Do You Know How Bright You Shine?

Murray "MJ" Blehart
4 min readDec 12, 2018

Do you deny how bright you shine?

As Marianne Williamson posits in her work Our Deepest Fear, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

In a later paragraph, she writes, “Your playing small / Does not serve the world.” Her concluding paragraph begins, “And as we let our own light shine, We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

If you are unfamiliar with this work, I strongly advise you to find it and read it. The reminder that we are, each and every one of us, capable of shining impossibly bright, is good to recall.

How bright you shine is partly dependent on the things that light you up, so to speak…but also on the energy and intent we give to the things that empower us and bring us joy.

Remember, at our core, we are all energy. We are all made of the same stuff as the stars, and energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it just transmutes its form. All of us shine; how bright our shine is depends on the frequency at which our energy vibrates.

When we feel good and work with positivity, our frequency and vibration is high. When we feel bad and work with negativity, our frequency and vibration is low.

Simply put, frequencies can be equated to lightbulbs. A 40-watt bulb shines less brightly than a 100-watt bulb does.

When we work with conscious reality creation, we tend to become those three-way adjustable bulbs. We are choosing how brightly we care to shine, striving to show the world who we are and what we are capable of doing.

How bright you shine is your choice

Often, we find ourselves being influenced by the world around us. Some of these influences are far beyond our control. World affairs, governmental action and inaction, economics, and politics are things we have little to no control over, but which can drive us pretty crazy, for example. They might depress, enrage, sadden or otherwise cause you negative feelings, but there is a very limited number of things you can do about it.

Some of these influences are still outside of ourselves, but slightly less beyond our control. Teachers, friends, lovers, coworkers and family, for example. They might tell you things “for your own good” and with the best of intentions…but in doing so, could be denying how bright you shine.

What’s important is to be the you that you are. Be who you are, not who you think people desire for you to be.

This can be particularly challenging for a lot of us. If you have depression, or believe that you are unworthy or undeserving, then shining brightly can be really difficult. When the squirrels in your brain always seem to get the better of you, this adds another layer of complexity.

It is also important to keep in mind that being your best and brightest-shining self is in no way selfish. Why? Because being the best you that you can be takes nothing away from anyone else. You being amazing and awesome and seeing just how bright you shine doesn’t deny anyone else the ability to do the same.

When we deny ourselves and the world all that we are capable of, it helps nobody. Further, it disallows us to give all we most desire to give. When we are not at our best, we limit ourselves.

How bright you shine won’t blind anyone else

My own fear of success has been equal to my fear of failure. Both, however, tie to the deeper-rooted fear of abandonment. This fear, that nobody will have any desire to have me in their lives and that I will be utterly alone, has been far too dominant in my life.

This is not me placing blame on anyone, but as a child I had very few friends. I believe that this fear is why, in my early teens, when I finally developed a circle of friends, I dimmed my own brightness, because I feared outshining them might offend, and drive them off. I let my academics drop a notch, because I cared more about having these friends, and what I believed I needed to do to keep them.

Despite recognizing this for what it is now, it still affects me. As such, I still very much temper how bright I shine. It occurs to me that this, in turn, has played a large part in the acts of self-sabotage I’ve performed throughout the years, too.

Consciousness creates reality. Our lives, as such, are made manifest by the thoughts, feelings and actions that we put into them. When we are shining our brightest, transmitting at the highest vibrational frequencies, we are capable of creating truly amazing things.

Each of us has nearly unlimited power. We can shine so, so brightly — when we let ourselves. Denying the world the most you that you can be comes from a place of lack and scarcity, and the notion that you being super-bright takes away from someone else doing so.

However, we live in an abundant universe. In truth, the brighter we shine, the more we get to help others find their light, too.

Do you recognize how bright you shine?

This is the three-hundred sixty-third entry in my series. These weekly posts are ideas for, and my personal experiences with, walking along the path of life to consciously create reality. I share this journey as part of my desire to make a difference in this world along the way, and empower myself and my readers with conscious reality creation.

Thank you for joining me. Feel free to re-blog and share this.

Originally published at on December 12, 2018.

Murray "MJ" Blehart

I explore mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to help & inspire. And I also write sci-fi/fantasy.