I’ve been afraid for so long.

Of stepping out of the shadows.

Of adding my voice to the crowd.

Of spreading my angel wings.

Of taking the leap.

Of stepping into myself and into the spotlight.

Of being heard.

Of being known.

Of being seen.

But true joy, true happiness, and true love don’t dwell in the shadows.

 

They thrive in the light.

 

By being our authentic selves, we’re adding magic to the world that wasn’t there before.

By hiding who we are, we deny the world a great service.

In writing this, with the inspiration and support of my fellow Wild Women, I embrace my power.

I accept this Greatness.

 

I own who I am.

 

My highest priority is my higher self.

I am unabashedly in love with my self.

I no longer withhold love and kindness from myself for fear of being selfish or making those who have yet to fall in love with themselves feel inferior.

By openly loving myself, I am allowing others to open up to loving themselves, too.

I am passionately in love with my soulmate.

I no longer hold back my love for him for fear that those who are still journeying towards their soulmate will feel inferior.

By openly loving everyone, I allow others to open up to love, too.

I am wonderfully in love with the Universe.

I no longer hide my optimism and enthusiasm for life for fear that I will be perceived as naive or unrealistic.

By expressing my love and gratitude for life, I am being a force of good in the world.

I believe in love. I believe in miracles. I believe in rainbows. I believe in the Universe. I believe in bear hugs. I believe in tie-dye. I believe in enlightenment. I believe in crystals. I believe in laughter. I believe in kindness. I believe in family. I believe in sisterhood. I believe in Spirit. I believe in green juices. I believe in veganism. I believe in art. I believe in trees. I believe in Angels. I believe in authenticity. I believe in pizza. I believe in flowers. I believe in turquoise. I believe in peace. I believe in the ocean. I believe in equality. I believe in magic. I believe in being the kind of person you want your children to be. I believe in books. I believe in Life. I believe in incense. I believe in candles. I believe in soulmates. I believe in the moon. I believe in nature. I believe in compassion. I believe in creativity. I believe in women. I believe in inspiration. I believe in blogging. I believe in tea. I believe in smiles. I believe in Karma. I believe in positivity. I believe in Mala beads. I believe in gratitude. I believe in writing. I believe in meditation. I believe in community. I believe in animals. I believe in yoga. I believe in joy. I believe in me.

I believe fun is sitting around the dinner table surrounded by good food, good people and good belly laughs.

I believe relaxation is spending all day Saturday in bed reading, writing, drinking tea and cuddling my husband.

 

I believe success is peace of mind.

 

I believe sisterhood will change the world.

I believe life is a roller coaster ride of blessins’ and lessons.

I believe passion is essential to happiness.

I believe enthusiasm ignites the Universe.

I believe forgiveness is healing.

 

I believe only love is real.

 

I believe all this and more.


 

This is who I am.

 

Some people think I’m ‘woo-woo,’ unrealistic, and weird.

I think there are much worse things to be called.

I believe, as Rumi did, that conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls.

 

My aim is not to please others, but to be so connected with my soul that it’s whispers are louder than the opinions of others.

 

What I know for sure is that being my complete self equals pure freedom.

Embracing my complete self equals pure bliss.

Sharing my complete self with the world will change lives.

It will attract like-minded souls into my life – and repel those who aren’t suited to me.

To help me along this life-changing road to freedom, I wrote myself a prayer.

I wrote it late at night, on my iPhone, while clutching my new turquoise angel pendant in my left hand and waiting in meditation for the words to flow.

I invite anyone who is afraid of their own greatness to recite this prayer whenever needed. I know I will be.

 

 

To our Greatness,

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lifecrush Rebecca

    Seriously, wow. I LOVE this, Jen! I can feel power, passion and peace radiating from you. I’ve just bookmarked this page. I’ll be back many times, I’m sure :)

    Also, this quote: “Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls.” Thank you! Exactly what I needed to hear.

    • http://twitter.com/smiling_heart Jen Saunders

      Thank you so much, Rebecca! Yes, I only just heard that Rumi quote for the first time yesterday, the Universe definitely provided there! I’m so happy you connected with it and my experience. Thanks so much :)

  • onelittlebuffalogirl

    You have no idea how perfect these words are for me today. I love you!!! And I believe!!! :-)

    • http://twitter.com/smiling_heart Jen Saunders

      I love you, too! :D It means so much to me to know that other women can connect so deeply with my personal experiences and lessons. We truly never are alone. Thank you :)

  • http://twitter.com/jessica_morrow Jess Morrow

    Jen–I loved this, as I always love your posts. Yay!! This made me want to jump for joy.

    • http://twitter.com/smiling_heart Jen Saunders

      Thanks, Jess! I’ve been alternating between jumping for joy and trembling in fear, but it’s more and more often jumping and dancing! So grateful to be surrounded by such inspiring women who support and understand me :)

  • Sara

    You wrote about my own experience. Being seen has been coming up for me a lot lately. I too am ready to step out of the shadows, it may be timidly at first but I’m will to take those steps. The prayer is perfect! Thank you for sharing!

    • http://twitter.com/smiling_heart Jen Saunders

      I can totally relate to you, Sara. Being seen is what scares me the most. But the more I sit still, pray and meditate, the easier it is to choose love and embrace my power. It doesn’t matter what your first steps look like, as long as you take them :) So happy you connected with my prayer. Thank you :)

  • Tricia Woods

    Just beautiful Jen! I love your energy and I feel your power. Helps me to notice mine. Thanks

  • http://januarysgirl.com/ Flo

    Your full self is so very beautiful, Jen. Everything about this post gives me goosebumps. I’ve been working on my own light, too, after hiding it for so long. Glad to know I’m not alone. <3

  • Kristie

    Jen, what a beautiful post and inspiration! I don’t always comment, but I always love your words and messages. Sometimes I feel like you are speaking right from my truest spirit. Just perfect. Thank you so much.

    Kristie

  • Wildvioletgoods

    Wow! This is amazing! Thank you for such wise words!!

  • http://joaniewhitewellness.com/ Joanie

    I believe too <3 thank you for reminding me at exactly the right time!

  • http://www.inthe-blue.com/ Kajal

    Thank you so much for this! I was just on Pinterest looking for quotes and came across your prayer! I am using it in my blogpost on owning your power. It really resonated with me, I have linked it back to this post of yours! Love and Light! xx