Hiding is an act of freedom, a way of holding ourselves until we are ready to come into the light. Authentic communication brings us to a visceral awareness of our deepest feelings. It is a test of safety and a test of fear.
During the meetings we are invited to tell the truth out loud about what we notice in our own bodies, what we notice about each other, and what we notice going through our minds. Through this direct sharing, we quickly see how habitual unawareness and fear often holds us back, blocking intimacy and connection.
Honesty is not found in revealing the truth, but in understanding how deeply afraid of it we are. Where we cannot go in our mind, our memory, or our body is where we cannot be straight with another, with the world, or with our self.
The fear of loss, in one form or another, is the motivator behind all conscious and unconscious dishonesties: all of us are afraid of loss, in all its forms, all of us, at times, are haunted or overwhelmed by the possibility of a disappearance, and all of us therefore, are one short step away from dishonesty.
Every human being dwells intimately close to a door of revelation they are afraid to pass through. The ability to speak the truth is as much the ability to describe what it is like to stand in trepidation at this door, as it is to actually go through it and become that beautifully honest spiritual warrior, equal to all circumstances, we would like to become.
(Inspired by the work of Carl Rogers and the poetry of David Whyte)