The fear of death keeps us from living, not dying.
Paul C. Round
It is our fear of death that keeps us from stepping out of our comfort zones into our greatness. For us to gain in life, there are parts of it that we must be willing to lose. The parts we leave behind are those parts that no longer serve us. They can feel like a security blanket, so in a way, we can feel vulnerable without them. There is also often a grieving process involved in release, in a way, we do die. However, it is the death of that which no longer serves. This grief can be temporary, if we allow it to be.
Let’s take a look at the natural world where animals “let go” in order to gain:
A snake sheds its skin so that it may release that which no longer serves it and so that it may begin anew.
The caterpillar must be willing to let itself die as a caterpillar, so that it may enter into the void of the chrysalis so that it may transform and emerge as a butterfly.
Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.
By giving our fears over to God, we may release that which holds us back. In letting go, we step more into our power.
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.
By holding onto our fears, we block our own freedom. When we choose fear over our greatness, we keep ourselves in bondage. Through surrender, we cut away these self-imposed limitations.
Just for today, I choose to release my fears about my greatness and walk in my strength. Please join me!
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