What attracts you to someone? Looks? Personality? Social Status? Intelligence? or Something Else?
My suspicion is those are not stand alone qualities. Just like you may be attracted to a picture of a shiny new car or computer, you know that neither one is useful to you without a power source.
Our power source is our light. It’s what makes a person personable.
I’m sure we’ve all seen pictures in magazines of the vacant look of some fashion models. That’s a look that serves the ad by getting people to look at the clothes vs. lookng at the model. He or she, admittedly, is nice looking but we are not drawn to them. Their light is absent.
How often is our light obscured?
We obscure our light by pretending that we are someone who we are not. Teenagers do this all the time. It’s one of the reasons teens start smoking. It certainly wasn’t the “taste” that made them start. It was their desire to be someone who they weren’t and smoking was going to do that for them. They would appear older, cooler, one of the gang, chic, independent, rebellious, like my favorite movie or rock star. The next time you see a person smoking, just notice how absent of light they are. Yes, lighting up obscures your light.
But this isn’t a lecture on the evils of smoking; this is a lesson in light.
What are you pretending to be? Whenever you do that, your light is diffused. You are a dimmed version of you.
If you have ever tried to impress someone (and who hasn’t), you are pretending and, thus, lack full access to your light.
Ask any landscape photographer and they will tell you that the best light is either at daybreak or day’s end. It’s when the light has the richest colors.
Your light is your richest asset.
How are you dimming your light? Let me count the ways. Any attempt to embellish who you are keeps you in the shadows. You appear inauthentic and not even moths are drawn to your light.
The real you is your light. We’ve been conditioned to cover over our light with add-ons that are supposed to get us noticed. Each time we think we have to add to ourselves to become more, we become less. Our light is perpetually at the end of the tunnel and this keeps us mostly in the dark.
Discovering your light is a process of subtraction. What pretenses can we let go of? What game can we stop playing? What can we remove that will let our light shine through?
This can be our meditation for the day. Just wonder what you can let go off that keeps your hand off the light switch.
Here’s something we never learned in school: Subtraction can be enlightening.
All the best,
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