Day 12, November 10, 2016–2 minutes to midnight mean a brief post. A day of drama which took me back to the morning of June 24th earlier this year. It connects me to a beautiful painting of the Angel Gabriel by London based Brazilian Artist Kim Poor. It also connects me to a famous and timely quote by Marianne Williamson which also featured in Nelson Mandela’s 1994 inaugural Presidential address:
“…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.”
A daily practise requires sacrifice and discipline and this brings forth doubt. Often it’s doubt springing from the well of darkness referred to in the quote. Questions oscillate between why now, it’s too late, let me wait till I’m ready or at least another day, ad infinitum. Equally things do change and we have all the light to change ourselves in the mould we wish. So my lesson from today is Practise Doing it Now by Being Here Now. Just today and Only today let me do this. A single, simple action and experience the taste of having done it. And whilst doing, Peace be still. Good Night everyone. Today’s personal resolution is to gently reflect on the day gone by as I lull myself to the land of dreams and zzzzz..