Monday, August 24, 2015

Self-Deprecation into Self-Love

As they say... There is only fear or love.  We can fear our own power and dampen our light, or we can love ourselves, and thus have more love to give others.  I am realizing more and more that color and style work is personal development, it is self-actualization, it is finding oneself and learning to embrace our beauty and our power.

I am very familiar with self-deprecation.  It has been a core issue or a character defect or a coping mechanism for most of my life.  Most of us have had times when we did not want to draw attention to ourselves with our clothes or color choices.  I had a client who was very concerned after having her colors done that she would now be "too visible."  I also had an experience in a group makeover where women were actually visible or seen for the first time.  Choose to be seen. Choose to see your authentic self.

Our Greatest Fear —Marianne Williamson

it is our light not our darkness that most frightens us

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 and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won't feel insecure around you.

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.

—Marianne Williamson
Often said to have been quoted in a speech by Nelson Mandela. The source is Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, Harper Collins, 1992. —Peter McLaughlin

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