Don’t Wait for the World to Give You Permission to Shine

“If we wait for the world’s permission to shine, we will never receive it. The ego doesn’t give that permission. Only God does, and God has already done so.”—Marianne Williamson-A Return to Love

For much of my life I felt uncomfortable taking up too much space, talking too much, receiving compliments, taking in people’s appreciation, etc. In the past, I have intentionally turned away from attention and praise and at times, I have dimmed my light for fear of making others feel  less than, uncomfortable, or jealous.

How often do you dim your light so as not to stick out or make others uncomfortable?

Sometimes I’ve even hidden my light behind other people’s lights because it felt more humble, more spiritual, to be behind the scenes, rather than play a starring role in my own life.

Sadly, this has led to my blaming others for circumstances in my life and giving my power away, power that was God given.

Somewhere along the way we get the message that it is more polite to be humble, meaning “invisible,” to not “hog” all the attention, and to not “get too big for our britches.”

Some of us through the world’s teaching, or by our own distorted thinking, came to equate self-love with the tale of Narcissus, self-care with selfishness, and healthy self-esteem with arrogance.

I have come to realize that the light inside of me seeking to be expressed is God.

So, when I dim my light, I am dimming God.

I am dimming the impact of the Divine to speak through me. I am not allowing myself to be a vessel for God’s love and light if I am intentionally putting a kink in the rope so that the Divine cannot flow through me with ease, grace, and power.

Since we are all God, each one a unique imprint of Spirit, we all have the light of God shining through us.

The more we allow our light to shine, the more we are allowing God to shine through us. God beaming God.

Our egos tell us to play small and be safe, while our souls have come to Earth to surf the waves of love, joy, and beauty, and to boldly express the glory of God that is in each and every one of us!


Today I shine my light full on and with full permission.

I stand center stage, starring in my own life.

The Divine is my Director and I am here to be bold, authentic, open-hearted, and courageous.

I turn up my light knowing that as I do, God’s love fills me and draws out the shadows, illuminates the dark, and sparks the fire of love ever brighter in my soul!