Updated: Jun 1
"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's 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're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
this quote is by Marianne Williamson from her book A Return to Love.
i'm sharing this beautiful quote here because it resonated with me so deeply the first time i heard it many years ago, and still rings very true for me! it points to the struggle that many of us are going through: allowing ourselves to be ourselves.
in order for me to even make this website, i had to shed playing small. i had to shed the "who am i?" programming which sounds like this: "who am i to share this information? to share my truth? who am i to think my opinions and thoughts mean anything? who am i to share beautiful photos of myself" who am i to say i am beautiful" the list, goes on, and on, and on.
the truth is, our souls are extremely vast, expansive and encompass many, many, many (infinite!) qualities.
we have spent our lives creating this personality which is very limited. when we identify with our personalities, many times we are not actually identifying with an organic personality but instead a program. you can think of our brains very much like computers, and yes we can operate programs! we will probably dig deeper into the concept of programs in my membership community,
usually, we are operating from a program without having any idea and we think it's just "who we are"...and these programs encourage to keep playing small and to not branch outside the constrictions of the program.
once we re-program, we are able to allow ourselves to embody more of our souls essence. but it is an ongoing process, as there will still be echoes of the program which sound like familiar and seductive whispers (which is what these "who am I" whispers sounded like). and these may come from the collective consciousness, or other unseen sources.
for me, this is true: we are powerful beyond measure, and that can be really, really scary for an identity construct who has based itself in fitting in with the crowd. as children, playing small became a survival mechanism for most of us.
but this power, and our authentic essence, is what we came here to express. and once you get past the scariness of it, it feels super exciting and expansive.