A Spiritual Message for Halloween: Darth Vader and Mask-Unfusion

Vader-dreamstime_xs_26405449It is getting close to October 31 — that day when a lot of us enjoy disguising ourselves with Halloween masks. Mask come from the Latin mascus for “mask” or “character.” They have been used since antiquity for both ceremonial and practical purposes.

One of the best selling Halloween masks of all time is the Darth Vader mask. As you may (or  may not) know, Darth Vader is the chief antagonist in George Lucas’ Star Wars movies. The trilogy depicts Vader as the fearsome cyborg and Sith Lord who leads the brutal Galactic Empire in hunting down the Rebel Alliance. The trilogy prequel depicts him as a slave boy who becomes a heroic Jedi Knight. He then falls to the “dark side” when he betrays the Jedi and destroys the Galactic Republic. In Return of the Jedi, Vader redeems himself by helping to destroy the evil Empire, sacrificing himself in the process.

Much like the prodigal son in the New Testament story, Vader comes to himself and remembers who he is. We believe one of the reasons the Darth Vader mask is a bestseller is its subconscious significance to our own spiritual growth.

Like Vader and the prodigal son, we must come to ourselves. We must realize we are spiritual beings having a human experience. We are Jedi masters who have forgotten we are Jedi masters. We are divine beings who have forgotten we are divine. We are Christ expressing at the point of us who fail to realize we are Christ expressing at the point of us.

DramaMasks-stickUnfortunately, most of us refuse to believe that. And so we manufacture masks to conceal our true identity. We hide behind our human facade to justify our belief in duality and separation. Everyone has masks. These masks are our personas, our personalities, the us that we project to the world.

They are the facades we use to conceal our vulnerabilities, hide our emotions, and protect our insecurities. We hide behind masks of fear, guilt, unworthiness, anger, jealousy, worry, envy, revenge, greed, hatred, anxiety, pride, and suffering.

These are the masks we wear to give our power away. They are the masks we wear when we allow ourselves to be fooled by outer appearances. They are the masks we wear when we accept lack and limitation. They are the masks we wear because we think we deserve to suffer.

They are masks that literally put us in a state of mass confusion. It’s time we take the masks off. If you are wearing a mask of fear, or guilt, or unworthiness, or anger, or jealousy, or worry, or envy, or revenge, or greed, or hatred, or unforgiveness, or anxiety, or pride, or any other kind of self-diminishing mask – we invite you to follow our lead and take your mask off.

Masks come in layers. So peel them off, one-by-one. Give each mask a name as you peel it off: Fear. Envy. Guilt. Unworthiness. Anger. Worry. Regret. Belief in illness. Belief in lack. Belief in the scarcity of money. Belief in the need for hunger, war, violence.

In Matthew 5:14 Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.” But we have covered that light with mass confusion. So let’s transform mass confusion into mask-unfusion.

How to Move From Mass Confusion to MASK-Unfusion!

Here is the secret behind turning Mass Confusion into MASK – Unfusion … the secret to get to the Truth of who you are … and it is an acronym for the word MASK:

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And
Simply
Know

Just think about that statement. We realize it sounds so simplistic — and yet, it really is the answer to eliminating all the confusion in your life. Here’s how it works.

The first thing we need to do is recognize our masks, because you can’t do anything about them until you know they are there. Our masks can be sneaky, kind of subtle and insidious. Sometimes our masks wear masks! For example, a mask of Lack Consciousness can wear a mask of being conservative and economical with our money. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with being conservative and economical — unless it is grounded in a fear of not having enough.

Practical example: In researching a team building activity we use called Desert Survival, we discovered that there have been people lost in the desert who died of dehydration, and still had water in their canteens! The deduction was that they feared running out of water, so they avoided drinking it, then dehydration set in and the effects left them incapable of making wise choices. They had allowed the mask of fear to overtake them!

