“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, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”.
Somewhere along the line we have fallen victim to the notion that we can’t—we can’t be big, we can’t stand tall, we can’t have our heart’s desires. We have dimmed our own light in an effort to accommodate our loved ones, society in general, or those ever-illusive shoulds of life.
It’s time to be something different. It’s time to let our own light shine. It’s time to stand up to our biggest challenges and to acknowledge our fears and our uncertainties about who we truly are. It’s time to deal with it and move on.
I believe that every person carries an image of themselves, a personal magnetic template, in the fourth chakra, the heart center. This template is a miniaturized version of the way we see ourselves and the beliefs we hold about our world. If we see ourselves as fat, then the template registers “fat” and magnetizes to us experiences, events, and people that are on the same frequency as fat. Like attracts like. If we believe that people are kind, the template registers that belief and brings kinder people and events into our lives. If you say, “Ugh, it’s a horrible day, and I hate my job,” then it registers unhappiness, anger, or whatever emotion is attached to those thoughts.
The picture of how you view yourself is built around the stories or beliefs you hold about your place in the world. Most often, beliefs form in our subconscious mind. We have been “programmed” by our family, television, advertising, and friends. A story is implanted in a person’s psyche about how life should be and what is supposed to happen, and we buy into that story. We believe.
For example, our society is obsessed with how women look. Skinny, young, curvy, sexy. All of these thought-forms have banded together and are very powerful. The Western world vibrates at a frequency of young and beautiful. If we are unconscious, we can fall into accepting those vibrations, that story, as our own. We soon “believe” that to be beautiful you must be thin and sexy. Because this is our subconscious belief, we act accordingly. We buy products, we diet, and we wear certain clothes—all because of our belief that thin is beautiful. Really?
By becoming conscious to this underlying belief, it can be questioned. We can decide if we really believe that thin is the only beautiful. That is questioning a belief. Consciously.
As we unravel this belief, we change the vibration, the frequency, of our thoughts. We are no longer drawing to us, without question, thoughts of “I must be thin. I’m too fat. Life is horrible because I am not a size 2.” If we consciously change our belief, we attract new thoughts, new vibrations, to our space causing our personal magnetic template to vibrate at a new frequency, attracting like- minded frequencies back to us. We start to think different thoughts. We verbalize different statements, we act differently; we are different.
This is changing a belief consciously. As you remove this old programming of who you think you should be and what you think you should do, you are coming into alignment with your own true wisdom. Your new beliefs will send ripples of newness throughout your aura. Your thoughts will be different, your feelings will be different, and the actions you take in the world will also be new and different. You will come closer and closer to being a vibrational match with your Highest and Best Self.
This, I believe, is one of our biggest life challenges. To stand tall, to accept who we are, to love all parts of ourselves, as we gaze in the mirror with love.
Look in the mirror; do you like what you see?