“If you are going to be courageous, an example for all those who are ready to step into their power, then you must be willing to show the world all of who you are. You must have the guts to throw off the chains of modesty and mediocrity in order to be the light that the world needs.”
~ Debbie Ford
I learnt of Debbie Ford’s passing recently from OM Times email newsletter which I subscribed to, and her presence is missed by many, though her legacy of works of inspiration continues to live on to encourage many more people.
Yes, it takes courage to embrace our full potential, our uniqueness, our authentic self to be the light the world needs. It reminds me of a similar quote by Marianne Williamson about being our true beautiful and powerful self that encourages others to let their own light shine too.
“Our greatest fear is our light not our darkness that most frightens us
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 and 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 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.
Marianne Williamson is participating in the “I Can Do It!” conference, Vancouver. May 5-6, 2012
A recent interview by Omega with Debbie Ford also includes her view on courage.
Debbie: “What is often called courage is when you muscle up and barrel through. It’s forceful, often without thinking or feeling. But the courage I’m talking about is this divine inner strength that everyone is born with, a strength to be your most authentic self and to take powerful actions consistent with your loving, compassionate heart.”