Beauty and truth

Beauty is truth, truth beauty, – that is all

Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know

John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn

For years I worked in schools as an arts educator. I used masks to help high school students in the inner suburbs of Toronto ‘imagine and enact new ways of being in the world’ and ‘get comfortable with being uncomfortable’. The masks had an incredible effect.

By hiding we are safe to reveal ourselves

By hiding behind masks, the students were more free to connect with their authentic sense of play. Play states – where most of our deepest learning takes place – get socialized out of most of us by the time we become adults. By wearing masks, these students could play more freely. They could be more authentic. They could be more ‘truthful’. As such they could be more beautiful

How does your work allow people to be more authentic?

If beauty is truth, and truth is beautiful, how does your work allow people to be more authentic? Do you do an amazing job with eyelashes, providing your clients with just enough of a mask to be more authentic with people? When you give someone a facial treatment, can they access the divine silliness that lives within all of us? How do you help the people you serve be more truthful with themselves and with others? How can you do the same?

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