“Our deepest fear is that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
We as ourselves: “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?”
Actually, you are not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightening 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’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Nelson Mandela
Such wise words to reflect upon, as spoken by an incredibly wise man.
There is much to be said about fearing our light, more than darkness. Think about it for a moment: how many people get stuck in a rut of darkness and depression? More than should be, that is for certain. On the other hand, how many people shine? Even when we see someone ‘shining’ they are struggling with fear. Quite a complex cunundrum.
For some reason, it is incredibly easy to slide backwards, into a hole of despair. It is also extremely comfortable for some to stay in that state, as well.
Making changes can be uncomfortable, especially changes that bring someone from that darkness, into the light. So many fears, whether unfounded or not, obscure goals and prevent necessary change from ocurring. That fear can completely paralyze a person, and create irreversible consequences.
The consideration to give would be to step outside of that fear and self-evaluate. Is the fear truly justified (e.g. surviving a horrific car accident, and later being afraid to travel in a car), or is it something the mind has created as a blocking mechanism; an impedement that slows, and can ultimately stop someone from leading a normal life?
There are times when it is necessary to seek the advice of a healthcare professional, or therapist. Those are very viable means of learning to control fear, and getting back onto a healthy path. There are other times when it takes a few, dedicated moments, hours, or even days of careful introspection, to solve the puzzle and realize the bigger picture.
For those less ensnared by fear, even little nuisances can create barriers and inhibit progress on more of a minimal scale. Even so, the impact still rings true: preventing the occurance of positive change.
Pesky granules of fear stimy the ability to shine. May seem strange, but even the most talented, brilliant and courageous (yes, courageous) human beings have struggled with fear, in a way that would be best construed by definition of the phrase ‘tortured soul.’
There is a need to face our fears, regardless of size, and learn to work thru them. They are put before us as a learning tool; a way to navigate life, and appreciate the beauty and blessings set before us. Our (seemingly) personal fears can also help others. The amount of light cast from a light source (your soul’s shining light), is still light, and can be built upon. That light serves as a beacon to usher crippled souls to a safe harbor.
Facing fear, and testing your light can be a daunting thought and task, but is an enormous accomplishment, and source of empowerment for others who observe your progress. Facing your fears – and tackling them – is one of the biggest testaments of character that equates to a super-intoxicating and addictive drug for the human soul.
Others who observe the steps you take to evaluate (introspection), tackle (self-process, seek counseling, therapy and/ or medication management), and in turn, shine, will be inspired. Just as Mandela stated, “As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Yes, the short version is; it’s that’s simple.
Allow yourself to say good riddance to the fear-driven, tormented soul, and allow yourself to thrive. Don’t sit in the shadows with the curtains pulled shut tight; open them wide and be you.
Be you; embrace all of your weird, colorful, quirky, silly ways. Employ your unshackled soul with respectful abandon. In turn, your light will help others who have wilted, or struggled in fear-riddled darkness, gain confidence to grow alongside you.
Evaluate. Embrace. Employ. Empower.