"It is your mission to express all that you can imagine God to be. Let this be your standard of achievement; never lower it, nor allow yourself to be belittled by the cry of sacrilege. You can attain to everything that you can imagine. If you imagine that it is possible to God, it is also possible to you. Whatever possibility your mind conceives, that is for you to attain."
Unity co-founder, Charles Fillmore. Talks on Truth, pg. 99
What can you imagine God to be? What can you imagine is possible to God? What is the highest potential within you? Within each of us? Have you ever wondered what is holding you back from expressing that potential fully? I certainly have.
I know there have been lots of times I have played small, simply because I didn't want to draw attention to myself. I did that a lot all the way through school, even on into college. Rarely was there a question asked in class that I didn't know the answer. And rarely did I raise my hand or speak out. Partly it was my naturally introverted orientation - despite what you may observe on Sundays, I'm pretty much 100% introvert. This pattern of playing small continued even when I was in my 40s and returned to college as a full-grown adult. I actually even tried it a bit when I was in ministerial school, although I realized fairly early on that it wouldn't serve anything.
Mostly, I just didn't want people to think I was showing off. I entered school in about 1960, and the cultural norm at that time was that girls shouldn't be "too" smart (even if we were quite amazingly brilliant!). Let me state very clearly that this was NOT a message I got from my family. I was blessed to be born into a family which operated under the assumption that we could do anything we set our minds to do. I've shared before my mom's response to my whiny-little-kid self's expression of boredom at a time our TV was not working: "Nita Marie, you've got two perfectly good hands and a brain that works. Go to your room until you can come back out here and show me you understand that." I knew resistance was futile.
Somewhere along the line, however, I assimilated a cultural message that my working brain mostly made other people uncomfortable, and this continued into adulthood. I was once asked by a co-worker to reduce my productivity, because I was skewing the department average "too high". It was about that time I really perfected hiding my lamp under a bushel.
I also know that it wasn't just girls who learned to tone down their light. Smart, intelligent boys were also looked down upon. As a young 'tween girl, I used to play the Barbie board game with my best friend, and getting a date with "Poindexter" was almost worse than no date at all. Not quite, of course, but almost...
While "people" may wish us to be mediocre and manageable, that is NOT what we are here to be. We are the brilliant radiant Light of Spirit expressing right here, right now, right where we are. We are the Intelligence of the Universe available and ready to speak, to act, to Be Good-Without-Opposite in the world today. Here. Now.
Somehow, mediocre and manageable have become what many want us to be. It is easier to control people who don't know their power. It is easier to manipulate the behavior of people who have lived under a bushel for so long that light hurts their eyes. We have, however, evolved the most wonderful ability to adjust our eyes and live in Light.
Mediocre and manageable asks us to play small, asks us not to skew the average too high. Mediocre and manageable asks us to be reasonable. Believing that our standard of achievement is whatever we can imagine to be possible to God is hardly reasonable. You are the Light of the world.
You are the Light of the world, and the rest of us need your help bringing that Light into wider expression.
What is your highest potential? Whatever you can imagine is possible to God is yours to achieve. You are the Light of the world. Shine brightly!
You are an AMAZING expression of God... I am thankful you are in the world!