Over the past few years, I’ve done a lot of thinking about this topic of women playing big.
Lately, it feels to me like much of the matter comes down to this: are we letting the light out?
Are we letting out the light that is within us?
Are we allowing it to stream forth?
Are we clearing the obstacles that have accumulated around us, so that the light can reach far?
Your gifts are magnificent, and they are yours and yours alone, but they don’t have feet.
What I mean by that is this: your gifts – whether your gifts for painting or communicating or loving little ones – are almost otherworldly. They can’t do of-this-world things like blocking and tackling and navigating and figuring out how to get expressed in the world. Your gifts will never try to fight their way into the marketplace. They won’t plot strategy for how they’ll be expressed. It’s simply not their nature.
And yet, the soul hungers to see its gifts expressed, unfurled. And so the soul makes an invitation to another part of you – the part that thinks, and strategizes, and reads context, and maneuvers. The worldly part. The part that understands dynamics of power. The can-do part, the handyman part.
The soul invites that part to become a partner in getting your light, your gifts, out into the world. Say yes and then it is your job to bring the muscle, the thought, the know-how to help your gifts find their way.
You are the parent, your gift is the child. You are the agent, your gift is the talent. You are the advocate; your gift is a client who very much needs your help.
The gift is delicate, and you are hearty. The gift is the beam, and you help it find contexts to shine.
You bring your mind, your muscle, and your comfort with power to this task. Yes, there is no letting your light out into the world unless you are cool with power. Because your gifts are where your greatest power lies.
For women, this inner partnership – between our otherworldly gifts and our worldly, savvy selves – is particularly animating, because we have for so long been asked to deny that muscling, maneuvering, stewarding part of us. When we reclaim that part – not un-tethered but as the steward of our gifts and our service, we come into wholeness.
We stand with both feet planted. The light and its steward, the gold and her guard. Both are present: the gifts that hail from another realm and the part of us that knows there is urgent work to do, here, in this one.
How will you say yes to that partnership between your gifts and the part of you that can help them get expressed in the world? What stands in your way of getting the light out? How are you getting the light out now? Tell us in the comments.
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As a result of Playing Big, I am telling my story fully and seeing this show up in unexpected and powerful ways, personally, professionally, and in my writing. My voice is becoming bolder because I am not hiding part of my story. – Past Playing Big Participant
As a result of Playing Big, I created and am teaching a course that is built around sharing what I know/the wisdom I’ve acquired. Before Playing Big, I don’t think I would have had the confidence to think that what I already know, what I bring just by entering the space, would be enough. Now I see how much value I bring. – Past Playing Big Participant