Be Courageous and Shine Bright!
- Are my loved ones in Spirit okay?
More recently, one of the topics that has been coming up in many readings is people saying how they are stepping into something new – career, relationship, beliefs, behaviors, and so on – and how the people close to them won’t understand, won’t approve, won’t “get” them, or won’t continue to be in their lives. They are afraid of losing their support system if they choose to follow their heart and their dreams. Even though the thought of holding back and dimming their light is uncomfortable, in some ways it is equally as uncomfortable to leave that nest and cocoon of support that they have had (in some cases for their entire lives).
What I share with them is this: Yes, it may be challenging to leave the comfort zone of the support system you currently have. It may be scary or even bring up grief. It may mean other changes have to occur as a result (the domino effect). It makes me think of the quote by Marianne Williamson, from her book, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”:
“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.”
This is my favorite quote, and so perfectly sums up my belief on this idea. Ultimately, it is both our responsibility to our soul, and part of our reason for coming into this earthly experience: To shine our brightest, regardless of how others may feel, act or respond. People’s reactions and responses are their stuff – NOT ours to take on or internalize.
So go ahead, friends – SHINE YOUR LIGHT. Be bold. Be courageous. Step outside of your comfort zone. For as you shine, you encourage those around you to shine . . . and if there is anything this world needs more of right now, it is people shining their light to guide one another through the darkness. 🙂