How I shine my light

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As my dear friend, Ruth, and I sat at the coffee shop for our weekly Saturday morning sharing, a woman whom I had never met stopped in front of me and said, “You are beautiful.” She reached out and hugged me and asked if she could take a picture of us together. Of course, I smiled and said, “Yes.”

She shared she was from Indonesia and here for the wedding of her daughter. She was so open and engaging that I gave her my card “It’s Never Too Late for Love.” She was thrilled and said, “This is no coincidence you are giving me this as I am 67 and “flirting” with a man. Flirting is new for me and not something I usually do.” We laughed as I encouraged her to follow her heart.

My friend, Ruth, chuckled and said, “This happens to her all the time when people walk by her. They see her light and have to comment and ask to take her picture.”  

For a second, I felt vulnerable, embarrassed, and like I wanted to hide. I don’t think I would have felt embarrassed if I was alone, but having my friend present triggered something in me from my past. The truth is almost daily, people are seeing my light and commenting on my presence, my hat, or the colors I’m wearing.

I know, without a doubt, that what people are seeing is God’s light shining from inside of me. When I allow my light to shine, it gives others permission to shine their light. It’s like it activates their own light and they remember the truth of who they are. When I am aligned with the Divine and walk the walk (and not just talk the talk) with intention and purpose, my light shines and people are drawn to the light for inspiration and hope. Marianne Williamson says, “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.”

I didn’t shine my light for many years because I lived in fear and wanted to please others and protect myself from rejection, loneliness, and judgment. When I don’t shine my light, I close myself off from love and acceptance. I was taught to hide my light so people wouldn’t think I was conceited.

Shining my light is not about being conceited, showing off, or bragging about what I have done. It is about sharing my gifts and talents that only I can share with the world. It is about being authentically ME and allowing my light to radiate as my true essence. Instead of it being conceited to share my light, it’s about being confident and knowing the truth of my being.

As I prayed, meditated, and went deep to explore why I felt embarrassed and wanted to hide when the woman told me I was beautiful, I became aware that the ego’s voice of self-doubt, judgment, unworthiness, not good enough, and comparing was alive and well. I think my ego was threatened by my growth and higher vibration of love and gratitude.

Spirit brought to mind a very painful situation that I experienced in the workplace many years ago. I had a close relationship with another woman therapist that I trusted. We shared our lives and supported one another. Unfortunately, she betrayed me because she was jealous of me and went behind my back to the boss and told lies about me. I almost lost my job until it all came to the light about what she was doing behind my back.

I was surprised when this incident came up as I had forgiven her and didn’t have any ill feelings toward her. I think it came up to show me how and why I didn’t shine my light in the past because I didn’t want to feel pain, rejection, or be judged. There will always be people who are jealous of us and we have no control over that. Unconsciously, I thought if I got too much attention and praise for my light shining, my friends would be jealous and abandon or reject me. This is an old belief that needed to be deleted.

The past is gone, healed, and transformed. I will not allow the past to dim my light.  I am a spark of the Divine and so are you. We are meant to shine our lights in the dark. More than ever, our lights are needed to give others inspiration and hope.

How I shine my light:

·         I smile and look into people’s eyes and connect deeply with their soul

·         I dress in colors that make me happy and joyful

·         I look for opportunities to connect with other souls on the path

·         I remember who I am as a spark of the divine and where I came from

·         I’m authentic and real and share the good, bad, and the ugly

·         I practice being in the present moment and keep my heart open

·         I shine my light simply by BEING the highest and best version of myself

Shining my light means I walk in faith, TRUSTING myself and the Universe that I am always guided and protected as I radiate inner calmness and peace.  It is embracing and celebrating my gifts, talents, and the truth of who I am as a divine being.  It means being a beacon of hope for others by being the truest and highest version of myself. It means being true to myself that I can’t help but inspire others to be true to themselves and shine their lights. KEEP SHINING YOUR BRIGHT LIGHT!

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