Soren Kierkagaard speaks of the “mummery” of Christianity. I take this to mean the “baggage” in many forms with which we have encumbered the path set forth by You. One form may be exemplified by a mummer who elaborately regales him/herself with eye-catching garments and actions and puts on a show. We are often guilty of doing this for others as well as for You.
As our spirituality grows and evolves we often get caught up in spiritual puffery where we become convinced that certain prayers, actions, and attitudes draw Your attention. There is an immense difference between regaling myself with a demeanor that I think is attractive to You and disrobing myself of that which hinders a disposition of loving You and accepting Your love. We truly end up only fooling ourselves – convincing ourselves by various pious poses – that we are something (like good Christians) that we are not. This game of self-delusion relies on an image concocted by the self. This image is the false self which we strut and parade before others and before You that we might be well thought of. We parade it before ourselves too. We do it so habitually that we end up buying into it. It provides the easily accessible but wrong answer to who and what we are.
To discover who and what we really are all this mummery must be swept away. This takes the silence, stillness, and reflection that seems so difficult to us. Our outer lives may be a well-orchestrated sham to fit what we wish them to be, but what is more important is that our outer lives are affected by our inner lives which struggle to surface. If we have an inner life it is, at least, a start.