02 November 2010

All Saints

With all the strange and sometimes chaotic events manifesting in the world recently (and I'm not referring to Halloween) - riots in Lyon, flooding, letter bombs, mid-term elections in the U.S. - one could easily get caught up in an endless sea of fear and feelings of being a victim.

But no one says we have to.

Last month a friend sent me a quote from Marianne Williamson's 1992 book A Return to Love (page 191). Each time I read it, I remember that I have a choice, lofty - and impossible - as it may seem, to feel differently.

"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, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are 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."

If you gave yourself the choice today, right now, to shine, what would happen?

And finally...what are you waiting for?

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