Do you remember making "bunny ears" and other shadow shapes using light from the sun, the moon or a movie projector when you were a child? Those were simple and fun times.
Children are happy because they don't have a file in their minds called "All the Things That Could Go Wrong.” Unfortunately, many adults minds are filled with "what if's" and those "what if's" are like shadows that kill more dreams than attempts ever do.
The reduction or the absence of light alters and distorts our vision and perception of reality. Our thoughts can be manipulated by shadow images.
The theater group "Attraction" auditioned on the Britain's Got Talent
show and their performance of a shadow love story was extraordinary. LINK
It is not unusual to find ourselves manipulated by "shadows" in the form of misinformation, doubt and fears.
Humans are, by nature, creatures of habit and fear of the unknown can paralyze us. Whether starting at a new school, a new job, a new relationship or relocating, the unknown can be overwhelming much like a shadow bringing distortion. The distortion caused by our fear increases our stress level; thereby, impacting our well-being.
When you find yourself in a situation that appears dark and hopeless, look for the light rather than dwelling in the shadows. Answers won't be found wandering aimlessly in the dark; they are found searching for light and enlightenment.
Every day offers a multitude of opportunities to bring sunshine into the world with a smile, a word of encouragement or an act of kindness. We should not focus on the darkness in the world.
Each one of us can be a ray of light to others so we should see the lack of light and shine our light to lead others out of the shadows. We all have a light within us and amazing things will unfold as we embrace it and allow it to shine.
“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
Let your light shine. Be a source of strength and courage.
Until next month,