“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.” A Return to Love by Maryann Williamson
Ms. Williamson reminds us that we each have a light to shine. You might think your light is small compared to another person’s but that’s because you are judging your light as inadequate. No one has the same innate gifts; no one is exactly like you. Only you can shine your light the way you are meant to glow. And to get there, that probably means facing your fears and asking yourself, “What’s holding me back? What am I so afraid of?”
When I was in school, I remember being terrified of speaking in front of the class. In December of my 3rd grade year, we moved from Germany to Ft. Hood where daddy was stationed. In January mom enrolled me at Meadows Elementary. Attending a new school was always so uncomfortable for me. I never raised my hand to answer a question or said a word in class or let my light shine. The teacher, Mrs. Block, must have thought that my dad had married a German lady and that I did not know any English. She called my mother, who was born and raised in Texas, and said, “Mrs. Tolliver, I know you just moved from Germany. I would like Dawnie to be put in a remedial English class to help her learn English faster”. You can imagine the confusion my mom felt as she informed Mrs. Block that her daughter spoke English quite well and certainly did not need to be in a remedial class!
I let that fear of speaking in front of people run my life for many years. Even though I wasn’t consciously aware of the innate gifts that lay dormant inside of me, I was tired of holding myself back. I just knew that there was more to life than what I was living and I was ready to find out what it was. First I joined a multi-level marketing company, but it wasn’t a good fit for me. Next I tried a wonderful organization called Toastmasters, which allowed me to face my fear of speaking in a safe environment. And it was where my light started shining more brightly.
What fear or fears are you allowing to run your life? In what ways are you keeping yourself small and not letting your light shine as brightly as you could?
Many people don’t realize that they already have everything inside themselves to get started. For instance, you can Google any topic you’re interested in pursuing, and find out where there’s a meeting. The next step would be to attend the meeting. Then there will probably be someone you sit next to. Introduce yourself, make a new friend and allow your path to shining brighter begin.
You thought you had to move forward by yourself, but you really don’t. Other people are just waiting to assist you, to walk with you, to encourage you on your way. You’ll be amazed at the opportunities that will present themselves once you take that first step on your path to shine your light, to shower the world with your radiance.
Shine Your Light,
Below you will find other ways to connect with me:
February 11, 2020: Book Study: The Dynamic Laws of Healing by Catherine Ponder at 2570 Valley View Lane, Farmer’s Branch. 10:30am-Noon. $10 Love offering. No registration required. If you want to join by Zoom, please leave me a comment.
February 15, 2020: Evolving Speakers Series: “ Love From Diverse Angles”. 10am-Noon. 4801 Spring Valley Road, Suite 113, Dallas. $20 cash or check. No registration required.
February 17, 2020: Cohost of free Divine Master Mind® Zoom Session from 4-5pm.
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February 18, 2020: Book Study: The Dynamic Laws of Healing by Catherine Ponder at 2570 Valley View Lane, Farmer’s Branch. 10:30am-Noon. $10 Love offering. No registration required. If you want to join by Zoom, please leave me a comment.
February 25, 2020: Book Study: The Dynamic Laws of Healing by Catherine Ponder at 2570 Valley View Lane, Farmer’s Branch. 10:30am-Noon. $10 Love offering. No registration required. If you want to join by Zoom, please leave me a comment.
February 29, 2020: Speaking on the topic of “Follow Your Heart To Success” at Dream It, Be It. 14665 Midway, Addison, Tx.