Are you afraid of your own brilliance?

by yiye

Many ex-corporate-colleagues know that I am a coach/mentor/teacher now, so they have started to ask me more in-depth questions about themselves.

And I always want to re-direct them to recognise their gifts. The gifts that are from their souls and spirit, which are their birthright.

For me, the root cause of any frustration is that you forget to share your gifts!

That’s when conversations tend to end.

Many don’t believe that they have gifts.

Others half-believe it but don’t feel comfortable to step into a much more exciting arena.

Some people start to turn away from me when this topic is hit.

But I know that what they turn away from is not me, it is their own brilliance.

Are you afraid of your own brilliance?

Most of us are.

Marianne Williamson summed it up exceptionally well:

“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.”

You don’t have to refer it to “God” if you are not comfortable with the word. I call it source/Tao/All-that-is/Universe.

The source is really inside you, in every single cell of your body.

However, we are programmed to live with fears. We fear to feel great.

We are worried about what if our happiness will all disappear in the next minute.

We prepare for the worst, because we are insecure about the future and results. We use this approach to “protect us” so that we can feel alright when the outcome is slightly better than the worst case scenario.

However, ultimately,

Insecurity = low self-esteem

Deep down most of us don’t think we deserve greatness. Whether it is rooted from your upbringing or your imprint, it is one of the greatest lies.

Do you feel the shift of energy at a global level lately? There is a new wave of people who celebrate their creativity, gifts, light and love everyday? It’s time for you to join the club! Or if you are already in, shine yourself brighter!

You are meant to live big. I am not talking about being famous, driving a Porsche along the street or living in a mansion, however if that actually gives you a deep sense of inner-peace, by all means go for it.

But you are meant to shine your light, be abundant. You are meant to have it all.

You are meant to create, to enjoy, to serve, to heal and to inspire.

You may say “but I am in a dark place right now”.

Of course you are in a dark place, and your light might even attract more darkness.

But you are not here by accident, you are here so that you can bring light to others!

How are you going to fight the darkness? Get angry or upset?

No, you will shine your light regardless. You will be still and hold your light high. Ever seen the lighthouse at night? So calming and comforting – and that is your presence!

That’s how you are going to fight the darkness, my dear friend – by not fighting.

“You are who you are” means “you are who you are regardless”.

Not “you are who you are, as long as they are who they are.”

Do you know that you have a best friend and master living inside you? S/he is gifted, wise and centred. Your job is only to ALLOW it to come through.

You have been waiting all the time to re-connect with him/her.

Wake up, NOW.

It can only be done by a pure and strong intention. I don’t have a list of actions this time. Because it must be from a clear decision within.

“Oh, but I don’t think the timing is appropriate now. I need to finish my qualifications, sign off the holiday, get married, buy a house, set up my own business and leave this rat race….etc first.”

Every moment is appropriate, dear ones.

So be it.

Love always,

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“We fear to feel great” – ooo, very thought provoking. Really enjoyed this shot of inspiration!


Hey Jane, thanks so much for dropping by, look forward to getting to know you more 🙂


Dearest Yiye,

You truly are amazing!!!!
I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and it’s like every time you hit the nail straight in the head..! Every time I feel like this light bulb above my head is starting to shine a bit brighter… This is stuff we all know but have forgotten.
I really admire your bravery. I wish to follow you there.

Thank you so very much.

Lots of love,


Hey Hanna! thanks so much for connecting and your kind words. I am sure you’ll live a way your heart truely desires 🙂 thanks for sharing your journey, i look forward to getting to know your more.

Sending all my love
Yiye x


Whoa. I needed this right now. I like how you highlight and reiterate that every moment is important. Yes. This. Perfection. 🙂


yay, dear Arwen shine your brightest 🙂


I love this post, Yiye! It’s so true and so clearly written. Thank you for sharing this message with us and I have been thinking about shining brighter : ). I have finally decided to embrace my soul work and I am so happy about it. The next challenge is to create a business that really sustains me.

Big hugs, Karina (from the Goddess Circle)


Hey Karina, thanks so much for dropping by and great to connect with you. Sending you love and energy for your new adventure!
big hugs

Debbie Goode

First time here… it….


Thanks Debbie, welcome! and I look forward to knowing you more!
sending love

Vanessa King

Oooh, BRILLIANT! I am really struggling with exactly this right now. All sorts of feelings – knowing I’m much more than I am right now, fear of becoming all that I am, uncertainty about how to get there, who will I be when I’m fully me, all sorts of crazy questions! Reading posts like yours helps a lot, so pleased to have connected with you on the Goddess Circle xx


Dear Vanessa – thanks for dropping by! so great to connect with you too.
Taking the initial step is always a bit hard but brave like you, will get used to it and enjoy the higher frequency.
Sending love

Nancy Norbeck

Thanks for this post, Yiye! I have that Marianne Williamson quote up on my bathroom mirror where I see it every day, but a reminder is always welcome! Our culture is so fear-based that it can be tough to remember that fear is almost always optional. We forget so easily.


Hey Nancy, great to have you here! it’s wonderful that you put Marianne’s quote on your mirror! – it will train your subconscious brain well 🙂
sending love


I couldn’t agree more with this post. I adore that quote by Marianne Williamson. I am shining my light and stepping up. I strongly feel it’s now time to help others; to inspire them to take action. See you soon 🙂


yay Jane, I ceraintly feel your light too!
thanks for dropping by!

Lesley Reid Cross

Ever so true! I actually just posted to my blog this week about how we learn to dim our light (though it’s a parenting related post, rather than business/creativity). The world is so much more of a beautiful place when we all shine through. Thank you!


hey Lesley, just checked out your website, beautiful design and wow you are certified by Martha Beck!
I used to dislike my physical form – my aha moment came during a dance lesson. My teacher has a perfect body and long arms which make her so elegant and charming to watch, however she was complaining her arm “being too long like monkey’s”!! that’s when i realised it’s about attitude not the body itself. Everyone should appreciate every inch of him/herself…

Lisa Clark

Beautifully written article Yiye!! We met at the B-school get together the other day. You are so on purpose; I can feel your heart, authenticity, and soul in every word. Will look forward to reading your future posts.
Lisa x


Hey Lisa, thanks so much for dropping by! and thanks for your kind words..
It was great to meet you all last Thurs! And I look forward to our next one!
yiye x

Kim (Mirror Moon Tarot)

So clear and true, I love this! And that Marianne Williamson quote is so near and dear to my heart.


Hey Kim, thanks for connecting!
Sending love

samantha jenkins

I agree with all of this …I could have written it myself, except I couldn’t of course because this is your light shining in the world. Great job, keep shining!!!


Hey Sam thanks – you keep shining too!
Love your blog but still can’t commenting for some reason…


this is pretty amazing.



Allie Atkinson

Yiye, this is amazing! I agree that I can be scared of the light. But recognising the light and moving towards it are like muscles. As we use them more, they become stronger. Soon the ‘exercises’ that we were doing and struggling with are easy and we need to move on to more difficult things! Thanks for the reminder. Things that I were doing a year ago that were hard now come to me easily. So the things that I find hard today, with practise will be the things that I look back on in a year and say, “hard, really?”


Hey Allie! many congratulations for taking all the steps and getting where you are now today. Keep shining your light – the world needs you!
All my love

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