"We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. . . We are all meant to shine . . . 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
Some folks have asked me why I named my business One Million Suns so I thought I’d use this blog to explain why. (Full disclosure – my vision is big and hopeful and audacious and it’s taking every ounce of courage in me to put it out there because who am I to dream this big and audaciously and hopefully? I had to read the above Marianne Williams quote about ten times before committing to putting it out into the world.)
I am an optimist through and through. I look for and see beauty and goodness and reasons for hope in this world of ours. But this does not mean I am blind to the shadow side of humanity. There are plenty of reasons for serious, even kind of freaking out, concern. Which of these are you freaked out about? Rapidly progressing climate change. Grinding, entrenched poverty. On-going subjugation of and violence toward women and girls. Centuries of overt and covert racism. Unprecedented numbers of disaffected and disengaged young people. Unfathomable acts of terror as a desperate measure to bring about change.
Sometimes these shadows are so big and terrifying that in my fear I secretly want us to fight shadow with shadow, rather than with our light. Or sometimes I experience my light as too dim, too puny to illuminate the massiveness of the dark places and I despair and want to give up, to hide. Or I have friends who think the answer is to work harder, longer hours, more intensely and they become exhausted. All these approaches result in our lights burning out and our beliefs are confirmed – we are powerless against such darkness.
In my clearer moments though I have faith that the inherent goodness of humanity outweighs our shadow side. I have faith that we have untapped and so far unseen capacities for love, compassion, connection, and creativity. The time is upon us for that capacity to be awakened and blaze forth.
I am heartened because practically every day I meet or hear about another woman who is awakening to a new sense of purpose, feeling called to make a difference, experiencing a yearning to connect, contribute and create. I picture this as her inherent sun-like power wanting to shine forth and light the path to a better world.
And our world right now requires lots of suns, many more than are currently shining. Blazing suns, cleared of our own internal dimming limitations, bright enough to light up others merely by our presence, bright enough together to shrink the overtaking dark shadows.
With One Millions Suns my vision is to help women who are aligned with the greater good, or feel the urge to be so, become so blazingly powerful, creative, and connected and so numerous that we will shift humanity into a new way of being.
Audacious, right? If not us, then who? If you are feeling a little bit audacious, if you want to dismantle your dimmer switch so you can make a bigger difference, if you want to come together with other women who are also in the contribution game and be inspired, then join the OMS community. Sign up to receive the newsletter and follow us on Facebook