see the inner beauty of everyone and everything that is alive, things would change fast. And we need things to change fast!
So do it for the planet, if that’s easier than doing it for yourself. Or do it for someone you love, who longs for you to recognize what lies within them. And then do it for the one who will be your lifelong companion—the one you were born with and the one you will die with, and the one you will dance with, make love with, cry with and laugh with. That would be yourself—your truly beautiful self.