Being Authentic

"The inner child is capable of a spontaneous breakthrough of
emotions, but the Pharisee within represses them.
This is not a question of being an emotional person or a subdued one.

The issue is, Do I express or repress my authentic feelings?

To open yourself to another person, to stop lying about your
loneliness, to stop lying about your fears and hurts,
to be open about your affection,
and to tell others how much they mean to you - this is the
triumph of the child over the Pharisee and the dynamic presence
of the Holy Spirit at work.

Brennan Manning