Self-acceptance and self-expression are at the heart of being spiritual, and they are the key to the purpose of being human; the current PIP implant issues highlight this.
The controversy over breast implants and, today, other "beauty enhancers" such as wrinkle fillers has demonstrated how many thousands of women have felt the need to change the way they look, perhaps to mimic celebrities and to conform to an expectation in their societal niche, but very likely because of a lack of self-belief, a sense that they are not good enough without augmentation. (I am talking here about women and some men who choose to undergo cosmetic surgery not those forced so to do through illness or deformity.)
There is a difference between what is often irreversible surgery based on vanity and making the most of one's body and appearance, whether it be through clothes and make-up or keeping fit, and it is the attitude behind what we do that is important. The first of the Seven Principles which underpin the New Consciousness philosophy is Be Who You Are, which means expressing ourselves and our soul uniquely and independently through our personality, appearance and actions, remembering that our appearance and everything about us was carefully and perfectly designed, before our birth, to give us every opportunity for maximising our human experience.
The essence of being spiritual, our core purpose on Earth, is to enable your soul and mine to express itself openly and visibly in life, and this cannot be done where there is ego, self-doubt or self-dislike. If you are contemplating changing your appearance whether through a haircut, new clothes or botox, you may wish to ask yourself why: if it is to reflect who you feel you are now, that is fantastic; if it is to hide behind a falsehood, to copy a friend or a fad, or to fulfil an emotional need……are you, then, truly expressing your soul?
In the end, however, whatever the reason for what you do in life, whether it be cosmetic surgery or walking barefoot, the choice is yours and is not to be criticised by others. Self-awareness, however, without self-judgment, helps.