Those of you who know me at all, or who follow my work, are aware that I value originality above pretty much any other quality or virtue. The phoniness of people who posture, pretend and try to present themselves in a good light, all while hiding behind the words or presence of famous or well known public figures is staggering. It has gotten to the point where if I see one more quote from Richard Branson or Rumi, I want to puke. And I’m a huge Rumi fan!
That said, there has been one quote from one individual over the years whose words I not only have shared in an effort to assist in making my own message clearer, but have actually leaned on myself for strength and courage in time of need. The quote is the one by Marianne Williamson, which begins with the lines:
Our greatest fear is not that we’re inadequate. Our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
If you aren’t familiar with this quote, I encourage you to Google it. It’s well worth reading daily! But the one line from this quote, which made its way permanently into my mind and heart decades ago, reads as follows:
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
This sums up in a nutshell every challenge that has been inherent in every major action I have ever executed or life decision I’ve been called on to make. For years I shrank in guilty terror at speaking out or speaking up, lest I disturb the “status quo” of some mysterious and apparently all-knowing “they” to whom my mother, bless her heart, would allude. She began so many sentences with the words “they say”, in defense somehow of her own unconscious ability to take full responsibility for herself and her life, that I had to wonder who these people were who had such a powerful influence over MY life and what was or wasn’t right for me.
But it’s not the masses who I’ve been most afraid of confronting or challenging with my words and message. They’re too lost in the oblivion of unconscious illusion to even have a clue as to what the real (rather than projected or assumed) meaning of my words is at this point anyway.
No. The ones I’ve been afraid of speaking honestly to are the ones who are awake enough to have had a glimpse of the Absolute Truth underlying their deluded albeit sincere efforts to help people and yet continue to devote their lives to making the illusion of their relative personal existences prettier, bigger, richer, more impactful, etc anyway. The ones who can’t (or refuse to) see that most of the coaching profession is little more than an attempt to spiritualize capitalism being made by individuals who had a powerful experience or three and decided to join the flock of other white sheep offering their services as self proclaimed teachers and healers rather than being a lone black sheep standing on its own sole Soul connection to Source.
The ones who continue to compete rather than collaborate; to condemn rather than open their hearts to genuine compassion; to seek control in one form or another rather than surrendering in conscious compliance with a divine order they know to be at work behind the scenes.
NO offense is intended here to the MANY people out there whose work I respect and who I love dearly as friends and fellow pilgrims on the path. But unless the “work” you are doing is EXACTLY what you would still be doing with all your heart and soul and loving presence if there were no longer any such thing as financial compensation, I suggest that you are living a lie and not only are you not being of divine service, you are actually doing harm to yourSelf and to the Whole by living a life that is less than what you know you are capable of living.
It’s time to STOP putting bandaids on boo-boos or seeking to exchange iron chains for golden handcuffs and recognize that Healing is the recognition that only Truth is true.
Truth is That Which never changes.
Devotion to any thing else is the real definition of sin.