Today an incident happened and I watched people around. I watched the battle of wills and I was amazed at how many people would want you to shrink so as to let them shine. I watched one lady in particular and the way she stood out, despite the fact that we all thought she should tone down a little, she stood firm.
In my mind I thought, why is it that we sometimes hold back? Is it we have always felt that speaking out would break someone’s ego? Or are we not comfortable with speaking our mind? This inspirational piece came to my mind…
This has changed my mind on a lot of things, from today my question is; WHO AM I NOT TO SHINE? I like this particular part that says “There’s nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.”
“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 is not just in some of us; it is 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.”
A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
(Harper Collins, 1992; from Chapter 7, Section 3)