Excerpt from book “Shine Baby Shine” by Dr. Carol Ann Washburn – art work by Cheri’ Lynn Johnson

“Shine Baby Shine” is offered as encouragement  to step forth and share with the world our Soul  imprint.  Since it is scientifically proven that we are all made up of energy, and part of one large cosmic whole, then the true tone of ”all that is” can only be heard when we each sound our note.   A puzzle only represents a complete, coherent picture when all of the pieces are in place.  As we express the true uniqueness of who we are we create the beautiful tapestry of God’s creation.   As we let our unique light shine forth we co-create the radiance of Spirit’s perfection. To express the essence of our Soul’s perfection  is our vision, our birthright and our choice.  A choice that is made moment to moment.

We can live the message of “Love One Another” when we have the opportunity to honestly know one another.  We allow ourselves to be known and to know when we let love lead us rather than fear. In each moment we are faced with the choice to act with love or fear as our motivator.

Believing this to be true, how do we begin to actually know our own internal guidance?  How do we connect with that deepest place of knowing that resides within our own hearts?  What assists us in identifying and following our own personal preferences rather than simply reacting based on what we think others would want us to do?  Maybe we have been instructed, coerced, manipulated or cajoled into being certain ways in certain situations.  Maybe we believe if we were truly as we would like to be we would not be loved or appreciated by the almighty “they”.  Maybe we have even dared to let our own personal light shine forth and have been judged, condemned or ostracized by society at large or people we really value.   The risks of being authentic are many and real.  Yet, it seems with authenticity comes incredible resiliency and strength.   Receiving love or rejection from others, when we are true to ourselves, assists us in tapping into our personal wellspring of honesty and security.   Gandhi was once asked, “ Who is God?”, and he replied, “God is Truth”.  He was then asked,  “what is truth?”  And he replied,  “The answer is equally simple,   truth is the light of  the soul’s aspiration, and when you surrender to it wholeheartedly, it will take you under it’s wing and you will become invulnerable”.   There is safety in honesty.  There is ease in authenticity.  There is joy in expressing the true song of our heart.  There is love all around.