Why Turn Your Shine On?
Years ago when I was contemplating my new business card, and as it turned out my new business name and website, I received the message to use the angel picture of me that you see at the top of this page. It was original created by a friend for a book she was making. My first reaction was, “Hell no, absolutely not, way to showy!” As I continued to think about other options I kept hearing the song, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine” playing over and over again in my head, louder and louder, until I finally gave into myself and said yes. Actually, at the time it was more like, “OK fine! Geez!” And yet almost in the same breathe everything started falling together.
Right away, “Turn Your Shine On” came to me as my business name and of course the domain happened to be free. I hadn’t even known I was going to create a business name and website that day but it flowed effortlessly. I then remembered one of my favorite quotes by Marianne Williamson and how perfect it was for me and what I was offering, and I placed it on the first page of my website.
“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. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other 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 own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
And since then “Turning Your Shine On” has not only been something I endeavor to offer into the world and through my classes and sessions but it has been a constant message to me; a reminder to not shrink, to not be less than, and instead to be this light, this shine that I am, that we all are.
It’s fun for me to read Marianne’s quote now and feel the spaces that are no longer a match. To know that my light doesn’t scare me anymore, to realize I actually real like it; to know that I shrink myself less and less to make others feel comfortable because I really can see that it does not serve either one of us. I love that this quote is no longer the first paragraph of my website because I no longer feel the need to have someone else validate what it is I am offering. I love the freedom, expansion, and joy that turning my shine on has brought me and I am passionate about sharing myself in a way that helps others to turn their own shine on. And I love knowing that I offer this not only through my work but by simply being this me that I am; this free, bright, loud, loving, soaring, magical, angel-human who is more in every moment!
Inviting us all to keep turning our shine on!!!