Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our own light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to 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 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.
What does success mean to you? Every person on this planet has a different definition of what success means to her or him. It could be financial success: having millions in your bank account, driving an fancy car, dining in exclusive restaurants, and living in a luxurious mansion in Malibu overlooking the Pacific. Perhaps it’s being at the pinnacle of your career, sitting in a corner office on the top floor overlooking the city; and the name on your office door says “CEO.” Maybe success to you has nothing to do with money or titles. You simply want to be happy in not only a relationship but also with the person who looks back at you everyday in the mirror.
You may be one of the fortunate ones. Nothing has held you back from having happiness, finding meaning, and achieving success in your life; and I congratulate you. However, if you feel that there’s just something holding you back from having the life you deserve and desire-you’re not alone.
Whatever that something is, that fear, we try to fight it. Or we try to run away from that emotion. Or we simply freeze. As a result of trying to escape our emotions, the fear that we are not living our best lives, we often find ourselves stuck in the never ending loop of samsara-mundane existence of anger, anxiety, depression, rejection, and resentment. We live the life that our subconscious believes in.
Weltschmerz. It’s a German word, when literally translated, that means “world pain,” or “world weariness.” This word is certainly an apt description for the angst that has been a part of the human condition since our primordial ancestors first looked up at the stars-
Not much has changed in today’s interconnected, yet disconnected world. It’s the feeling, the knowing that, as Sarah Rudell Beach states in the link above, “things could be different…that we are better than this.”
We have all felt a sense of Weltschmerz-be it when we look at the state of the world and all its suffering, or when looking at our own lives. We can imagine the lives we want to live, to want things to be different, to be better than our current states. But until an individual realizes that life is what her/his subconscious believes to be true, life is an endless cycle of samsara and suffering.
Our brain is evolutionary hard wired for survival, to push forward, to persevere in the face of extraordinary obstacles. Often times our subconscious blocks change, makes us stuck, because we don’t believe we are capable. But there is hope. We are more powerful than we can even imagine. We can manifest better lives.