The World Needs Your Brilliance

Do you ever wonder why you’re here on Earth, in this time and space?

Do you worry about the future and the state of the planet, but think that I’m just one person, so I can’t really do much to make things better?

Do you look at your to-do list or calendar and wonder why you’re running around like crazy without seeming to get anywhere?

Maybe these questions – or others like them – come bubbling up at night, when you wake up suddenly or are trying to get to sleep. Or maybe they’re just present in the back of your mind as you go through your day.

Know this: You are an integral part of the web of life. The actions you take, the choices you make, the kindness you share – it all makes more of a difference than you might suspect.

You are here to share your particular flavor of brilliance. Your wisdom, your humor, your creativity, your kindness, your talents and skills – are all the things that make you unique.

There is no one else exactly like you in the whole cosmos.

Isn’t that something to cherish?

Yet we forget, or we don’t quite believe that we’re good enough. We careen through our days trying to do better. We give our all, but to the wrong things, the ones that deplete us instead of lighting us up.

Maybe you feel like you’ve lost your way and you’re not quite sure who “the real you” is, when it comes right down to it.

So, what can you do about it?

First, acknowledge to yourself that you are enough, that you have gifts to share and that you truly are valued – just as you are.

Next, do some deep diving to find your treasures. Look at the things you most loved to do as a child, the dreams you had as a teenager and the longings that pull at you in quiet moments. Investigate the clues.

What are your callings? Yes, you can have more than one, and no, they don’t (necessarily) have to be associated with your career or job.

Your callings don’t have to be grand, save-the-world kind of things, although they might be. How can you best share your brilliance? There are many possible answers: raising awesome kids, crafting sacred jewelry, writing a book, rescuing aging horses, healing your childhood trauma, building theater sets, learning to meditate or doing art therapy with cancer survivors (just to name a very few).

Then, take action today to make space for your callings. Think “baby steps.” Often information gathering comes first. Call an acquaintance who works with horses, sign up for a meditation class or gather prices for jewelry-making supplies.

Sure, these are tiny steps, but your actions not only move you toward your callings – they will also inspire others to pursue theirs. This ripple effect has a huge impact over time as we collectively support one another in shining our brilliance into the world.

Finally, be consistent in walking the path to your dreams. Your callings are valid and will lead you to amazing new ways to share your brilliance. Make them a priority in your life. Even if you still don’t know just where you’ll end up, follow the clues and step out onto the path. You’ll be guided along the way.

We each hold a piece to the puzzle of creating a new, more conscious and kinder society. Don’t hold back. Let yourself shine.

Nikki Starcat Shields is an author, writing coach and leader of transformational writing retreats. She's also a licensed Pagan priestess. She invites you to a process of unfolding creativity. The world needs your unique wisdom - now is the time to finally take your inspired book idea and bring it forth into the world. Learn more at

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