How the Divine Wants Me to Shine

How the Divine Wants Me to Shine


I have not been one to seek guidance in life, create a vision board, check the stars or consult a coach. However, I recently felt adrift from what I was meant to do in life and figured I would toss my to fate to the Divine and see what happens. At 2:17am, my life path was illuminated using a song lyric from The Killers. (Read: My Divine is pretty awesome . . . well, other than the 2:17am thing!)

The other night my cat woke me up at 2:17 in the morning, seeking attention. I tried to roll over and ignore the persistent and possibly concussion-inducing headbutts from my 12-pound feline friend, but he had knocked a song lyric into my head.

It was almost as if his furry head had bumped into a CD player with one song lyric stuck on repeat:

“I don’t shine if you don’t shine.”

I tried to tune out the lyric from The Killers’ “Can You Read My Mind.” I reminded myself that it is me who controls my thoughts. I can push the stop button on the insistent loop.

But I couldn’t.

I was even aware of my own thoughts as the phrase repeated itself over and over. It was like this battle between two parts of my brain for thought dominance.

“I don’t shine if you don’t shine.”

The day before I had invoked the “Divine” or spirit or communal stardust I call my reality for a little bit of guidance.

Have you ever felt a drift? Perhaps a bit unsure of your role in the world? The good you were created to contribute? Well, if so, you are not alone.

I have been feeling disconnected from my path. I know there has been something right on the edges of my vision, lurking for its chance to come out. I feel its power but I’m not sure how to summon it.

And, in this book club I currently belong to, I was inspired by the strength of the women who knew in their heart, their gut, what their what in life was. How do you find that? How do you find the passion? How do you stop drifting from one thing to another seeking fulfillment?

Since the book, called “Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead” by Tosha Silver, encourages us to not focus on the how (or the path) but the what, I figured I would let the Divine take the lead. I wouldn’t try to figure it out but wait for the time when that powerful feeling that has been building manifests its presence.

Have at it, Divine.

“I don’t shine if you don’t shine.”

I got up the next morning and, like anyone would do, I Googled the song lyrics. I read about how it is the lead singer’s favourite song and I learned how to say it in Latin.

But what does it mean?

And then I found a post about Shine Theory from Ann Friedman, which states:

When you meet a woman who is intimidatingly witty, stylish, beautiful, and professionally accomplished, befriend her. Surrounding yourself with the best people doesn’t make you look worse by comparison. It makes you better.

Ann Friedman

There’s been a blog theme or idea I’ve been kicking around for a bit regarding the kick-ass women in my life. “With a little help from my friends” is about the life lessons I have learned from friends, co-workers and even family members that have made a huge impact in my life.

But maybe its time to light a fire under that project.

For I think the Divine is telling me it’s time for all of us to shine.

I'm a writer/marketing/creative type living in Gibsons, BC with a tendency to fly by the seat of my pants, sample fantastic micro-brews and spin epic tales.

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