A Naked Truth

There is a sense of freedom that comes with being authentic. You are comfortable in your nakedness and less attached to other people’s opinions of who you are. Who are you without your stories, your labels and props? What lies beneath the surface of your perfect or imperfect body? Beyond your personal qualities, the roles that you play, your skills and abilities, your work, your business, your money, your qualifications and achievements, your youth, middle age or older age, your problems, your fears, your pain and misery, your joy, your choices and agendas, your health, your memories, dreams, hopes and wishes, who on earth are you?

Just for a moment, remove the labels and throw away the stories. Get rid of the props. Stand up straight without them. Take them all off in the same way you would remove garments that are too tight, too hot or too heavy to wear any more. Take off these items that restrict your freedom. One by one, put them to the side for a moment.  Drop them to the floor. Stand naked, outside of these things.  Find a mirror. Look at yourself. What do you see?

It’s a spiritual quest to be authentic, to be real, and the Psychpop publishing industry and their marketing machines are on to it. The problem is that very few are prepared to lose their labels. You don’t have to do it in front of anyone, but despite what you might think, many people seem to prefer an audience. The popularity of a willingness to constantly share personal information on social media platforms such as Facebook, Archetype Me, Pinterest and Instagram suggest that many people not only like an audience, but equate the number of “likes” they receive as a reinforcement or rejection of their sense of self and who they are. There are plenty of groups in real life to meet this need too, and complete with a variety of props, they are happy to watch you get naked. They will strip off with you too, if you like. You can do it in a tent full of steam on a plain in the desert. You can do it on a mountain. You can do it in a tree. You can do it in cave. You can even do it at a beach resort in a third world country on your annual holidays. You can use sticks and stones, earth, wind, and water while you chant around the fire. You can whisper to horses and they will whisper back with instructions about how to expose the real you.  You can have your gluten free and lactose reduced cake, and you can eat it too, as you striptease your way down to nothing in and effort to reveal the real you. Anything and everything can be used to get you naked if it has been blessed by one of the many large or small, but official Psychpop celebrity gurus.

The downside to doing it in a group with props is that when you go back to work or home to your kids, you can’t bring the group with you. You have to do the naked thing on your own with a handful of portable props. If you can’t do it on your own, then you have to go back to the group and their props for regular top ups. This is what marketing is all about: Getting you to come back. The Psychopop industry, led by major publishing companies and their sales representatives, those good looking, smooth skinned celebrity authors, are just as guilty as those involved in traditional forms of medicine when it comes to generating repeat business.  They rely on your inability to get naked and stay naked. They need you to hold onto all the labels and stories and as much stuff as you can and they will sell you more if you need it. Their financial abundance depends on your ability to believe that you need another prop or group or both. This is why they sell you ways to create abundance. They need you to have enough money to spend on their stuff. It keeps them in business and the lifestyle to which they are very well accustomed. 

The psychological concept known as projection suggests that everyone you meet is your mirror. If this is so, then it means that human beings have the opportunity to spend their entire lives experiencing a reflection of themselves in others. Every day you are looking at those who refuse to remove their clothes. There are those who take off one lot of stuff and replace it with something else, and then there are those rare people who dare to strip completely naked, and of those, a few are courageous enough to stay that way. Every day and every situation is an opportunity to learn something new about you through others. And you don’t have to spend a cent.

You can go anywhere you want and use anything you need, but all you are doing is picking up everything that you dropped on floor beside you and putting it back on again when you remain attached to your props, labels and stories. You have so much stuff on it’s weighing you down to a standstill. You are not supposed to walk around naked all the time either. That would render you vulnerable to others when you don’t need to be. Your attachment to these props, labels and stories is getting in the way of your ability to be authentic. It costs you too much time, energy, space and money. You have been hoarding too much stuff. Lose the attachment to your labels and you will expose the real, authentic you. This will be enough to set you free. 

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About gailgoodwin

As an author, trainer and mentor, my purpose is to inspire vision, creativity and productivity in the business of life and the life of your business.
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