There's Nothing Enlightened About Shrinking... | Barbara Alexander

I recently read a quote in Riding Between the Worlds by Linda Kohanov, a past mentor of mine. The quote was from Marianne Williamson’s Our Greatest Fear and it read: “There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.”

The part of this quote that spoke at a deeper level today was: “There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking”… and it occurred to me that there are so many ways we do that shrinky thing.

In the past, when I have opened to a new awareness and a new way of stepping up to my life, I have experienced times of fear (is this the right thing), doubt (can I actually do this, I don’t really understand it all yet), excitement (I love the idea and I can feel my heart calling me in this direction), anticipation (I can almost feel a life for myself that is joyous and overflowing with possibility)…

So, do I close my eyes and jump?

I can remember some of the feelings I have had when I have started on a new journey. Starting something that feels REALLY BIG can also trigger fear and the desire to find comfort.

Some of my most powerful leaps in learning have come from stepping out of my com-fort zone, and into a new place of possibility.

There is something I have come to trust, it is that my deepest learning and greatest growth comes from when I hear and listen to my heart calling me forward.

Now that I have learned how to tune in to the Sacred part of me, it doesn’t feel like a risk anymore because I have come to trust that guidance.

We don’t have all the answers when we are reaching for more in our lives; we wouldn’t be reaching if we did… and reaching is how we grow. This is what we came here to do, we came here to learn and grow, and enjoy our lives in the process.

Our heart is always guiding us to take the steps forward along the way.

Marianne concludes: “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.”

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