Our capacity for Brilliance
I am sharing this from a book titled A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson. I feel it is powerful and valuable for artists.
We are often afraid to do anything unless we know we can do it extremely well. But we get to Carnegie Hall by practicing. Most of us feel on some level like race horses champing at the bit, pressing at the gate, hoping and praying for someone to open the door and let us run out. We feel so much pent up energy, so much locked up talent. We know in our hearts that we were born to do great things, and we have a deep-seated dread of wasting our lives. But the only person who can free us is ourselves. Most of us know that. We realize that the locked door is our own fear. But we have learned by now, that on some level our terror of moving forward is so great that it would take a miracle to free us… Ask for a miracle, release fear and belief you are worthy of receiving. We align ourselves with our highest possibility by choosing thoughts sponsored by love.
Marianne lives in LA and once knew a woman who wanted to be an actress, but wasn’t getting work. In the meantime, she was working as a personal assistant to a professional writer. He adored her work and wanted her to travel with him all around the country, doing book tours, setting up lectures and helping him in various ways. Although she told me that she found working with him very exhilarating, she didn’t want to leave LA because she felt she needed to be available in case there were acting jobs here that she might audition for.
“Nothing would be better for your acting career,” Marianne told her friend, “than that you would start starring in your own life.” The reason many people want to be actors is not because they are truly called to the art, but rather because they want so desperately to create something beautiful in their own lives. Show up! Be enthusiastic! Put some energy into the life you’re living now! How will anyone ever be impressed by your starlike quality if you’re waiting to cultivate that quality until you become a star?
If you are interested in the book A Return to Love, you can buy it at this IndigoChapters link.
All the best,