I remember as a child, a favourite thing to play with was the lite-brite. Remember that? Illumined displays of colourful images and patterns you created.
Wow, what fun that was! An early sign of my love for light and creativity. A child's play that honoured my skill of design. What childhood expression have you stopped relating to?
This year my intention is to be open, present and visible as the light, that I AM. Big deep breath!
I am reminded of the amazing quote from Marianne Williamson's book, A Return to Love…
This one passage is filled with wonder and wisdom. Much of my coaching with clients and in my own journey has been uncovering fears of inadequacy and historical narratives of limitation.
This one passage..... blows that out of the water.
"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."
For many years, I've moved through much darkness, often deep inside, cloaked so that I could feed the illusion that no one else could see it. I've come to truly appreciate another message Marianne shares from A Course in Miracles.
Power resides not in bringing the lightness to the dark, rather, in bringing the darkness to the light. I have heard her describe many times a sort of detox process that unfolds as we begin to FULLY step into our work. I have been living this for sure, and this morning I awoke with a twinkling of remembrance of myself as a child and the pure delight of engaging my light bright.
A metaphor encoded with a powerful call back home to shine my light bright. That my continuing to play small, feeding fears (false evidence appearing real) of shining too bright is not serving anyone.
Many experiences flash before my mind's eye of where I have held back, waited patiently for permission, self-silenced or blindly hit the pause button so that I might not step out and into life fully. The fears list having the seeds of inadequacy, like, I don't know enough, who am I to think I have anything of value to offer the world…but underneath all of that chatter lay a deeper fear. A fear that if I were to truly shine my light bright, in the glare of my being, I would not only be seen, but I would be harmed, ridiculed, dismissed and possibly create much damage. The proverbial cat would be out of the bag and I would not recover from the scorched earth that I had a hand in creating. Yikes, a bit of a bind, wouldn't you say?
Where in life are we encouraged and called forth into shining our light-bright?
As a coach, one of my greatest gifts is my brand of inviting clients to embody their light. To open to learning the deeper mysteries of their nature.
Why? So together, we align and move with an open heart, peaceful mind and a joy-filled spirit!
Empowerment becomes a potent, life-affirming, inside-out way of relating to our lives, leadership and service.
In the development world, so much of our focus is on the gap. We're vigilant with our focus on the areas we struggle with, our edges, our spaces and places we feel (and others) we need to get better. Now, don't get me wrong, in my heart I believe we are all here to grow, to evolve and integrate more of ourselves. I believe we come back into physical being again and again by choice to cultivate and co-create with soul congruence.
What if there were doorways to enter that could make this sojourn more fun, more enlivened, more substantial so we know our great capacity to bring forth our gifts to a world that is desperate for them?
For this to occur, I believe we need community. Not any community.
I have a dream of a Women Pioneers who gather as communities of champions.
We coalesce around a basic premise of light. As champions, of ourselves & each other, we celebrate and cheer each other on.
We choose to courageously embody and emanate our light, shining for all to see, irreverent in the call back to dimn-ness.
There is another quote that has drawn me back to the community conversation again and again from Margaret Mead.
"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world, in fact it is the only thing that ever has."
That is a call I am choosing to heed this year. This is not a new call. Rather, one that I am NOW choosing to wrap my arms around fully. In deed this is first and foremost a selfish call, as I know in the coming months as I redesign my life and carve new pathways of service I choose to stand interconnected with others who will challenge me to blaze bright, even in the the face of what can often feel like a cruel and judging world. I choose to co-create communities that champion not only our successes, but also our failures.
I remember hearing many times over the years of my own self development, an invitation to be mindful of the company you keep.
"You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with". John Rohn
I believe now more than ever, we need to cultivate a home base. Inside and Out. There are some who believe we are living in a time of Kali Yuga. Where our focus needs to be on creating good spaces within and without.
To do so requires we take full accountability for our own process of becoming AND to join in conscious connected communities who are up for the ride.
In our work, this time is not intended to create insular systems. Rather,
I feel we're being called to co-create & cultivate systems that invite our gifts to shine, offer a place to rest, to digest, and to re-fuel to emerge back into our worlds, brighter than ever.
If you too have been feeling a call to co-create community that champions your unique light bright pattern, connect with me.
In my work in 2018, beyond my service through personalised coaching with individuals, I'm deeply committed to inviting conscious courageous community with all of my offerings.
Three key questions to consider,
- How bright am I willing to shine in 2018?
- What am I deeply committed to engaging, emanating and animating in 2018?
- How will choosing to co-create community of champions best influence my journey in 2018?
Today, I invite you to authentically champion yourself and another!
I look forward to our 2018 sojourn of illuminating our lights bright on the world!
Finally, as I close this invitation, I want to leave you with wise words from Dorey…Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!!!