This is why we want to always check ourselves out, to be sure we aren’t wearing any unhealthy masks. You know when you have one on, because it is extremely uncomfortable. If you are feeling out of sync, unhappy, frustrated, scared, angry, or any feeling that is not the feeling of at-one-ment with your Christ nature, then it’s time to evaluate what mask you’re wearing.

Once you recognize your mask, it’s time to apply the MASK acronym. Take, for example, the mask of martyrdom — being a victim — the ‘why me?” mask.  You all know this one! It’s when we take on the world, and then want to complain about it — or when we believe everything that’s wrong with our lives is someone else’s fault! Our self talk is something like this: “Why me? Why am I the one who always ends up doing this? Why do I always have to be the one to say I’m sorry? How come I never get to relax? When will someone listen to me for a change?”

Practical example: This past week I gave a keynote to a wonderful group of professional women, around the topic of Living at the Speed of Life. One of the things I shared was the need to Rejuvenate — take those moments of time for yourself! After the program, one of the women shared with me that when her mother was in the hospital, dying, one of the last things she said was, “I wish I hadn’t always worried so much about how clean the house was.” The woman shared with me that at that moment, she felt a huge burden lift from her shoulders, as she let go of the need she had always felt to have everything spotless (just like Mom), at the expense of her own personal time, and her family’s sanity. She gave up being a victim!

When you feel that mask of victim beginning to form itself over you, use the MASK acronym: Meditate And Simply Know … that you are in control of your choices, and you can choose to experience joy in everything you do.

fear-3-mimeHow about the mask of fear ? Whenever you are experiencing fear — whether it is fear of meeting a deadline, fear of tackling a new project, fear of lack, fear of illness, fear of looking ridiculous, fear of failing, fear of succeeding — whenever fear is paralyzing you from moving forward, all you have to do — in that moment — is use the MASK acronym: Meditate And Simply Know … that your Consciousness is greater than any fear you may encounter.

How about the mask of unworthiness? You recognize it by the way you treat yourself. You don’t believe you deserve to have more; you are critical of yourself; you negate any compliments you receive; you hold onto jealousies, guilt, and grudges;  You make excuses if something good does happen to you (Oh, I was just really lucky!) And you talk yourself out of anything that could bring you joy, prosperity, or good. If you’re not careful, this one can really consume you ~ so as soon as you feel that mask of unworthiness beginning to form itself over you, use the MASK acronym: Meditate And Simply Know … that you are God expressing at the point of you — and you are worthy.

Halloween is a great time for masks and fun — and there are some situations we find ourselves in where protective masks are very important for our physical well-being. But the Truth is, our Spiritual Beings need no masks! The free-er we are of those human masks, the greater our lights can shine in this world … and the more we can use the Spiritual Laws to experience the abundant life we have been promised!

Whenever you feel a Mask forming — whenever you feel out of sync with the flow of Divine Abundance — whenever you feel you are somehow living separated from the Truth of who you really are … in that moment, stop! Apply the MASK acronym:

Just Meditate (that means take the time to go to Headquarters, relax and breathe into your Oneness with Spirit) … Meditate And Simply Know

  • know that you are in charge of your choices;
  • know that your consciousness is greater than any fear you may encounter;
  • know that you are God expressing at the point of you — and you are worthy!

Meditate and Simply Know … & let your light shine, as you walk the spiritual path on practical feet.

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About Bil and Cher Holton - The Global Center for Spiritual Practices

Combine a flair for the dramatic, a deep understanding of metaphysics combined with the teachings of Jesus, and a zest for neuroscience and Positive Psychology, and you have defined the dynamic duo who are at the heart of The Global Center for Spiritual Practices, a Cyber Home for people who are more spiritual than religious. Revs. Drs. Bil and Cher Holton bring quite a background of experience and depth of knowledge to this special ministry. They are dynamic and thought-provoking speakers, prolific authors, and spiritual teachers. Check them out at http://www.YourSpiritualPractice.com/
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