When we sand down varnished wood, we reveal it’s true inner beauty, the raw wood, the natural essence. We see what really lies beneath.
The varnish is a chemical veneer, to cover and make it look ‘beautiful’ and protect it. It is artificial and for outward appearance.
If however, we want to enjoy the inner beauty and rawness of the wood, we can use oil to nourish. Of course, you’ll need to nourish the wood regularly, unlike the chemical veneer of the varnish, but the nourished wood will last and remain naturally beautiful. Nourishment versus covering for appearance.
If we want to unlearn our conditioning, remove the veneer that each and every one of us has had put on us, then we need to remove the ‘varnish’ and then nourish ourselves, our spirit, with air, water, earth, silence and food. Wisdom and beauty are within us all and are beneath the varnish and can only come out if regularly nourished by the right ‘oils’ instead of covered with a veneer.