Daily Archives: September 18, 2008

Find encouraging words

The brief words posted below from Marianne Williamson ask some great questions.  What do you think?

“We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and 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 were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is 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 fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

-Marianne Williamson, “Return to Love”

meaning

How do we view the word around us? When we look at something what we see with our eyes is translated from a form into a meaning. That is we attach meaning to things we see, we touch, we hear, we taste or we smell. For the most part we share that meaning with others at some level, but at another level we are highly individualistic in how we interpret what our senses are telling us. We impart meaning into those things we sense that is all our own.

If we can assign meaning to the things we sense that also means we can unassign meaning to those things. If we see a chair we can unassign the meaning of that chair so that it doesn’t mean anything.

Why would we do such a thing? Think about a time when you were upset at something. There was something there that had a meaning and most likely it only had meaning for you. We may have been upset with the meaning that the object had … “to get angry at a chair” for example means what? If we have the ability to remove meaning from an object we also have the ability to remove that which upset us – the meaning.

Where would it have practical application? What if you got mad at someone, I know that rarely happens, but what if it did? What if you took away the meaning of that event? What would you be angry at? If it is our assignment of meaning to things, events, or our senses then we can also change what that means.

Wouldn’t it be better if we could create peace in our own lives?