The problem is, of course, that a lot stands in the way of our being able to fully experience our true selves. Both our capacity to love and our capacity to receive love can become distorted. How does this self that longs to love and be loved get so lost? How is it that we find ourselves competing with each other rather than cooperating in love? How is it that we feel insecure and spend so much energy trying to prove ourselves, instead of knowing we are loved? How does it happen that we work to feel superior to each other rather than give ourselves in love and joy to each other? What happens to the true self? Fear and Shame. We are no longer "naked and unashamed" Pain and brokenness have led to hiding, blaming and defensiveness....Only the healer of our soul can restore us to health and maturity.