Don’t Play Small


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Have you ever dressed down, or dumbed down to comfort someone around you? Maybe you felt you were too happy, so you toned it down for the person who was in a grumpy mood. Maybe you quit learning to play classical music because someone told you it was too uppity, and you believed them.

Marianne Williamson wrote the passage below. This was read at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration, 1994. Embrace your greatness as you read it. Hold your head high and march forward, liberating and others into the birthright of greatness.

“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.”

When we overcome our fear of greatness, we step into our greatness. Not in the sense of ego, but in the sense of True magnificence. You have every right to be here, just as the stars above. Let your Light shine! Smile! Laugh! Be still, be quiet. Be True. Playing small does not serve the world.

How to Manifest


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Sometimes we fall into the trap of telling God how our manifestation will look in the end. “I’ll meet a single man/woman, who’s a certain age and drives a certain make of car.

Here are three questions to ask yourself:

  • Do I trust God?
  • What do I want in a relationship? (Or whatever you want to manifest)
  • What do I contribute to a relationship? (Or whatever you want to manifest)

Another trap we get pretty close to outlining, but remain vague. “A cute, unconditionally loving blonde who’s happy to see me when I come home, and likes to cuddle in the evenings.” Then, we complain when we’re at home with a golden cocker spaniel in our lap on Friday nights! (cute, unconditionally loving…) Leave the details to God. Stay open,knowing if what you’re heart desires is for your highest good, it’s on its way. It’s God pleasure to please you! The Universe only says, “Yes!” and the happier you are every time It says, “Yes!” The more experiences It will bring you that make you happy – because It’s responding to your energy filed with a “Yes!”

Rather than telling God, I want to work at XYZ, doing ABC, feel the attributes of the company and job you want to experience. Do you want to be respected in your line of work? Do you want to be the one they call when they need a certain job done? Put it all out there—and know that this or something better can come your way. It can happen instantly, and it can take what seems forever.

If you’re consistent with your desire and stating your claim, your good will come your way. It’s up to you to recognize it. The “No” from a top employer in L.A. was hard to take—until I got a job in a like-minded environment in a far more fun, supportive, company culture. During my job search if I’d start to feel sad over not getting “the one” I’d give thanks for not getting it, knowing something even better was on its way—and I could hardly wait to find out what it was! I’d remind myself I was open and receptive to my highest good. This scene has played over and over in several areas of my life. When the dust settles, I’m doing the happy dance! Even if it took me two years to heal a broken heart. . .  Shazam! Oh, it is so worth believing in your dream, yourself, and a power for Good—greater than you.

Go ahead, tell God your plans. Keep some wiggle room for even grander ideas!