If your inner light is flickering, here's how to reclaim it and leave it burning.
Now that we are well into the new year, I'm assuming you have packed away all your holiday decorations that adorned our homes and offices during the glorious season of lights.
As you continue to gently move your menorahs, kinaras, and Christmas bulbs to a safe place, I urge you to leave the fire from one light burning this year—the one that rests in your own heart.
You know the light that I am referring to; it's the one that gently awakens you in the middle of the night, reminding you of your beauty and essence. It's the one that nudges you to strive for more, to unabashedly walk into the peace, joy, love, happiness, and success that is your birthright. It's this light that leads you to command the space in every room that you enter, spreading your unique blend of power and humility.
It's also the same light that people have been trying to "snuff" out of you for years. Some have attempted to quietly extinguish it with a slight disapproving nod when you share your latest idea. Others are a little more direct in their attempts, with a condescending pat on the head that is actually a subtle attempt to minimize your greatness.
Others simply walked into your heart wearing steel-toed combat boots and stomped out your fire, leaving you to sweep away the smoldering ashes of your shattered dreams.
I've seen hundreds of you over the years. In fact, I've been you more times than I can remember.
My practice is full of amazing women who placed their lanterns on the side of a long-forgotten road, asking me to help them find it. It's also full of the most beautiful couples, who spent years taking turns at fearfully diminishing the lights of their beloveds.
Mostly, my practice is full of other healers, afraid to admit that they have not seen their light in years; they continue to trudge along in the darkness, half-heartedly giving themselves to the people they were once called to serve.
If you have decided to read this post to the end, then I know you or someone you love has lost their light—the passionate fire that once guided you to achieving great things.
I want you to know that it's still there, sitting in the quiet space of your own soul, patiently waiting for you to flip the switch.
Despite it's dimness, it's this light that softly reminds you that the time has come write the book, get the degree, or go for the "impossible" interview. Perhaps it's reminding you to recall why you fell in love with your partner, and to return to serving as guiding lights to each other.
Hafiz of Persia once wrote, "I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being."
Go ahead, reclaim your light and remember to leave it on.