A Personal Return To Love

Marti comforting Ullr while his humans are out of town.  Photo by Ray Clemens, 2015

Marti comforting Ullr while his humans are out of town. Photo by Ray Clemens, 2015

Isn’t it amazing how children know exactly what to do for you, for others, and for themselves?  Poor Ullr is so sad and missing his humans while they go to a wedding.  He certainly doesn’t understand why they didn’t take him.  After all he has a beautiful black fur coat on that should work well in any formal event.

He is staying with Marti and her parents while his folks are out of town.  So Marti has made sure to sit with him and offer him comfort and love.  Brilliant!  What a shinning example of empathy and being truly in your essence while providing comfort that someone else really needs.

Marti is like this all the time.  When I was ill she grabbed a blanket for me.  She put her hand on my forehead and said, “I’ll take care of you” and she did.  She never questioned whether she was too small, not enough, didn’t have the skills.  She just reached out and took care of me.

We can all shine, like children do and live from a place of inner purity and essence if we only allow ourselves to do so.  I’ve loved Marianne Williamson’s poem, Return To Love for sometime now.  I’ve even taken to reading it to my coaching clients with their name instead of the third person pronoun. Today I realized I am unconsciously substituting first person pronouns when I read the poem and substituting Universe for God because that is my spiritual leaning.

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I’m sharing here the poem adapted as I use it for myself:

A Personal Return To Love

My deepest fear is not that I am inadequate.
My deepest fear is that I am powerful beyond measure.
It is my light, not my darkness, that most frightens me.
I ask myself, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who am I not to be?
I am a child of the Universe.
My playing small doesn’t serve the World.
There’s nothing enlightened about my shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around me.
I was meant to shine, as children do.
I was born to make manifest the glory of the Universe that is within me.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone, including me.
And as I let my own light shine,
I consciously give other people permission to do the same.
As I’m liberated from my own fear,
My presence automatically liberates others.

–Adapted by Glenda Clemens from
Marianne Williamson from “Return to Love

(Please note that this post originally referred to Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural Speech as Marianne Williamson’s source for some of the poem.  Thanks to a friend who reminded me to check my original sources before quoting them to come to the truth of this poem.  It is entirely the brilliant work of Marianne Williamson adapted by me for first person use.)

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