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“The scary thing about allowing your light to shine through you is that you cannot control what you attract.”

i love this callback to what i think was one of your older pieces - the idea of shining your light in order to attract people on a similar wavelength. it’s scary because we’d rather be the ones following the trail of someone’s light (we know who we’re approaching) rather than the other way around, but at the end of the day allowing your light through doesn’t just attract people that might change your life — it also allows you to be more authentically you.

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I feel the power 😤

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Apr 12Liked by Isabel

Beautifully and convincingly written!

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This came to me at the perfect time. As an artist/writer, I write so many drafts that I leave unpublished because I’m concerned about how I will be perceived. I also have an art instagram that I leave private with only 5 followers because I’m so afraid people will think my art is bad. A lot of my work is related to trauma and dark topics, so I’m also afraid how people will think of me if I reveal it.

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I agree with you that hiding is more self-absorbed. When you're constantly concerned with hiding your gifts and talents or presenting them in a sufficiently "humble" way, you're also constantly preoccupied with conceptions of hierarchy. When you follow your natural curiosities and let your gifts shine through honestly, I think you connect more deeply with the truth that you're no better or worse than anyone else, that everyone has their own unique gifts.

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"Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide." - Donald Winnicott

I shared this recently on Instagram and it struck a cord. To me, it sums up the difficulty we face knowing we carry something bursting to be released, while struggling with our ego. Thank you for sharing this beautiful writing.

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this stoked a fire in me ❤️

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Well said. It's very nice to read a book about "power" written by a woman. We must respect our own power just as we respect our heart. The world is full of articles written about "allowing oneself to be weak," but I have a very different idea. We must believe we are strong, very strong. Weakness is a vice to be eradicated. Human, yes, always. Weak, never. We are souls.

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Good 😊👍🏼 one

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SO SO GOOD

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great as per usual

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Very well written...loved this one🌟♥️

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To do the thing right (what’s expected; comply) or do the right thing (the unexpected; commit). It’s a dilemma.

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a beautifully inspiring piece and the perfect thing I needed to read in this current phase of my life

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It's a funny thing how we withhold our magic, our unique greatness under this weird guise of humility

Thats why I feel writing (or any act of creativity) can be such a powerful tool as you're affirming your existence, standing tall in the face of that "humility" and saying the world deserves to have this unique piece of me

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