I’m taking Marianne Williamson’s greatest quote, in my perspective, to the next level with a revolution of bliss. Let’s go deeper than the deep…
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.
Another way to say this? It is our bliss not our despair that frightens us most. No matter how we fight our “bad” circumstances in life, or that we contend with drug addiction, other addictions, clinical depression, mental illness or physical illness, we are more frightened by the bliss we could have if we surrendered to it. Wild, huh?
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
We wonder if we are enough when we are ourselves, and no more. We find ourselves comparing ourselves to others when we have a flicker of a thought called, “Did I do that right?” or “I could’ve done that better” or “Would (insert name) have done that differently/better/smoother/with more grace/bigger/louder/with more verve?” We find all sorts of ways to “add more” to who we are, and we are rarely satisfied with life as it is given to us. Self-deprecation is now an acceptable way of downplaying who we truly are.
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.
I’ll say it again… Self-deprecation is an acceptable, and lauded, way of downplaying who we truly are. You can’t just say how great you are, you have to offset it with a remark against what you think is your egotistical self to make it more palatable for other people. Except, we get so into fearing that our egos will take us over that we forget to simply revel in who we are. We forget that it’s okay to revel in who we are. We’re unsure because we don’t want to look like fools; but what we don’t know is that this is our “shrinking so that other[s] won’t feel insecure.”
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 is in everyone.
The Millennials have their fingers on this pulse. We are constantly evolving and the next generation is always leading the way in the next level of where we want to be as a global consciousness. I see the constant seeking of fame on social media as a means of saying, “Hey, I’m special.” And now, fame is not limited to the few, it is for the many. Who’s trending? Who just went viral? How many ‘likes’ do they/I have? By that same token, we don’t all seek out the same avenues by which to express how special we are (thank God), and this is what makes life such an adventure.
Our bliss is expressed when we each embrace how special and unique we each are. When we make each other wrong for our unique expressions, we go to a negative emotion like cynicism or skepticism or jealousy. Except, we don’t have to. We could revel in the joy of each other.
We don’t do this with everyone, but we could.
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.
As we each express our bliss, others witness and are inspired to take actions to express theirs. It is the evidence of our interconnectedness, and the honor it is to be a part of this world. I am honored to be a part of this world with you.
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