Thursday, June 11, 2009

Playing Big and Letting Your Light Shine

To expand on yesterday's post I wanted to add this quote from a speech by Nelson Mandela. (This speech was actually written by Marianne Williamson, although it is often quoted as being written by Nelson Mandela)

"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, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are 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."

Every time I read it I feel deeply inspired :)

Love and Light to All

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Authenticity and Truth: Playing Big with No Apologies

“To be nobody but yourself--in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else-- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”
- EE Cummings

In the past week or so I have been reflecting on the importance of authenticity, and what that looks like for me in my life. I think back to all the times that I “played small” in my life in order to make other people comfortable. I cringe when I think of all the times I didn’t speak up for myself for fear of rejection or criticism. I feel my stomach start to knot up when I think back to all the times I tried to hide who I was because I believed that the truth of who I was would not be acceptable to others in my life, or would somehow limit the success I could obtain. I extend my deepest compassion towards anyone who has experienced similar feelings.

Luckily, I have transcended many of my own limiting beliefs and moved through those paralyzing self-doubts which were based in fear and illusion. I wrapped my arms around those parts of me that believed I had to hide my truth from the world in order to find acceptance, love, and success, and I have done a lot of work to heal and transform any ideas of unworthiness. In embracing my own truth, and in vowing to be authentic with everyone in my life, I have come to realize that being authentic is the only way to find real acceptance, love, and success.

Being authentic, in my view, is an essential component of spiritual and personal growth. It is also directly related to our sense of self-worth. Our beliefs about worthiness, in turn, directly affect what shows up in our lives. As soon as we believe we are worthy of success, love, and happiness, that is exactly what begins showing up in our lives. When we come to realize the truth about ourselves, and truly contemplate our own divine nature, we are no longer satisfied with playing small…

We realize that in order to be like the Source from which we came, we have no choice but to play big with no apologies. And that requires complete authenticity.

What could you do to express more authenticity as you walk your unique path?

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Blissed Out with Breath of Fire

I have to share this with all of you because it has been so powerful for me.....

This past week I learned a technique for enhancing my connection with the divine realms, and honestly every time I practice I feel completely blissed out and have a tangible experience of "oneness" and complete connection with everyone and everything.

When my mentor and spiritual teacher first showed me the technique last Sunday, and explained how powerful it was, I must say I was a bit skeptical. The breathing technique she showed me is called breath of fire or Shakti breathing, and apparently it is an important component of Kundalini yoga practice. I, (the ego part of me at least), felt kind of silly the first few times I attempted this technique but I must say that the immediate effects blew my mind. Apparently, this breathing technique accelerates your spiritual growth and helps to dissolve karmic knots that we carry on our spines. The first time I tried breath of fire I could actually physically feel popping sensations along my spine and near my heart chakra -- I was amazed. I have tried many other forms of meditation and breathing, and have never experienced anything like what I experience with breath of fire.

Because of this, I have been practicing every day this week, and not only to I feel more connected to the universe and my own intuition, but I have also had amazing access to my dreams. I have been remembering three or more dreams a night, and been able to almost instantly integrate and incorporate their messages and meanings in my life.

There are tons of videos on youtube which give instructions on this technique, (look up breath of fire), and if you are interested I highly encourage that you try it. I would love to hear about your experiences as well if you decide to use this technique to enhance your current spiritual practice.

Blessings of Light and Love to all of you