Are You Meant To Shine?
Have you ever read Marianne Williamson’s quote, Our Deepest Fear?
If you haven’t, here it is (and if you have it’s always worth reading again.
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 you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not 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 is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
The first time I heard this quote I had to sit back & let it absorb. I questioned, was it really true?
Am I really meant to shine?
I was the kid that literally would run away from my family when they would attempt to sing happy birthday to me. I did so much to make sure that I was un-noticed.
Meant to shine? Really?? I’m not sure about that.
Have you ever felt like that?
In the past year I took this quote, turned it into 1st person & said it out loud multiple times daily.
Talk about powerful!
What I started to see even more was that when I allowed myself to shrink from shining I ultimately missed out on connecting with others (who wants to be friends with the person who is standing there with a frown on their face?)
When I allowed myself to shine—to let the light that IS inside of me shine through my connections with others became deeper AND people started telling me that they were feeling the courage to shine as well.
I actually love the phrase “meant to shine” so much so that I recently got a white tattoo on my forearm to remind myself whenever I forget (I know, I know, tattoo’s aren’t the healthiest thing to do….I really love it though…)
As I wrap this up, I want to leave you with an invitation to look at this beautiful quote and write it out into 1st person –replacing the ‘you’ & ‘our’ with ‘I” and ‘my’. Then, read it multiple times each day—morning & night.
You may be surprised by who you become in the process!
I’d love to hear what shining looks like for you and what shifts you notice when you incorporate this into your life—please share in the comments below or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org