Sometimes we refuse the right to be beautiful, creative, talented, and unique.
Rather than shining our light, we expend enormous amounts of our personal energy trying to hold it in, tone it down, keep it quiet.
We are humble and demure.
We dumb ourselves down at the exact moment when we need to shine.
There are people you encounter who could truly use some of your sunshine. Maybe it’s a smile or a kind word or some other kind of wonderfulness that only you can bring.
This cannot happen if you send your brilliance to the basement every time someone rings your doorbell!
We each had an experience which left us believing our light makes people suffer…
Yes, sometimes, our brilliant and beautiful light illuminated shadows in other people. And they felt the pain of these dark corners in themselves that longed to be healed.
Rather than receiving the message of awakening, they felt the sting of shame. They looked at us and said, “Don’t shine so brightly because when you do, it makes me feel bad.”
But, if we dial down our light in order to step on fewer toes, who are we really serving?
You are HERE to shine bright like a diamond. There is no one who can do this quite like you.
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, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s 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 as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”
About my drawing on this post:
My friend just said, “Robin, I didn’t realize these were your drawings!” I have heard this THREE times this week – so I will take it as a sign I need to shine my own light much more. Remember, shine bright like a diamond, baby! So the little birdie – that’s me! Do you see a Robin’s red breast in the shape of a heart? I have a thing for robins… Another girlfriend sent me the song by Rihanna this week – Diamonds. It’s really good and you should listen to the song – the lyrics will empower you so much – you might be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound afterward!
Thanks so much my friend I hope this supports you and unknown and amazing ways.
Remember: You’re amazing and your life is precious!
Lots of love,