“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
I am sure many of you will be familiar with the above quote by Marianne Williamson; it’s so popular that Nelson Mandela used it as part of his inaugural speech. It originated from Williamson’s journey with a course in miracles and this was a summary of some of her reflections.
I, too, have found tremendous inspiration from Williamson’s words.
In fact, I have been inspired by spirit on numerous occasions to include snippets of the quote as part of a motivational address on the platform.
There is something so poignant, so achingly human in the words that grab us by the seat of our pants and which demands to be considered. We relate to the whole piece because we are human and we can identify with the simple yet profound message that weaves its way through so many layers of development and human history. In the end we are reminded that not only can we be healers for each other but we can achieve personal greatness AND we are given a window to explore the Divine aspect of our nature.
So it is that we find ourselves confronting our own magnificence.
For many this whole notion is difficult and uncomfortable as we are not conditioned to be brilliant and wonderful. It is the mediocre that does not serve us well. As part of my role as a facilitator I encourage people to see the immense treasure that they hold, the true value of their being and to recognise that our gift to the world is our light.
Let’s look at the quote more closely and I shall randomly draw a card to mirror the piece.
‘’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’’.
I have come to understand that many struggle with the word power as we tend to associate it with despots and tyrants. Who would want to be seen as that type of a figure? Not too many! Yet, it is like a rite of passage, at some point we have to address our fears in whatever shape or form they may come. Darkness is light waiting to be illuminated. Everything, in the end, must come to light. Transformation moves things from one state into another. Our enlightenment happens as we allow the scales to fall from our eyes so that we can see that we sabotage our power because we don’t know what being in a state of personal power actually looks or feels like. Fear is the coping mechanism that we use to frame our sense of normalcy.
Death teaches us to ride our fears, the winds of change can indeed blow in our favour and rebirth will bring us to a place of a new normal, a new personal power that will support us on our journey into destiny.
‘’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. You’re playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you’’.
8 of CUPS
Playing small really does not serve the world. We are conditioned into not accepting our talents and skills. Our education teaches us that brilliance is just for a small number. There is little point in diluting who we are in order to get along with others. All of this is futile and futility is time, energy, will power and goodness tipped down the drain.
By walking our life path we can come to terms with the powerful sentient being that was born into a place of chaos in order to be a light unto the world and to reveal the mysteries of life and we can all do it. By learning to let go of that which doesn’t serve us, forgiving ourselves of actions that occur from our basest nature, by moving on and taking those steps forward, even though the way ahead is uncertain and cloudy.
When we find the strength to let go and move on we develop fabulous spiritual attributes such as trust, courage, confidence, hope and fortitude. It is these very attributes that will bring success. I see it as a personal responsibility to explore our potential and to be the best person we possibly can be.
‘’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”.
QUEEN of CUPS
It is from seeing the deepest sorrows and desires within ourselves that we can see them in each other. We can have, if we wish a profound attunement to both the spirit world and the physical one. This is more than empathy but is about acting in accordance with higher principles.
When we are in a place of lack it is very often due to a disconnection with the higher principles and it is imperative that we explore what caused the disconnection. I think it is a truth that we do indeed give other people permission to shine their light if we shine ours, it encourages this light as a potent aspect of our being, a light that permeates all corners of existence. We are comforted by the actions of others, we feel less isolated, we become inspired, this is the divine in action. The interdependent nature of humanity that fills in the void, the emptiness, this nature is the stuff of life. As the Queen of Cups teaches us, our grace will lead to our salvation.
Brainstorm your skills and talents. How comfortable was it for you to be conscious of them?
Jot down 7 blessings given to you from other people that inspired you take action in your life.
Draw from your Tarot deck 5 cards, each one mirroring your light back to you. Think big, think broad!
Show compassion to someone who pushes your buttons. Explore ideas about understanding those that are difficult to comprehend.
Self-discovery is a way to connect to the world you live and those you share the world with. Consider your journey of discovery and make a note of that which you have learned that has brought most insight.