Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Walk In Your Greatness!

I often subscribe to the philosophy that we all have the potential for Greatness. After all we are cut from the same cloth of the most infinite, perfect being in all the universal creations. We are governed by natural and supernatural/spiritual laws and once that combination of Earthly and Heavenly realms join together in harmonious balance, our light will radiate at full optimization.

As I was listening to Common speak at the University of Illinois, September 21 about “shrinking down” so that others may shine or feel comfortable, I felt as if he was talking to me personally. Earlier that day I had the conversation with an intelligent and talented friend, whose electricity was turned off, regarding our greatest gift residing in a state of lack. I explained to her how I was extremely tired at the way she and I shrink and cower down to others for their own comfort ability at the sacrifice of our own. This was the exact story Common was relating in the evening, and I felt the connection of His Story becoming My Story and essentially progressing to Our Story.

During the lecture, Common quoted from Marianne Williamson’s poem Our Deepest fear:

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 and fabulous?
Actually who are we not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't 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 when 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 (A Return to Love)

As I pondered on the fact of that being one of my favorite poems, I though Absolutely! Because I AM Powerful. When operating in fear, you become inadequate because the fear places you in bondage. All the recession, depression, suppression, oppression and every other Im-pressions is nothing more than the chains that bind you from greatness. More times than not it is our very own fear that is used against ourselves to hinder us from achieving ALL That I AM.

Yet as Tyrese Gibson says in his book How to Get Out of Your Own Way he was told by Will Smith you can tell the direction your life and career is going by the five people you spend the most time with. For those family, friends, roommates, partners and children are placed in your presence to show you who you are. They magnify either your Greatness or your Fear.

So in this present moment, the concentration and focus should be that of eliminating fear… right now. The more you shed the chains that bind the shadow side of self, the brighter your light becomes until you reach full luminosity. For it is written only at the moment of greatest darkness that truly the light of self can be seen.
Peace, Love, Bliss

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