“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.” ~ Marianne Williamson
A while back, I created a spread to use for personal development called Being Me. This spread contains a card position that helps you look more closely at what you are afraid to own and therefore tend to project onto others. In the case of fear of success, we attribute others with all the positive qualities and ability to succeed that we shy away from out of fear. This type of projection is known as the ‘Golden shadow’ in Jungian terms.
While the Being Me spread is OK to use as it may reveal a Golden shadow. I felt it was too general and decided to create a spread that focuses more specifically on the Golden shadow and would provide a way to transmute any fears of success into a spirit of ‘feeling the fear and doing it anyway.’
1. Your greatest fear about stepping into your Epic Bigness
It could be a fear of losing people, a general fear of the unknown, a fear of having to assume more responsibility, feeling like a fraudster who is faking it, etc… This card will give you something to focus on so that you can tackle it head on.
2. Challenge to overcome this fear
In order to overcome this fear, you need to push past this boundary of your comfort zone. Or as Neale Donald Walsch would say:
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
3. Letting go of this
This is something that you will have to say bye-bye to or someone who will feel too challenged by your transformation into a butterfly of epic bigness. It could be a whole group of people (friends and/or family members). The card in this position will help you prepare for this part of the transition you are making.
4. New channel of support
This is a person, spirit guide, Angel or new network of people who you can rely on for support. Gradually, as you come into your own, you will start connecting with people who vibrate on your new, higher level.
5. Leadership responsibility
This will be a leadership quality that you will assume upon your transformation. Forget about the expectations of ‘others’ and remember that you are accountable to nobody but God. Or as Mother Theresa would say:
“In the end, it was always between you and God.”
I have also created the Golden Shadow spread which you might enjoy giving a whirl. You may even like to do both together for a more in-depth reading.