Thursday, September 6, 2012

Our deepest fear

"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. You playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shirking so that 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 fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

~Marianne Williamson~A Return to Love

8 comments:

  1. I am a man that desperately needs meditation in my life

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  3. Close your eyes and begin with your breath. JJ

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  4. Aaron, desperation is something best left for the last minute of football games. Move gently towards meditation an allow it to happen.

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  5. "The whole business of making a stark contrast between the lower and higher self is futile to begin with. There is no separate, all-good, all-wise part of you that you must win or lose. Life is one flow of awareness. No aspect of you was constructed out of anything else. Fear and anger are actually made from the same pure awareness as love and compassion; erecting a barrier between ego and soul fails to recognize this simple fact. In the end, letting go is achieved not by condemning whats bad in yourself and throwing it away, but by a process that brings opposites together. Your ego must see that it belongs to the same reality as your soul. It needs to find so much in common with your soul that it lets go of its selfish agenda in favor of a better way of life."

    -Deepak Chopra

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  6. Thank you for taking time to comment!

    Deepak himself is reduced to making a "stark contrast" between ego and soul. To wit: "It (ego) needs to find so much in common with your soul that it lets go of its SELFISH AGENDA in favor of a better way of life." There are complexities and nuances aplenty when talking about the ego and soul. To fully describe the distinction, contrast is essential. Perhaps this can be construed as erecting a "barrier."

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  7. Noted. Contrast is essential. Ego and soul must form as one in order to fully be one with Self? No?

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  8. Forgive me if I am being too literal, but "ego and soul must form as one" suggests a duality that complicates the issue for me. I believe it is more integration than "form"-ing. However, I may be hung-up on the sematics. I acknowledge the process of assimilation of the ego by the soul being a prerequisite for an authentic expression of Self.

    Reading what I wrote confirms my hang up. Assimilation versus "form as one" mean the same thing. So, yes!

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