I stumbled onto something today literally by accident. On Instagram. Today in my therapy session, we talked some about why I fear my destiny, my power, my light. After the session, I sat with it briefly, and decided to write a post on a photo about that fear.
Because we’re all afraid of something. I’m not talking clowns, zombies, bears, or bugs. I’m talking something bigger about ourselves that when it hits, literally freezes us in our steps. For me, the fears typically manifest in some reminder and I avoid being that version of myself. I think that fearing something about ourselves is a common thing.
I also think it’s a learned behavior. I fear my light, because when I let myself shine, others see it and take advantage. I fear my light because it draws attention to the fact that I’m not perfect. I fear my power because I don’t understand how it works; and I may never understand how it works. I fear because I was either hurt by someone in the past or because society at large isn’t sure what to do with me.
And that’s all bullshit. Imagine seeing how brightly you can shine, and then realizing how you shine even brighter. Imagine owning your gifts, given by a universe that understood you could handle them, and using them to heal – not only yourself but others. Imagine not being afraid of who you are. Because that person is you.
I’m in good company. Ana Forrest’s book, “Fierce Medicine,” starts with the chapter “Stalk you fear: Turning from prey to predator.” She also very wisely says we should stop trying to slay the dragons and ally with them.
Which I think I finally get. From our greatest fears, comes our greatest strengths. When we begin to realize that our strength can pull us over/through/away from our fear, that is when we truly begin to step into our power. And I for one am ready to step into my power. Who’s with me?