“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, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. 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

A friend of mine recently posted something about "haters" - people who see you moving forward or doing well and in reaction send you negative energy.  It got me to wondering.  What makes "haters" hate?  This led me to remember that there are two sides to every coin, in this case I suppose it would be the "hater" and the "hated on".  After thinking about it for a while though from a spiritual perspective I think I see it more as dim and lit.
The thing that makes someone dim is actually fear, insecurity and their own feelings of inadequacy.  It is only natural that when someone close to you moves closer to their purpose, to their dreams, it would cause you to question your own purpose and to look at your progress on your journey.  If in doing that, you find that you are not happy with where you are or that you feel stuck in your journey, you will feel envy towards them.  That is the moment you have a choice.  You can either focus on them or focus on you.  Focusing on them (from an envious perspective aka dim) will manifest negatively.  You will look to blame or diminish them or daunt or sabotage their journey.  Focusing on yourself on the other hand will cause you to question yourself (or introspect) to figure out what it is you feel is lacking and in turn then clear the path for you to move closer toward what you now know you want.
If you are on the other side of this fear coin (the person who is lit) it is critical that you NEVER ever diminish your flame for ANYONE.  In other words, never accomodate another by lessening yourself.  It serves no good whatsoever, it helps no one.  It only perpetuates a cycle of fear, dark and ugly.  NO!  Instead you shine even brighter knowing that we are all connected so the brighter you shine the more your light will shoot out into the universe and help others to do the same.  Be the best version of you and then be better.  Brightening your light does not ever deplete it, it actually makes things brighter because light ALWAYS extinguishes dark. You can always flip a light switch on and make the dark go away.  There is no such thing as a dark switch.  Light always wins!   Know this... when someone is trying to dim you, it is never a personal toward you as much as it may feel like it.  It's actually a personal toward themselves.  They are angry with themselves for not being where they'd like to be.  This is their personal work and it really has nothing to do with you.  Be compassionate, they are afraid.  But remember compassion never means diminishing your flame in any way to accommodate their fears.  It's never your place to tend anyone else's garden.  What you can do though is shine your light.  Wish peace and happiness by sending them loving, healing energy and the hope that they themselves do the work to clear any uneccesary weedsthat may be blocking the light from coming in.
LISTEN UP PEEPS... This is not finger pointing here.  It doesn't matter which side you fall on.  Neither is better or worse.  Both can either create the same outcome or offer the same opportunity.  Take a moment right now for just 21 seconds to recognize which side you fall on.
You just flipped a light switch on.  Well done!  The world is now a little brighter.
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