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I believe each one of us has a light inside of us which is the essence of our soul.  This light is connected to the oneness of the universe and All That Is.  When we are born, we are this light.  Over time, however, this light becomes smaller and smaller as we struggle with the weight of the world.  We forget we are powerful, loved, and good enough (see my article on being good enough here: I’m Not Good Enough).

This light can be diminished by challenges or by others…But in the grand scheme of life, we are the ones who diminish our light.  We are responsible for our light shining out into the world–or not.  It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, what challenges you’ve had to face or are still facing–you are a magnificent being.  Some of you just forgot that.

No one and no-thing dims your light without your permission.

In order to shine brightly, you must be aware of those things that you allow to dim your light.  And, it must be your intention to sparkle (shine your light).  For some people, they allow what’s happened to them to define their life.  It becomes their story and over time, their light is but a tiny little flame.  It’s still there, but it’s hidden underneath a victim’s baggage.  Anything victim-y is going to diminish your light (I like to look at challenges as happening for you, not to you–they happen for a reason.  It is your opportunity to figure out what lesson you are supposed to be getting from it.  All challenges, failures, and mistakes are, are learning opportunities in disguise).

You give your power/light away when you blame others or circumstances for the way you think/feel/act.

If you had to give your light a rating from 0 (not shining at all) to 100 (I’m shining and sparkling all over the place!) what would you give it?  Why?  How do you get it back closer to 100?

So, think for a moment:  What dims your light?  Finances, relationships, your health, your job, your childhood…?  Does it matter what that IT is?  I guess I’m not asking here–It doesn’t matter what that IT is–what matters is that your light has dimmed.  You aren’t shining brightly because of your thoughts.  And your thoughts influence your feelings and your attitudes.  All of this can muck up your light if you’re not conscious of it.

How to sparkle on and not let those pesky challenges get in the way of life:

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I have to end this with Marianne Williamson’s quote on shining our light.  I love this!

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