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Rukmini Iyer

The Human Cohesion Project — 15 May 2020


The pithiness of the Shahada, much like a lot of other spiritual aphorisms, continues to fascinate me. How different life would be, if we remember the gist of it in every moment we live: that there is but one source of us all, and that I am a living proof of that source. If we could remember that, our world could be anchored in our connectedness, and in our power.

And yet, we seem to be so scared of our power, that we bury the connectedness in the garb of religion, corrupt it with a layer of politics and plunge it into war. It feels like a good day to remind ourselves of Marianne Williamson’s well-known quote from the book ‘A Return to Love’:

“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.”

  • In what form did you claim your power and connectedness today?

Ramadan Kareem. May life gently lure us away from our one-ness, to our Oneness.

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Rukmini Iyer

Rukmini Iyer


Conscious Leadership Facilitator and Coach | Peacebuilder and Educator | Writer | Founder, Exult! Solutions |