Do you allow yourself to really shine? Or do you shrink from the opportunity?
I’m not talking about self-aggrandizement or self-promotion…I’m talking about allowing your authentic inner self (strengths, talents, skills) to radiate out from you, to touch the lives of others, to be expressed fully, and to ripple out into the world.
Nelson Mandela famously said, “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 frightens us. Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.”
So if you are going to live your purpose while you’re here on earth, then you will need to let your light shine! That inner light, that authentic inner you (your internal GPS), is your connection to the divine source from whence you came, and it will unfailingly guide you in living a “purpose-full” life, if you’ll only listen and follow its wisdom.
If your inner knowing calls on you to shine brightly and to do great things, you won’t be able to accomplish that if you’re always worried about what others are thinking. Of course we care about not hurting others’ feelings, but there are ways to be your fullest self AND to care deeply about others at the same time.
I encourage you to stop playing small (in whatever way you still are). For “the divine is present in everyone, in all beings, in everything. Like space, it is everywhere, all-pervading, all-powerful, all-knowing.” (Amma) And that means it is present within YOU.
Give yourself permission to express your inner divinity fully, expansively, wondrously….to be who you truly are, to contribute what you came here to gift humanity with, to touch the lives of those you are destined to help, and to feel the awesome sense of oneness and unity that comes when you are living from your inner greatness.
Play BIG, because playing small isn’t serving you (or anyone else). Be your grandest, biggest, most incredible self. You will truly bless others by doing so.
How have you learned to “play big”? Please share your experiences.