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Just as the reflects on the water, our masks change with each interaction, but they do not define who we truly are. your roles, but remember to stay true to your inner self.

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Received the Visual Intervention in 2017 – Morro Bay, California.

The Mask of the Sunset

In a coastal village, much like the one in the attached photo, lived a wise elder named Tehya. Tehya often spoke of the masks people wore, likening them to the ever-changing colors of the sunset. One evening, as the villagers gathered to watch the sunset, Tehya shared a story.

“There was once a young man named Kai who felt burdened by the expectations and judgments of others. He wore many masks to please those around him, forgetting his true self. One day, feeling overwhelmed, he sought Tehya's guidance.

Tehya took Kai to the shore at sunset and asked, ‘What do you see?'

Kai replied, ‘I see a beautiful sunset, but it changes so quickly.'

Tehya nodded, ‘Just like the sunset, our masks change depending on our interactions. They can be beautiful and serve a purpose, but we must remember they are not our true selves. Embrace the masks, but do not let them define you.'

Kai watched as the colors shifted, realizing that while the masks he wore could help him navigate the , they were not who he truly was. With Tehya's guidance, he learned to balance the masks he wore with his authentic self, finding and acceptance.”

The Seeker's Reflection

In the same village, there was a young woman named Aria who felt lost and disconnected. She often wondered who she truly was beneath the masks she wore for her family, friends, and community. One evening, she walked to the shore, seeking solace in the sunset's reflection on the water.

As she stood there, an elder named Seraphina approached her and said, ‘The masks you wear are like the waves and the sunset—they are ever-changing but do not define the ocean or the .'

Curious, Aria asked, ‘How do I find my true self beneath these masks?'

Seraphina smiled and replied, ‘By embracing the masks without attachment. Understand their purpose but do not let them control you. Just as the sunset reflects on the water, your true self will shine through when you let go of the fear of judgment and embrace your inner light.'

Aria took Seraphina's words to heart. She spent time reflecting by the shore, learning to appreciate the masks she wore while staying true to her inner self. Over time, she found a balance between her outer roles and her authentic being, feeling more connected and at peace than ever before.”

Exploring the Photograph

The of a person standing by the shore at sunset captures the essence of these parables. The serene setting symbolizes the journey of self-discovery and the quest for . The sunset's reflection on the water represents the masks we wear—beautiful, ever-changing, and reflective of our interactions with the world.

This image invites us to pause and reflect on our own lives. It reminds us that while masks are a part of our human experience, they do not define our true selves. By embracing both the masks and our authentic being, we can find balance, acceptance, and a deeper connection to our inner wisdom.

Applying These Insights

  1. Embrace Your Masks: Understand that the masks you wear in different situations serve a purpose. They help you navigate social interactions and can be tools for effective communication. Acknowledge them without letting them define you.
  2. Reflect on Your True Self: Spend time in reflection, much like watching the sunset by the shore. Use moments of solitude to connect with your inner self, free from the masks you wear for others.
  3. Balance Outer Roles and Inner Being: Learn to balance the roles you play with your authentic self. Appreciate the of the masks while staying grounded in your true identity.
  4. Seek Guidance: Just as the characters in the parables sought wisdom from elders, seek guidance from mentors, guides, or trusted friends. They can offer valuable perspectives on your journey of self-discovery.
  5. Practice Mindfulness: Engage in mindfulness practices, such as meditation or journaling, to become more aware of when and why you wear certain masks. This can help you navigate life with greater authenticity and ease.

By applying these insights to your everyday life, you can cultivate a deeper sense of self-awareness, authenticity, and peace. Embrace the journey of self-discovery, knowing that your true self will shine through when you balance the masks you wear with your inner light.


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