Last year, when I was walking on the beach and Encinitas, I had a download, a message, a realization. It was a subtle voice within me. It said, "I am the ocean and the ocean is me." This took on so much meaning for me.
First, I thought of the many characteristics of the ocean. The ocean is vast, expansive, mighty, strong, calm, peaceful, in flow. The ocean is predictable, yet unpredictable. It's gentle, yet fierce. It's soothing, cleansing and nurturing. The ocean is powerful. It can heal, and it can destroy.
I was feeling all of this in me and trying to make sense of it. Sometimes I felt calm and peaceful. Other times I was raging inside. And although I'm housed in a petite body, I felt vast and expansive. Bigger than my body.
I also saw this as a spiritual metaphor. God is the ocean. I am created in God's image. God is in me. I am what thou art. Thou art what I am. It was a deep revelation, as I fully absorbed the message.
Then, shortly after this experience, there were several instances in which a Rumi quote came into my awareness.
"You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop."
The words are powerful. The synchronicity of hearing this quote shortly after receiving the download was magical. It was not lost on me. It solidified and validated the message even more.
I continue to be reminded of this truth, especially when I'm living out of alignment with my true self. It's a gentle yet powerful reminder of who I really am.
There is a quote by Marianne Williamson that I heard many years ago when I was in nutrition school, and it shook me to my very core. I still get chills and tingles when I hear it because at the core of my Being, I know this to be true.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are POWERFUL beyond measure. It is our LIGHT, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, 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 are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make 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 own 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.”
I encourage you to release the fear that holds you back, to step into your power, to roar like the ocean, to be the light that you are.