Lighting the Way
by Saundra Berry, C.Ht.
More than twenty years ago, while living in Los Angeles, I was introduced to Marianne Williamson. She spoke every Wednesday night on the Course in Miracles, to standing room only crowds at a local church. From the first time that I heard her speak, I knew that the “world” would know her someday. And now, the world DOES know her. She has touched so many with her work and I consider her to be one of the “enlightened voices” of our time, as she leads us to embrace our own inner light. I am grateful for her work. I often refer to a piece that she wrote in her book, “A Return to Love” called, “Our Deepest Fear”.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually who are we not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
From the first time that I read this in the early nineties I was touched so deeply. It seemed to really speak to my soul, so much so, that I often refer to it when I am working with friends and clients that are struggling with their own self-worth. I have shared it with people of all age groups and from all socioeconomic backgrounds and the response is always the same; Pause, deep thought, smiles, and a knowing and deep sense of love and acceptance that everyone has the right to be seen, to be heard, to be loved, to be appreciated and to just BE who they were really meant to be, without fear.
Throughout most of our lives, we have at one time or another, come in contact with those that we feel we have to dim our own light in order to allow them to shine. Perhaps we have not embraced our own inner light and feel that we are not worthy or that we don’t have gifts to share, so we seemingly fade into the background of our own life.
Dear friends, we are all worthy! We are all unique expressions of the Divine and have been born during this time in order to share our unique selves with others, to let our own light shine. I invite you to think about this; we each possess gifts and talents that are unique to us, and only us. There is no one in the world that is better at being you than YOU! Perhaps you are just awakening to the fact that you are a blessing and a gift to this Universe. Maybe you have been in the shadows of your own life for so long that you are still accepting your own uniqueness. Whatever the case may be, I want to tell you that YOU ARE A GIFT AND A BLESSING to ALL that you come in contact with throughout your life.
Understand, your presence on this Earth is needed in order to bring balance into our world. Take a moment and breathe that into your being, deeply connect with the fact that YOU are an expression of the Divine and YOU are WANTED and NEEDED! I need you, your friends, family, co-workers, children, and those you meet in the elevator, need you! Why? Because YOU are a messenger of light! Allow yourself to embrace that you are here and you do have a purpose! Your ability to step out of the shadows and embrace the light of your soul as part of the cosmic scheme of things needed in order to allow others to shift, heal, and transform their lives, as you are doing the same. We are truly all one. We are all part of the grand design to bring peace, love, understanding, forgiveness, acceptance, honesty, integrity, knowledge, tolerance, and so much more. It is time to let your light shine! It is time to share your gifts with the world! Dear one, IT IS TIME!
As the writing says, “Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.” What I have learned is that we are ALL watching, learning, and growing, as we view someone else living their life with purpose, integrity, and allowing their unique light to shine out into the world. We look to them for leadership and guidance and as the example in which we learn to embrace our own inner light. However, know that you are your own shining example of this and you can lead others to embrace their light as your embrace your own.
No matter where you are on your journey, TODAY is the day that you drop the illusion that you have no purpose, meaning, or gifts to share. TODAY is the day that you embrace your own inner light and allow it to shine brightly upon the world. TODAY is the day that you accept, “It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Sending you ALL, LOVE AND LIGHT!
Many Bright Blessings!
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