This is one of my favorite quotes from Marianne Williamson.
“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, Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”
The most sacred thing I can do is get out of my own way, which means – watch my mind, acknowledge thoughts rooted in illusionary brain tracks and simply say “That isn’t me. That isn’t who I am”. This sounds so simple and yet is probably the most disciplined action Life will ask of me, and perhaps the most difficult. Brain tracks can be deeply entrenched in our unconsciousness. A willingness to observe and choose is required. Also a willingness to practice until my mind really gets how amazing and joyful living in the light is.
It isn’t necessary to analyze the darkness, though the mind will want to do so. It is only necessary to acknowledge darkness for what it is – ultimately an illusion that appears real – and allow light to inch its way into our daily experience. Slowly, like the sun rising in the east, the light floods your day – or your mind – and you become a light in the world.