Afraid to be Powerful

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”

Young Living Diamond Wynne Elder finished up a video I watched yesterday with the quote above. I love it, because I discovered it at the time I needed it. Don’t you love when that happens?

I’ve been in a stuck period in my Young Living career–still haven’t sold a single starter kit. I’m okay with that now. It’ll happen when it happens. Watching another video, this one by Celeste McLean (another YL Diamond), I realized my “why” is so selfish. I’ve been so desperate to make money to quit my day job that for the past year I’ve been thrashing around to one project or another. Celeste and Wynne helped me understand the point of Young Living is to help others. Sure, we do it by selling them products, but that is so not the thrust of it. These women who are two steps away from the top of the company’s ranking system are still so humble and focused on helping their team.

Society, it seems to be me, has one image of success; super-powerful business people are obnoxious, ready to step on “the little people” to get where they want to go. I won’t pursue that line of thought any farther, but these (mostly) women entrepreneurs are becoming successful by helping people to wellness and supporting them with their knowledge and kindness. Sure, not everyone is that way, but by and large the community of Young Living users and distributors is warm and affirming.

With that kind of support backing me up, I’m going to focus, this month and in the coming year, on relationships and helping people toward wellness. I want to let my light shine and “make manifest the glory of God” within me. If I can help you in any way with your health, wellness or other needs, please let me know!

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