What price to wear a mask of youth?

January 28, 2011 By: celedra Category: Aging With Grace and Glory

Years ago I wrote my dissertation on “Grandparenting as a Path of Consciousness”.  I was 50 something. Today, I would write it on “Aging as a Path of Consciousness”.    I’m not sure yet what  “aging as a path of consciousness” means exactly, but I am on a journey to find out.

So, I am asking women.  What often comes up when we talk about aging is “do we or don’t we get  some kind of aesthetic enhancement?”.   Are we “conscious” if we don’t and “unconscious” if we do? Certainly we are faced with decisions that didn’t exist for our grandmothers – I almost said ‘superficial’ decisions.  

But it’s a tough call.  If we are living in a society where ageism exists, if we are marginalized, if we are left out of the job market and worse, if we are desperate, what do we do?  What does it take in that moment to go inside, to find within ourselves that deep pool of feminine wisdom, to trust, to sit on our zafus and to remember.

The world of advertising and the world of the patriarchy is doing to women (and men) what has been done to mother earth.  It has raped her of her essence for it’s own use, disregarded her innate beauty, used her for it’s own pleasure.  And what do we have left.  What has happened to the abundance of her natural beauty, her ecosystem, her old growth?

Henry David Thoreau said “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation”.  I fear that this is what is happening to us, afraid that it may happen to me.  I am praying that it won’t; in fact, trusting that it won’t.  Only because I have been blessed to have been on a spiritual path, because I have the grace to have people around me who I love and who love me despite my age, because I am in a profession that doesn’t care how I look.  But still, there is a place of fear inside.  Perhaps it is a fear of disappearing, being devalued because I am old, the fear of being marginalized,  having people be inpatient with me because I may move slower.  And perhaps what is most painful are my memories of my own impatience with my mother – but that’s another story.

So why not wear a mask of youth?  Is it a small price for cultural value or a huge price for a betrayal of a gentle turning within to our essential nature that calls us to the center of our own earth.  Actually, I believe both are possible and would love to hear your thoughts.

Blessings,  Celedra

I became curious about the history of plastic surgery – thought you might enjoy.

•As early as 800 BC, physicians in India were utilizing skin grafts for reconstructive surgery.
• In 1827, Dr. John Peter Mettauer successfully performed the first cleft palate surgery.
• Due to the extensive facial trauma resulting from the First Wold War, reconstructive surgery quickly became a prevalent part of the medical field.
•Due to an intentional expansion of public awareness and the economic boom of the 1980′s, plastic surgery suddenly became more accessible to mainstream America.
•In 2004 more then twelve million cosmetic procedures were performed in the U.S alone.
•The number of plastic surgery procedures performed worldwide has increased an average of 21% per year and continues to grow.
•The most frequently performed nonsurgical procedure was Botox injections and the most popular surgical procedure was breast augmentation.

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5 Comments to “What price to wear a mask of youth?”


  1. “I would love to hear your thoughts”

    Okay, well then…several years ago in some random Internet search, I ran across an entry by a pope in the last century. I think it was Pope Pius something or other. And it stunned me!!! He said, and this is a rough paraphrase…. I have since lost the exact quote a couple of computer crashes ago…. that we were promised physical perfection by the Christ Consciousness, and it is completely okay to want to move towards that. I was really floored by this, and I have since agonized that the exact quote was never to be found again.

    In some of my deepest meditations, I have been led to the realization that my body is so much more energy than it is matter. And that energy is at the effect of consciousness. Mine, acquired and inherited, and the collective.

    If what Bruce Lipton and many other contemporary thinkers and healers also say is true “Your beliefs create your biology”, then our body, our aging and our beauty, is far more under our conscious and/or unconscious control than we ever thought.

    Often, I can take both side of the argument, to alter, or not.

    But one question that often come to mind is

    “If you were cultivating a prize rose bush, would you prune it?”

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  2. “A mask of youth”

    This phase actually reveals a certain bias. But in the past week or so I read somewhere, amidst the avalanche of new information that bombards me every day, that people who feel they look better, and or younger, actually live longer, and are healthier.

    Just a little more food for thought.

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  3. Oh, and I am not saying that the cultivation of one’s beauty and youth should be at the expense of the soul…Not at all.

    Prioritizing with wisdom, and love, still reigns supreme.

    Thank you

    Jivana

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  4. I think that trying to look young is stupid~ everyone is beautiful in there own way without any help.

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