Afraid of the Light?

by Jason R. Shine

“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.” – Marianne Williamson

I still remember how occasionally as a young child I would get thirsty during the night, but I would be afraid of getting out of bed and walking downstairs to the kitchen. The problem wasn’t so much the walk, but rather the darkness I would have to face in order to get to the water. I was afraid of what I could not see, for my mind had imagined that all sorts of scary scenarios waited in the darkness. 

Thankfully, I outgrew my fear of the dark in large part thanks to my mother. She would say, “Who do you walk with?” as I contemplated the journey through the dark hallway and stairs. I would then respond, “God”, as I proceeded to the refrigerator and turned on the light. It’s amazing the lessons we learn in our childhood that carry on to our adult lives.

Some 20 years later, the topic of light versus darkness emerges again. This time it is not physical light and darkness affecting our thirst, but rather an awareness of who we are. What’s more, as Marianne Williamson indicates, it is no longer the darkness that most frightens us, but the light (revelation) of our potential and ability. 

Men loved darkness more than they loved light. What darkness conceals, light reveals; and with revelation comes responsibility. Many would camp in the “safety” of darkness and the unknown, but Greatness says, “Arise, shine for your light has come”

When you discover who you are and what you are capable of, you are responsible for manifesting that light. The treasure inside you is meant to be shared with the world, not hidden in the darkness. Let your light shine!