Last week I wrote about abundance and the zero sum model - and the way that affects us (particularly women). I'm finding it so interesting this cultural, social, familial tendency for women to play small, and the implications that has for our culture, our daughters, and our legacy.
As Marianne Williamson says:
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's 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're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
I've been working on clearing the subconscious blocks which keep me playing small. I have never even been aware these exist before, but as I bring awareness to them, my-oh-my they are dissolving fast! This EFT video from Margaret Lynch has been particularly helpful.
The phrase which powerfully resonates with me is when she says: "If you believe in scarcity, then for you to be making more money means you're taking it away from people, and of course you'll feel selfish, and guilty, and be judged that way. But if you believe in abundance, then when you free yourself to have more, then you're freeing everybody else to have more, because there is an unlimited abundance."