One of the blessings of my life (and I have many, so many sometimes I wonder what I have done to deserve it and how it is I can continue to create them in my world (yet another reason for the comic book!)) is the amazing opportunity to interact with countless (well, okay, I can count -- 875 at this point) amazing people who patron the Temple with their business. That, of course, is a wonderful thing.
However, the real gift comes in getting to know them and them sharing themselves and their stories of life and development with me. Today I was honored by a beautiful Goddess who shared with me a story of how she found within her own experience an amazing transformation. Last evening, through a series of events, she found herself called to be by Spirit; today she wrote me and credited me with a part of that calling, offering that I was one of the gifts given to her. The entire story reminded me of this quote by Marianne Williamson as spoken by Nelson Mandela at his inaugural speech in 1994:
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 and fabulous? Actually who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
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.