Practicing the Light Gets Easier

Merriam Webster defines “radiance” as “a warm, soft light that shines from something.”

Wouldn’t it be nice if we saw only radiance?  And we lived only radiance?  We all have radiance; we are beings of light after all.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have the confidence of spirit to let who we really are be seen and known and celebrated all the time?  Often what stops us is fear – fear of being misunderstood, fear of being rejected, fear of being devalued.

Living our radiance isn’t just the realm of the courageous – it should be the primary objective for all of us.  Not easy stuff when someone else’s approval of us is more important than our own.

This seeking of approval comes from our need to stay safe.  We know when we can be ourselves, who we can trust with our true-ness; we also know when to hide those parts of ourselves that will bring rejection or criticism.

A Course In Miracles tells us the only two emotions in human experience are fear and love – our behavior, reactions and responses to stimuli all fall somewhere on that continuum.  If you’re living your true radiance, you’re living from love – and because love is all there is, there is nothing to fear.  If you’re not living your true radiance, something is blocking you from being who you are, keeping you on the fear end of the continuum.

Identifying and overcoming the blocks is easier said than done, of course.  But that takes us to our next favorite definition from Merriam Webster – “Practice:  To perform often, customarily or habitually.”

Practicing the light and love of who we are gets easier the more we do it, and we can begin whenever we’re ready.

Now’s a good time.

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