by Krista Hurton
The fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast is written from the perspective that life happens “to me”. The beast is outside of me which means it shows me a part of my rejected self. Perhaps I see the beast as ugly, harsh, angry, and unruly, all behaviours that my mind tells me is not me. How could this be me? I don’t appear to look this way, talk this way or behave like the beast, so how could this reflection possibly be me?
What does the beast look like to you?
In order for me to be able to recognize a Beast as a Beast I must have had an experience that led me to form a belief about a Beast, and its opposite, Beauty. The mind in all its brilliant glory allows me to only believe or see one side of this. The safe side.
I will show one OR the other (beauty or beast) wearing this as my mask, unable to understand why I need to wear it in the first place.
The mask is built out of Fear. Fear that my pain underneath will be exposed. I wear the beauty OR the beast as my mask because its ‘safe’ and hide the other because its ‘dangerous’.
If I believe I am the beauty, then I have rejected & projected the reflection of the beast outside me. And now I will try (exhaustingly) to cope and manage that beast until it hopefully “goes away” or I can manage it enough to force the beast to change.
The one option I haven’t considered is how the beast is happening ‘FOR ME’. The opportunity of resolving the separation of Beauty and Beast has presented itself so I can see, know, and embrace my own “beast” within. It’s the only reason I notice the Beast in the first place.
This is my opportunity to look inside myself, through the eyes of the conscious parent (universal self) that has no opinion about the beauty or the beast. We all have the opportunity to stop judging the beast and understand that the beauty and the beast are the same whole concept. They are one and they complete and compliment each other in total wholeness. They are in fact a part of my destiny and in my bucket of lessons for me to resolve in this lifetime.
Every moment holds an opportunity to understand ourselves, and understand that I am neither the top nor the bottom of the iceberg. This playful process allows me to transcend my beliefs and access the one true part of me, my universal self. By showing up in this way for myself, I continually fall deeply in love with all parts of me really, especially the part of myself that was so scared of this beast! My mind was only trying to keep me safe and protect me.
The CLI perspective invites us to understand that at first, I arrive thinking I am the top (Beauty) and NOT the bottom (Beast) of the iceberg. As we grow and our perceptions start to open, we can move into the understanding that I am neither the top nor the bottom of the iceberg. From this perspective I can embrace both sides of my mind with unconditional love, understanding that I have judged these parts of myself and no longer need to. What better way can I be in service to myself?
Perhaps my inner beast is not a beast at all, but my greatest opportunity for creating movement.
Can you fall in love with your Beast and your beauty?
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