PERSONA: The word persona means actor's mask (from personare, "to speak through"). The persona belongs more to consciousness than to the unconscious; it denotes the various masks one wears when relating to the world outside oneself, the social roles we all learn to play. It mediates between one's individuality and the expectations of others. The persona is a necessity, but it should be flexible and adaptable; it is important that the ego does not identify with the persona.
The role that one assumes or displays in public or society; one's public image or personality, as distinguished from the inner self.
If man was created to have a nature, and yet when placed in the Garden he was nature-less, does it not stand to reason that in his defiant choice to become someone (to be like God-to be liked by God) apart from God his creator, that it was inevitable that in acquiring a foreign nature, he now lived with a false but permanent persona.
This persona has been stamped as it were on the DNA of all mankind, until the re-birthing, and even then this false persona can still rule in the life of the believer, unless there is revelation of our union with God the Father, 'He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit'. This is the result of Jesus asking his father, "Father I pray that they will be one as we are one".
Religion has become the only tangible persona mankind has ever known, and to speak of a reality outside this Matrix is to invoke sever displeasure. If there is any truth and validity to what scripture has to say, then lets look at the following.
In a definitive cutting to the marrow of our being, we can see that we 'were' (until the re-birthing), by nature, children of wrath, sons of disobedience, alienated from the Life of God. The cloaking lies of this false nature/persona is all that we have ever known.
Doing a word search I found this and it fits in so well.
"This above all: to thine ownself be true, And it must follow, as the night the day,Thou canst not then be false to any man."Most of us are familiar with the above quote taken from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but how many of us know this verse: "And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou can not then be false to any man." Unless we can be true to ourselves first, we cannot be true to others.To thine own self be true…..how profound.
How many of us have a hard time being true to ourselves? Those of us that gave our life to another at the cost of losing who we are in the process will have a hard time being true to ourselves. Allowing someone else to define who we are, we lose our ability to discover and grow inwardly. We no longer are able to discern a truth from a lie. For many of us, we have accepted lies for so long, that finding out what is true takes time. Having done this very thing, I know how difficult the journey to self-discovery can be.
Truth is also love. The greatest act of love towards another is living a life that is truthful. For those of us who find it difficult to love ourselves, we will find it will come more easily when we walk in truth about who we are. If we walk in truth, we walk in perfect love, and if we walk in perfect love, then we do not walk in fear because perfect love cast out fear. Because we have been honest with ourselves, we are able to love ourselves with all of our imperfections, knowing that we are in "process" and therefore need not have others approval. This is freedom indeed.
I love how David cried out to the Lord in being awakened to the lies that kept him bound to this false persona. I've been out of step with you for a long time, in the wrong since before I was born. What you're after is truth from the inside out. Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.
This new nature is the essence of God; it is not a persona, and the extent to which we allow His nature to be expressed through us as us is what the world is longing to see.
His kisses are sweeter than wine, and they have the power to release us to BE as He is!