I love this phrase: It literally means, squeeze yourself, press yourself out. And this can be taken to mean a few different things that are actually all related. One is press or squeeze your “self” out—the selfishness, the greed, the fear. The other is press or squeeze your “self” out—your real self, the self God wants you to be; the self that is joyously and wonderfully perfectly imperfect. I’ll get to one other way to look at this phrase in a moment, but first I want to talk a little more about these first two ways of viewing the phrase: express yourself.
Either one of these ways implies suffering. Pressing out your self-centeredness hurts. Squeezing out from under the heavy rocks of your doubts and fears isn’t easy either. Likewise, letting your real, talented, lovely, and beautiful self out hurts too. And there is risk involved. Others might not approve. Others might be jealous. Others might be frightened when you step into your power and make significant, radical, and lasting changes.
Yet both of these types of expressions yield fruit. If we think of squeezing the juice from lemons and then making lemonade, we can imagine there being something good on the other side of our suffering. If we imagine pressing the oil from olives to make olive oil and then cook up a yummy meal, we can imagine there being joy on the other side of the pain.
So keep discovering who you really are. Keep living your dreams. Express yourself and rejoice. And as long as your self expression is lawful, and for the true betterment of the world, there is nothing to fear.
And this brings us to the last way I want to talk about expressing yourself. Deep down, within all of us, is a Larger Self—a Divine Self—the Wonder Child. Try expressing That, and see how your life and the lives of those around you change for the better. Allow This to be pressed out from under the heavy rocks of inhibition and doubt. Let This shine forth from the under the veil of dark fears and resentments. Share This Self by being yourself, and all will be right with the world.
Wednesday, April 27th
Your Heart’s Desire arrives
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