“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
A few days ago, I was at my computer scrolling mindlessly through my Facebook feed and procrastinating doing some work on one of my Somedays. Then the above quote came up in a Durga Tree International post, probably in between a recipe for some million calorie dessert and pictures of puppies. I read it and smiled to myself. The Universe always knows when I need a little inspiration. It is one of my most favorite quotes because it reminds me of who I AM and where I need to be going.
Marianne Williamson hit it right on the head when she said that playing small does not serve the world. Or yourself. Every person, at some point in their lives (probably many, many points), argues with his or her greatness and divinity. Who am I to think that I can make a difference? Who am I to think that I can do something great? Who are you not to? Divinity and purity of purpose are your birthright. God/dess, The Universe, Spirit, the Field, etc. didn’t put us in these human bodies for us to sit around watching cat videos. We are here as divine instruments to learn and serve. We may all have a different way of going about it, but the why is the same: we are here to experience life to its fullest. We are not meant to shrink into ourselves so that others won’t be intimidated or insecure. That’s just… silly. We are meant to expand and live joyously.
Some people are said to have an infectious laugh. I want to have an infectious life. Not in a Typhoid-Mary-exposure-will-kill-you sort of way, but in a WOW-look-what-she-is-doing-I-want-to-do-that sort of way. Shine your light so others can see their divinity through their own darkness. Expose their heart to your infectiously joyful way of living and hopefully they will catch something life changing. Because if everyone was infected with the love and joy of living with divine purpose, then our world would be quite a different place. It would be one full of love, divine service, bliss, fulfillment, and probably still a great many cat videos.