These words from one of my spiritual mentors, Marianne Williamson, have occupied my altar for the last decade or so, and it is only now that I am ready to hear. “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. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you."
This has certainly been true for me, this “playing small so other people won’t feel insecure around me”.
It's a false belief that can feel so true, and at times, can unconsciously drive me to grab for chocolate instead of a salad.
It is only upon reflection that I can connect to a deeper Truth, calling from Beyond. At first glance, it comes in the form of fear. After burning some sage, and turning my attention inward, there is only the sound of my breath from deep inside my diaphragm. This steady rhythm of movement is what erases my resistance, and leaves me with acceptance; a crucial piece that opens up the door to my freedom.
I always tell people who want to make changes to their diet, or to their life is to "start from where you are". One of the biggest Blessings of being a Health Coach is that I get to be the student of my own teachings! Starting from where I am means I don't get to start from where I want to be (dammit, really), Ultimately, this acceptance of what IS, and not how I wish things to be gives me the ability to let go of what isn't true, and hear what is calling from Beyond. This is where I find the gratitude to serve in the way I am meant to.
We have all been Created with a unique purpose to offer this often broken, and beautiful world. I am convinced, that the more we let go of our fear, and offer our purpose to others, the more we are filled, and the more others are healed. The more I let go and lean into my fear, the more I am met with a Joy I never expected.
To be Spiritually awake means I cannot ignore what is calling from Beyond, no matter how much I want to. My Spiritual health depends on honoring my quiet time, telling the truth to my community of friends, and allowing them to love me. From that place, starting from where I am is rooted in love, instead of fear.
What is calling to you from Beyond?