Without a Mask

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  • Copyright: 2011-11-16
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Who is behind the mask that we have learnt to wear in order to survive and function in the world? Who are we really, behind familial and social conditioning? If we are free from fear and the preoccupations that in the name of survival justify adaptation? Is it possible to be spontaneous and authentic, or is it just an infantile desire to leave behind us along with our dreams? This book tackles these themes and offers understanding and techniques for recognising our authentic Self, helping us to realise that behind the personality mask there is a mysterious universe, an ocean of potentiality, and that that is our true nature. Then the phrase “know yourself” will no longer just be an indication of philosophers and mystics, but will offer us the concrete possibility to ask the right questions, those that enable us to lift the veil that hides our true face and find peace and fulfilment.

Author Biography

Avikal E. Costantino is a spiritual teacher, poet and martial artist. Curiosity, passion and love for the truth guide his life and teaching. He is director of the Integral Being Institute.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 3
Personality:Prison And Protection
The Great Betrayalp. 8
When did you stop being yourself?p. 8
How did we arrive at the great betrayal?p. 10
Adapting to survivep. 11
Why do I need a personality?p. 12
Self-Image and The Image of Our Worldp. 18
The sense of Self is not born with usp. 18
Sense of identity and self-imagep. 19
We identify ourselves with limitationsp. 20
Freeedom And Responsibility
Remember Yourselfp. 26
Recalling is remembrancep. 27
The glue that holds us togetherp. 29
The movement of attachmentp. 30
Dissolving the attachment to personal historyp. 31
Recapitulating our personal historyp. 33
What is meant by conscious visualisation?p. 33
What is ?letting go?? And why do it?p. 35
Beyond The Contract of Mediocrityp. 38
Individualism and individualityp. 39
External approval and intrinsic valuep. 41
Reaction and responsep. 44
Resistance and Acceptancep. 46
Scarcity and abundancep. 49
In praise of rebellionp. 51
Telling The Truth To Yourself And Othersp. 77
Where am I?p. 78
The next step: I expose myselfp. 80
Conscious evolutionp. 81
Recognising Relative Truthp. 53
Always and neverp. 53
The need for certaintyp. 53
Beyond the conflictp. 55
Towards Your Authentic Self
Radical Compassion is Creative Actionp. 60
Right understandingp. 60
In search of the lost heartp. 62
Creating reality with the kindness of lovep. 65
Practicing presencep. 66
Defending yourself from the judgep. 67
Hunting for truthp. 68
Some Techniques That Will Support You On Your Journeyp. 69
The world is a descriptionp. 69
If I say yes to myself...p. 70
Turn your back to suffering: Understanding Dukkhap. 71
Tonglenp. 74
Putting yourself in another?s shoesp. 75
In Search Of ?Authenticity?: Intention And Opennessp. 85
Intentionp. 86
Opennessp. 88
The promise that is impossible to keepp. 89
The Paradox Of Selfp. 93
Ah! Behind the mask, the mysteryp. 94
Choice-less awarenessp. 96
Being is not being, not being is beingp. 96
Stories Of True Self
Behind the fire of jealousy, by Rafia Morganp. 106
And every time I laugh about it, by Anna Zanardip. 109
From There to Here, by Ganga Cordingp. 111
Self, by Jayananda Maurizio Costantinop. 119
Relax don?t do it, By Shanasa van Raamsdonkp. 124
In Service to the Movements of Being, by Attilio Piazzap. 128
Out of the carousel, By Rani Willemsp. 132
A light onto myself, by Kapil Nino Pilerip. 134
My experience of getting to my true self, by Mark Gleesonp. 138
Through the mirror, by Kya Ida Panicellip. 143
Catharsis, Meditation And Evolutionary Thrustp. 148
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