In case you haven’t noticed yet, the truth of who you are is intelligent, creative, and naturally fulfilled. This is your essence, your true nature, that is non-negotiable and undeniable.
You don’t have life – you are life. You don’t find peace – you are infinitely peaceful at the core.
But sometimes the clouds move in, and your inner glow seems to be hidden. You want to be happy, yet fear deters you. You long for an end to suffering, but you just don’t know how to go about it. You are desperate for your light to shine even though it seems very, very dim. (Light? What light?)
When we are perfectly aligned with life in its purest form, it unfolds effortlessly. But for most of us, effort is required for a time. It helps tremendously to know what you should focus on and how you should handle your reactions and troublesome habits.
And if you’re really serious about releasing your inner brilliance, you will make it a practice to apply these actions as often as possible during your daily life. This is what I have done for years, and it’s been a joy to know in my own experience that the clouds move on, and the light keeps getting brighter and brighter.
Familiarize yourself with these five actions, then, when the moment is right, engage with them. Put them into practice, notice the results, and prepare yourself to be surprised. For each one is a doorway to your limitless light.
1. Let go of any stories you are telling yourself.
We tell ourselves stories about the past and worry about what might happen in the future. Stories can be dramatic, scary, or sad. Some common ones are:
- I’m a victim.
- I’m no good.
- I can’t.
- I’m not worthy.
- I deserve…
- I should or shouldn’t….
No story serves the release of your inner brilliance. Stories categorize and define. They convince you that you are a fraction of who you really are. And they divert your attention from what is real, free, and alive in you.
Lose interest in all stories – yes, all of them. Shed the veils of thinking, and watch your brilliance take over.
2. Listen to the whisper voice of your natural self and let it guide you.
Once the roar of thinking dies down, there is the space for you to listen. Spend time being quiet. Just sit, and be infinitely open and available.
Guidance is always here. Your job is to listen and follow it.
Are you willing?
3. Don’t feed the drama of your emotions.
Emotions can easily get you side-tracked. Say, “No more.” See that emotions come and go like weather. Don’t worship at the altar of your feelings or let them direct your precious life.
Witness your emotions, but don’t get involved with them. They are not a reliable source of information or a signpost. Simply let them be, then the natural direction of your brilliance will unfold. Try it out, and see if this is true for you.
4. Follow what makes you happy.
Don’t be afraid of happiness, and don’t protect yourself from experiencing joy. Turn away from a need to please others or to live according to your should’s and expectations. Don’t be bound by pressures of any kind.
Now is your chance to be free. And now, and now. It’s very simple. If you let happiness guide you:
- What would you do?
- How would you relate to your stories and emotions?
- How do you want to show up in the moments of your life?
Align yourself with happiness, and your natural brilliance will overflow everywhere.
5. Be completely open in your mind and heart.
If you are closed and resistant, you are locking yourself into a very small room. Instead, cultivate a sense of curiosity about everything.
- Maybe you can be more fulfilled than you could ever imagine. (What is possible for you?)
- Maybe you can be non-reactive and peaceful. (How would that affect your inner world and your relationships?)
- Maybe what you identify as problems actually get solved when you relate to them differently. (What would you do with all the energy that is freed up?)
Be open to recognizing and questioning all assumptions. You will be well on the road to living as the infinite brilliance that you are.
It is true that you get out what you put in. Find the place inside you that can’t bear the suffering and confusion and troubled habits one moment longer. Practice these five actions continually.
Then step out of the way, and be your beautiful, shining self.
Do you practice these actions? What happens? Do you notice any obstacles to these practices? I’d love to hear…