In a recent post we discussed a very poignant topic: true and genuine love. We came to the realization that love isn’t something we do; it is something we are—an inexhaustible presence flowing in us, as us and through us into the world around us.
Like humankind, love is a reflection of the divine. It’s a manifestation of true inner beauty, one offering the power to remake the world in its image. Love is fundamental to creation as a means to fuel passion and wonder, and it ultimately serves to create life itself.
It is a sad state of affairs that for many, the inner light of love remains blanketed by fears and feelings of inadequacy. Some prefer to shield their light from the world, having accepted guilt from those who claim that to shine is to be arrogant and vainglorious.
In the interest of humility, they were told, ones talents should remain tacit or hidden. Others believe that to showcase the inner spark invites rejection, ridicule, or at very least the heavy responsibility of success that will surely follow.
Squelching our desires and dreams extinguishes the inner light, and doing so, we deny ourselves and others access to our inner beauty. Our greatest talents remain unfulfilled and unrecognized for what they are—gifts that require nurture and development for the purpose of cultural enrichment.
To that I say, be bold, and dare to shine! There is no glory in holding back; in doing so, you do yourself and the world no favors.
You are the literal embodiment of true potential—perhaps an inspiring writer, five-star chef, magician with numbers, tenacious negotiator, discerning diplomat, or other commendable expression of the effortless genesis that seeks fruition in you, as you and through you, into the world around you.
When you express your own unique brand of love, you affirm the authentic esteem and self-worth within you. You also grant others permission to do the same, by inspiring them to express and develop their own talents and abilities in reflection of your own.
If your inner light has dimmed, do this: Consider and record everything you do well, however impractical, inane, or inconsequential, and find simple ways to apply these talents in your everyday life.
These are your gifts, your contribution to humanity, and you were given them for a purpose. Manufacture the ways and means to use them productively and begin now to share them meaningfully with those you care for.
You may never fully know what impact you have made in their lives, but you can be certain that when you share the gift of who you are, your true inner beauty shines out as a guiding beacon to the world.
My love and light go with you,