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"On some level we are all facing fear - afraid of being seen for who we truly are. Afraid of seeingourselves for who we really are.Afraid of confronting our limiting beliefs, we avoid facing fear by hiding.

In order to prevent our true inner self from being seen, we wear a symbolic or metaphorical mask over our authentic personality in the hope that we will remain hidden.

It is fear which creates the mask, and fear which keeps it in place. The mask is hiding our true and most beautiful self from both ourselves and from the world. In its place is a mask of un-beauty.

In order to find our authentic self we must align ourselves with facing fear by digging down to the deepest, most hidden part of ourselves, that fearful place where we dread what we think is hidden.

When we dig deeply enough into our hidden nature we find not darkness but light–and the realization that our safety lies in actually letting down the mask and being seen–in being our true authentic self.”

(http://www.authentic-self.com/facing-fear.html)