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Keeping it Real

 I found this insightful article on the website of The Daily Om. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Taking the Risk: Permission to Be Real by Madisyn Taylor
When we present ourselves to the world without a mask and keep it real, we offer the same opportunity for others to do the same.

Most of us are familiar with the idea of keeping it real and have an intuitive sense about what that means. People who keep it real don’t hide behind a mask to keep themselves safe from their fear of how they might be perceived. They don’t present a false self in order to appear more perfect, more powerful, or more independent. People who keep it real present themselves as they truly are, the good parts and the parts most of us would rather hide, sharing their full selves with the people who are lucky enough to know them.

Being real in this way is not an easy thing to do as we live in a culture that often shows us images of physical and material perfection. As a result, we all want to look younger, thinner, wealthier, and more successful. We are rewarded externally when we succeed at this masquerade, but people who are real remind us that, internally, we suffer. Whenever we feel that who we are is not enough and that we need to be bigger, better, or more exciting, we send a message to ourselves that we are not enough. Meanwhile, people who are not trying to be something more than they are walk into a room and bring a feeling of ease, humor, and warmth with them. They acknowledge their wrinkles and laugh at their personal eccentricities without putting themselves down.

People like this inspire us to let go of our own defenses and relax for a moment in the truth of who we really are. In their presence, we feel safe enough to take off our masks and experience the freedom of not hiding behind a barrier. Those of us who were lucky enough to have a parent who was able to keep it real may find it easier to be that way ourselves. The rest of us may have to work a little harder to let go of our pretenses and share the beauty and humor of our real selves. Our reward for taking such a risk is that as we do, we will attract and inspire others, giving them the permission to be real too.


 “The Laments of Isis and Nephthys.”
Berlin Papyrus 1425

(Taken from “The Wisdom of the East Series” – “The Burden of Isis”)

Invocation of Isis

Come to thy Temple, come to thy Temple, O An!
Come to thy Temple, for thine enemies are not!
Come to thy Temple!
Lo I, thy sister, love thee – do not thou depart from me!
Behold Hunnu, the beautiful one!
Come to thy Temple immediately – come to thy Temple
immediately! Behold thou my heart which grieveth for thee;
Behold me seeking for thee – I am searching for thee
to behold thee!
Lo, I am prevented from beholding thee –
I am prevented from beholding thee, O An!
It is blessed to behold thee – come to the one who loveth thee!
Come to the one who loveth thee, O thou who art beautiful,
Un-Nefer, dead.
Come to thy sister – come to thy wife
Come to thy wife, O thou who makest the heart to rest.
I, thy sister, born of thy mother, go about to every
temple of thine
Yet thou comest not forth to me;
Gods, and men before the face of the gods, are weeping
For thee at the same time, when they behold me!
Lo, I invoke thee with wailing that reacheth high as heaven –
Yet thou hearest not my voice. Lo I, thy sister, I love thee
More than all the Earth –
And thou lovest not another as thou dost thy sister –
Surely thou lovest not another as thou dost thy sister!


An is the moon god form of Osiris.
Hunnu a sun god form of Osiris.
Un-Nefer a title of Osiris.
Osiris is so named because he is the dispenser of benefits, a form of the
Absolute; one Egyptian dogma makes Osiris to be Hes-iri, which would seem
to mean the “seat of Isis.” (Iamblichus, “The Egyptian Mysteries”).