When is the last time you’ve given yourself permission?
Yes. That is a real question. So I’m going to ask again. When is the last time you’ve given yourself permission? Pause. Really think about it. Come back to reality and continue reading.
After asking yourself this question, pay close attention to the very first thing that comes up as an internal answer. That’s where it gets interesting.
In my experiences, I’ve discovered that it’s not the things outside of ourselves that stops us from living life and doing the things we REALLY want to do and share, but rather the ENTIRE Universe that we have within us that we downplay simply because the acknowledgement of what we’re really capable of is straight up overwhelming. This results in playing small and safe. We get in our own way.
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’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 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’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others. – Nelson Mandela & Marianne Williamson
Although we all, at some point, have read and heard about this quote a million times over, the magnitude of what’s being said may not hit you at first, which proves the point of the whole poem in the first place.
Why do you keep questioning yourself? Why do you second-guess your abilities? Why do you feel like you have to be more of something in order to feel good about being ALL of you, which is already enough? What’s stopping you? What are you waiting for?
The current reality around you is a byproduct of what you allow yourself to feel, experience, and learn. And it doesn’t matter whether your reality is positive or negative, for its all manifested from the same source. YOU.
Sometimes you have to give yourself permission to not think too much, to not worry about what the next day may hold, to not freak out about where the next milestone in life may take you and to not give a damn what other people think.
MOST times, you NEED to give yourself permission to dive in, to make mistakes, to ask stupid questions, to expand your network of friends outside of your country, to TRAVEL to those countries outside of your own, to go ahead and LOVE that person without worrying about how they may feel, to say NO to what no longer serves you or what you no longer feel fulfilled in doing and to live a life that’s completely unconventional yet compliments your desires.
I guess what I’m trying to say is..give yourself permission to be exactly who you are. Give yourself permission to appreciate every single aspect, angle, nook and cranny that makes up your distinctive existence on this planet (Because I can guarantee you that NO one can do what you do, in the way that you do it). Give yourself permission to be better than the person you were yesterday, with room to expand who you’re striving to be.
Allow yourself to FEEL, and stop acting hard all the time. Allow yourself to carve out our own path without even WONDERING what someone else’s path is looking like. Cause it’s none of your business.
While reflecting on this, a video came to mind that one of my favorite mentors, the lovely Namaste Moore, posted recently. She sums it up quite perfectly:
So…what are you waiting for? Let go and live out loud!
Quick disclaimer before I go: If you’re a serial killer, a villain from another dimension, or just plain crazy, you may not want to take my advice. Just speaking for the rest of humanity here.