“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.”
– Marianne Williamson
How does that fear affect your enjoyment of and wellness within your body? Perhaps our biggest challenge is finding the balance between our immeasurable light and power, and the structure and limitations of the three-dimensional physical world we inhabit.
When I was quite young, during one summer vacation on the south coast of England, I was playing in the shallow sea water with my older sister. She decided to go for a swim and told me to stay where I was. Watching her launch off into the deeper waters, I was quite convinced I could do that. I saw the picture quite clearly (although I had not yet officially learned how to swim), and so I launched off after her. I immediately found myself submerged in the water, sitting on the sandy bottom, looking up at the surface and wondering what had happened. I was so stunned that I didn’t even make an attempt to get up. Fortunately, my parents had witnessed this from the beach and so I was swiftly rescued from the depths of the English Channel.
The memory of this event is still vivid, perhaps because of the shock I felt at the betrayal of the body – it had let me down, or so it seemed – and the resulting invalidation from my parents’ fear. Now I see and understand that the information from the picture I had of how to swim simply hadn’t connected with or been processed through my brain, which would eventually translate into muscle memory that would allow me to succeed in swimming.
It is this kind of experience, and the memory retained in the cells that can disconnect us and negatively impact our trust and enjoyment of the body. It can have us fear that light of ours.
Do you find yourself not wanting to try something new for fear that that your body will let you down, that you will fail? Or that allowing your light to shine and daring to trust in yourself might result in humiliation or invalidation? It might well be that some of that fear comes from previous experiences in your development, and may be misplaced or no longer in present time.
There are many different ways to address, conquer, release and heal that fear. Meditation can assist in bringing your focus back to yourself, out of the pictures, concepts, fear or competition of others that would have you doubt your abilities. Healing, in one of the many forms that are available nowadays, is another avenue at your disposal. Healing allows you to simply change the dynamics of energy in your physical and spiritual space, to release old fear and invalidation from past experiences, to wipe the slate clean and allow you to move forward with trust and confidence.
Trust your light and allow it to shine! You might be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.