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the one thing you must remember about your brilliance

“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”

I know you know this quote by Marianne Williamson but there will be a reason it is crossing your path, through me, and right now. I don’t know what that reason is, of course, only you can say that.

What I can say is that it nails what I’ve been banging up against this week with a couple of different situations where I have struggled to allow myself to really admire the various creative works I am involved in right now.

Today I had a breakthrough in understanding a big chunk of what has been going on for me when this happens.

I was shocked to discover that:

I’ve been too afraid to meet my own magnificence. 

Too terrified to truly receive my brilliance. 

Scared to see my Greatness reflected back to me.

Sound big-headed to you? Arrogant, affected, pompous?

Well now, see, as the rest of the quote continues to say:

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. 

Because here’s the thing – we are all magnificent, we are all gifted and talented, and we all have and are Greatness.

And yet, we so often struggle with seeing and accepting this.

One of the reasons – and the one that hit me this week – is we can find this notion of our own brilliance too intense, too overwhelming to let in.

Ever tried to look directly at the sun and find you can’t, you have to turn away?

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Well for me this week it has been like that.

Not that the sun ever has to look away from itself of course.

It just is brilliance, and it radiates and gifts out that energy.

But for me this week, to look at my gifts and my talents, and have them radiate back to me, has felt so overwhelming that I have truly struggled to fix my gaze on my creations. Like Marianne says:

Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? 

However, whenever we ask this question we truly forget who we really are.

All our lives we have seen the sun and called it a sun, and perceived it as something separate to us.

Yet the same energy that illuminates the sun and expresses out as rays, is the same creative power that flows through each of us, as us.

We are that.

But it takes great self-love, to recognise this. 

It takes great self-love, to therefore see our own magnificence and let ourselves receive our brilliance.

Without that self-love – that remembers who we are, with humility – it can be very confronting to receive our magnificence.

Without love, we look at the world through the eyes of our rejecting self, the self that forgets we are just as much that sun as we are this body suit in which we live.

Without love, we will fear our Greatness, we’ll shy away from it, be terrified to look at it, pretend it isn’t there even, fear ourselves to be big-headed if we acknowledge it, start laying into ourselves with all kinds of negative self-talk and sabotage.

Without love, the light and luminosity of the Greatness we express can feel so intense, it is almost impossible to look at.

So here is the remembering that I want to offer you and me, today and every day, summed up perfectly by Marianne:

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.”

YOU, my dear friend and sunshine, are Great and magnificent and brilliant.

As am I.

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