“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.” – Marianne Williamson
This quote, to me, never gets old.
I’ve had to pull it out of the Google at least twice this week for clients.
I should have it duck taped to [read: framed on] the wall somewhere. I too could benefit from a daily dose of Marianne Williamson’s karate chop of spiritual activism.
Time and time again, I hear from clients, and I see it in my own life, this concept of self sabotage. Mastin Kipp was talking about it the other day in The Daily Love. I like the way he encouraged us to shift our thinking from self sabotage to self protection.
Our ego likes to play it safe, it prefers routine, and all things of the mundane variety. It’s job is to keep us safe. And safe is what we know, no matter how miserable what we know may feel.
Anything on the other side of that is uber uncomfortable and therefore super scary, hence the need for sub-conscious self protection.
It’s when we catch ourselves in the act, though, when we can make the biggest strides.
Nope! Not today you don’t. It’s kinda like closing your eyes, holding your ears: “La, la, la, la, la … I can’t hear you!”
To stand up to our inner bully/nagging roommate and tell him/her to chill the eff out, that’s when we can make moves. Even baby steps have forward motion. And that’s all we need for momentum.
Eventually you’ll be able to make friends with the inner roommate and see him for what he is, a softy just trying to look out for you, albeit a shitty way of going about it.
In the meantime, you may have to bully him back a bit with your own version of Marianne Williamson’s mantra: Who am I NOT to be, mother%^&er?
I leave you with this: Get em, girl!
kat hurley is a transformational author, speaker and personal development coach, making over motivation @The Year of Magical Dreaming. For the full 411, visit kathurley.com, yo!