Awakening :: Week 8
The invitation during this season of awakening in my life was “self-assertion”—to be broken free of what was holding me back from being more truly and fully me and to stand up straight with proper confidence. Marianne Williamson articulates the fears we encounter upon awakening:
“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 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 as 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. (Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles (New York: HarperCollins, 1992), pp. 190-91.)
- In what ways do you identify with or not identify with Williamson’s idea of our deepest fear?
- In what ways have you been playing small?
- In what ways do you long to shine?
- What do you need to help you live into your truest, brightest self?
photo credit :: Lanecia Rouse