Below is one of my favourite quotes from Marianne Williamson (para-phrased
by Nelson Mandella in his inaugural speech in ’94).

“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 all of us. 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.”

There is much chaos in the world, as each projects their own inadequacies
on others. When I project my own ‘stuff’ on the world outside, I am at
risk of behaving self righteous and forget that the world around me is but
a mirror reflection of what I do not wish to SEE in myself. How can I
possibly SEE what I need to change when I’m focusing on the weakness of
another – which I do not recognize as my own weakness. When I am busy
sitting in judgment of others, means I do not have self respect or respect
for others and will not have the Power to change. I give away my Power
through compromising or sacrificing my Value by blaming external
circumstances as I continue to play small. As the ‘numbing down’ of
society spreads like a virus, we each need to take stock and we need to do
it NOW.

Patience does not mean waiting patiently for others to change or for the
‘right time’ for me to change. Using the Power to Judge helps me to weigh
up the cost and benefit of my own thoughts, words and actions. I can
become part of a solution, rather then to continue to contribute to an
ever-increasing societal problem. Natural calamities are increasing at an
alarming rate, as are violence, rage and intolerance. We have been quite
insulated in Australia, but what will you do if an earthquake hit here
tomorrow? Will you be prepared? Or will you blame others? …

Each day I awaken, I give thanks for another chance to change, but even
that is not good enough anymore, how many chances are we going to get
before we get it right? No more ‘trying’, I must ‘do’ my very best. Just
say – I will do it … then DO IT! The world is in darkness and full of
fear, it is time for each of us to use our Courage to step up and claim
our Power. It is time to Co-operate. It is time to play BIG. It is time
to SHINE … it’s not only our responsibility, it’s our RIGHT!!! Don’t wait
till tomorrow, appreciate today – do it NOW! Remember – when I change,
the world changes!!!

Question: What will you do when you know you can not fail?????….

Contemplation: What is stopping you from standing in your own Power, your
own light. What stops you from shining?

Action: Each day upon waking, SEE yourself SHINE. Keep this highest
vision of yourself in front of you. Take action to move towards it. Don’t
say “I’m trying” … say “I’m doing it NOW”

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