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Episode 207: The Power of Serving as an Actor

core work Nov 30, 2022

Ask Me Anything

Marianne Williamson

“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.” 

My manifesto for my life is to inspire.

It is the one word that I feel describes what my purpose on this planet is to do. I wake up, and I show up for duty.

What’s your one word purpose?

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

And I believe it is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us because it is not our darkness that we need to take responsibility for. But it is our light. It is our talent.

Every single one of us has a purpose. 

As your life gets bigger, it requires more of your attention.

Because I cannot give away what I have not given myself.

You not being your best; who the fuck does that serve?

You hiding your talent that has been so freely given to you? Who the hell does that serve? 

You're not being generous and fabulous and showing your light and being who you really are. Who does that serve? The answer is no one except maybe your ego.

There's the ego mindset, which is finite and is only what is in me. And then there is the universal mindset, which is infinite. Which plugs into that universal intelligence.

There is power in serving. Because when you serve, you get out of yourself. When you are out of yourself, and you are serving, you are no longer in fear.

I am so done with playing small so that people around me feel more comfortable.

If you don't feel comfortable being around me, don't hang around me.

I want to concentrate on serving one because it makes me happy. Inspiring brings me more joy than anything else in the world, no matter what form it is.

It's not my job to help you feel better by diminishing myself.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

If you go on social media and you see somebody do something. And it makes you feel bad about yourself. Ask yourself, what do I not want to take responsibility for? 

When one of your friends wins an award or one of your friends makes a short film, and it gets voted best something at the Grand Canyon Film Festival. Congratulate them.

Thank them for showing you that it is possible. 

Isn't that much better than just feeling shitty about yourself? That doesn't serve anybody. That doesn't do anything. 

I want to inspire you to do something. To be brave. To serve, because when you serve through your craft, through your talent, you are a positive force in this world. And, my God, we need a powerful force.

So be that in your world.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. That is the power of serving as an actor.

By you doing your work as an artist. You help other people, but you also help yourself, which only enables you to help more people.

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