There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel unsure around you. 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. 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”
This is a quote from ‘Return to Love’ by Marianne Williamson. You don’t have to be religious to appreciate what she is saying. This is my interpretation of the quote – other people may interpret it differently. I’d love to hear what you think about it.
Sometimes we stop ourselves from reaching our full potential because we are subconsciously afraid of what might happen if we do. We put obstacles in the way, find excuses for delay, don’t take the first step because everything might change if we do. Have you even really thought about what you would like to achieve and if you have, do you believe that it is possible? Or are you sabotaging yourself before you have even begun to plan your journey?
If you don’t achieve your full potential, who are you cheating? As children we’re often taught to be modest but what does that achieve? We should all let our light shine by acknowledging the things we are good at. It is no good ‘hiding your light under a bushel’ – if you’re good at something then let others know and this gives them permission to tell you what they are good at. This way we learn how we can help each other.
Have you noticed how confident people attract other people to them? (Confident, not Arrogant). Their confidence rubs off, they make other people feel important and encourage them to open up. They are giving others permission to shine by shining themselves. They will encourage others in their dreams or inspire them to strive to achieve their potential.
Everyone has it in them to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and/or fabulous. So what are you hiding under a bushel? How can you shine? What do you need to do to move you closer to being that brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous person?
If you shine, you will each allow others to shine. Wouldn’t it be a great world if everyone could shine?