We often hear about how developing our own light makes us a beacon for others on the path. We have a vision, dream, or goal in mind that we are working towards. We feel in flow and alive with purpose. And then suddenly we enter a challenging period causing us to become uncertain and discouraged. A plan falls through, what we thought was a yes is suddenly a no and we wonder if, perhaps, we had it wrong all along. We feel our light has dimmed, or that because of all that we are struggling with, our light is no longer even needed. These moments of self-doubt can whisper to us that there is no way we can operate as a light for others when we can’t even see our own path.
It is times like these that I am reminded of how important it is to get still, as it is in the stillness I remember what my true vision is. To tap into a profound moment in my life when I KNEW on a deep fundamental level that there is something greater than me. To remind me in my frustration and pain that there will always be more work for me to do, that I matter, and how NO ONE can bring my unique aspect of light to the world. And even though I didn’t know at the time what the next chapter of my life would look like, I knew that if I stayed true to my vision, I could create the life I desired.
I remember times in my strict religious upbringing when scriptures from the bible were read to me over and over talking about if we only have faith the size of a mustard seed, we could move mountains. And, while I no longer subscribe to the religious beliefs of my youth, I absolutely know that without faith, and without help from Spirit, I would have no light at all.
Just as the moon cannot shine without the direct brilliance of the sun, the light that I carry is a reflection of Spirit. When I recall this, I lose my self-doubt. My work is to keep my faith alive and remember that if I want help in creating my vision, all I need to do is ask.
I was recently reading about how long it took Thomas Edison to develop the first commercially viable light bulb, and he was asked if he was ever discouraged or thought he was wasting his time. His answer was that he learned something new each time he tried an experiment. He learned what NOT to do next time. What I love so much is that Edison didn’t view his attempts as failures, but instead, viewed each experiment as a necessary part of the journey. And those early experiments helped scientists to build a foundation for other research that went on to change our lives forever.
So whether we are waiting for our vision to be made clear to us, or we clearly have it in hand, it’s important to remember that everything we do, whether we are walking strong or stumbling along, is part of the co-creative process with Spirit.
And, ultimately all of our hard work towards our dreams, no matter how it turns out, ignites more energy that helps our light shine brighter which was part of the original vision all along.
Are you courageous enough to SHINE your light?
Walker – Northern California