This Little Light of Mine
“It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson from “A Return to Love”
“The important thing is to be able at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you could become.” – Charles Dubois
“The only thing that stops us from being our whole, authentic selves is fear. Our fear tells us that we can’t fulfill our dreams. Our fear tells us not to take risks. It stops us from enjoying our richest treasures. Our fear keeps us living in the middle of the spectrum instead of embracing the full range. Fear keeps us numb. It blocks us from the exuberance and excitement of life. Fearful, we create situations in our lives to prove to ourselves that our self-imposed limitations are appropriate. To overcome our fear, we have to face it and replace it with love. Then we can embrace it. And once we can embrace our fear, we can choose not to be afraid anymore. Love allows us to cut that cord.
We fear our own magnitude because it challenges our core beliefs. It contradicts everything we’ve been told. Some of us recognize many of our gifts while others can see only a few, but it’s rare that I meet someone who’s comfortable with the full brilliance of their light. Everyone has different positive traits that he or she has difficulty embracing. Since most of us were told not to be cocky or conceited, we’ve buried some of our most precious gifts. These traits became our light shadow. We carry our light shadow in the same bag with our dark shadow.
You have to acknowledge all of your good qualities and share them with the people in your life. In order to love yourself, you must be able to let your own light shine brightly. You must acknowledge yourself everyday for all of the good that you’ve done. Take an inventory of your life and applaud your accomplishments.” – entire passage excerpted from “The Dark Side of the Light Chasers” by Debbie Ford
This book has one of the most unique themes that I have come across. It is an exercise in “shadow work” which has been around for ages and was studied in depth by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung. It is filled with exercises in every chapter for self-exploration with the goal of helping you to bring all parts of yourself into the light of your consciousness, including your dark side. It’s been a very fascinating process that leaves you with a deep sense of self-acceptance and healing. I didn’t realized I had so many problems until I read this, ha ha, maybe you did. I’ve really enjoyed the book and I think everyone could benefit from it. If you’re not the kind of person to do the exercises at the end of each chapter, then don’t bother because it’s the focus of the entire book and I don’t think you’d get much out of it. Like a lot of things, You’ll have to do the work to get the benefit. – Albert