Brightly shining rays
Masked by “should be’s” and “to-do’s”
What will you peel off?
Do you realize how great you are? How awesome your talents, passions, quirks and curiosities are that make you you? For a long time, I didn’t. I pined for compliments but struggled to actually let them in. It wasn’t for a lack of love from others. It’s just hard to feel love from outside when you don’t accept yourself. As I’ve worked towards appreciating and accepting who I am, it has helped to consider what traits I particularly value in myself and others, and letting those shine.
American yogi, Baron Baptiste, poses the question:
“What do you want to manifest?”
As I began to contemplate and journal about this, I pondered what manifest means. How often is the term used as “how others perceive someone”? Yet, consider for a moment, how manifesting something isn’t just acknowledged, but how it actually impacts people.
Looking at the sun, one might say it manifests light. My perception is that I see light. Yet my skin feels warmth. Plants receive nourishment. Your emotions can actually be lifted to a more cheerful state and alert/wakefulness is more prone to align with light than darkness. These are just a few ways the sun’s light impacts us. So…
How could you make a difference in the world through what you emit?
Think of Gandhi, a human with true purpose and sense of self. Can anyone know all the details of responsibilities he held, relationships he maintained, words he spoke? Yet, consider how many people know what his sense of purpose was. He was a bold human rights activist. His life centered around bringing awareness to others that people with brown skin should be treated with the same liberties and respect as people with lighter colored pigmentation. He manifested human dignity, progress through pacifism and equal rights. These ideas were not just people’s perception of him. These were the rays he spread, brightening the world so that others felt his passion and joined in the movement. Change came to India, the British Empire and the world because one person, to start out, was willing to recognize and unabashedly share his passion.
There was only one Gandhi. I certainly don’t aim to replicate who he was and all he accomplished. You and I can, however, decide what we want to manifest. Day by day, with focus, we can hone in on how to shine with a sense of purpose. We can peel away distractions, responsibilities we put on ourselves that aren’t really necessary, biases or prejudices, fears, habits and even addictions that prevent us from remembering, expressing and being what we truly want to be about.
So far, I’ve narrowed down that I want to manifest love. I surmise that this yearning to share love is strong due to years of depression, self-loathing and a sense of inadequacy. I know all too well what a lack of love feels like. I know many of us can relate by being in or having been through that lonely place. So I want to give and facilitate for all people a sense of self-love, acceptance, and openness to feel the love of others. That is what I wish to spread on the earth.
What do you want to share?