Stepping Into Your Spotlight

This month found me in NYC at the “Stepping Into Your Spotlight” event hosted by Holistic MBA. It was a fitting name for an event as I found myself at a crossroads in my career. Just a few days prior, I had learned that the site I worked on would be closing. This meant that I would be losing the opportunity to coach and support on the behavior platform. It also meant that I had an opportunity to “step into my spotlight.” As someone who has worked diligently to shift from Victim to Creator, I found myself looking for the opportunity to grow and learn. Instead of using the experience to drop into my “stuff,” I’m using this change to stretch into my spotlight and coach full-time in my own business.
Take a moment to reflect on your own life. How might current change be an opportunity for you to grow and step into your spotlight? Notice if you want to use the situation against yourself, to feed into victim consciousness. Create a gap right now in this moment where you clearly see the different choices available to you. You can choose to connect with your “stuff,” poor me and self-pity. If that comes up for you, acknowledge it without judgment. Or notice a different choice, a new way of being. There is always a choice to look at things in a new and different way then before. Look for the blessing in the situation. What can you learn about yourself and your process from this experience? How might this experience take your consciousness to new heights? Listen quietly within and receive your message. Allow yourself to connect with yourself and receive support. Ground your message by leaving a comment below.

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  1. Wes Richards on May 12, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    What struck me most about your blog is how much it resonated with me in spite of the title being representative of my greatest fear. I don’t seek out attention and the only experiences I’ve had being the center of attention have been negative. It remains one of my biggest fears. But when you spoke of looking at things in new and different ways and choosing to not connect with your “stuff”, I realize this is what I’m manifesting now…. but, only in part. A large part of the resistance I hold onto, that I didn’t realize until now, is based in fearing “the spotlight”. Attention, because it’s always been negative, keeps me from my potential and keeps me small. Even as I strive to shift to Creator, Victim manifests in my avoiding what I need to do to shift to Creator if it means stepping into a spotlight. This is a big awareness for me as I move forward in my process. Thank you so much, Bev, for sharing this.

    • bevsartain@gmail.com on May 13, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      Wes, the “spotlight” of life can be scary. I’ve noticed that stepping into my spotlight has been a process. After experiencing trauma from life’s challenges, our expression can close and shut off. I’ve worked diligently of sharing myself, being vulnerable and voicing myself. These are all ways that we can step into our spotlight. What might be one step you could take to step into your spotlight?

      • Wes on May 21, 2015 at 9:57 pm

        Sorry Bev, I didn’t see this until now. Similarly to you, I would say that my process is the means by which I’m stepping into my spotlight. My process has been one of finding a voice, something worth speaking and the worthinness to be able to speak it. This has lead to me sharing vulnerably online which is consequently leading to greater emotional intimacy with those
        I’m close to. There’s a confidence and ease of being that has been noticeably absent all my life that is now making itself more and more conspicuous in my interpersonal interactions with others around me. For the first time, I’m acknowledging to myself that I am both worthy and capable of creating my own possibilities, including exploring the possibility of a career change. Since resolving to use all of my experiences in life towards evolving my consciousness, everything that makes me anxious or depressed, even excited or happy is becoming an opportunity to step into my spotlight.

        • bevsartain@gmail.com on May 22, 2015 at 6:33 pm

          So wonderful! Just love hearing your expression taking place. Spotlight insinuates being grand; however stepping into your spotlight can be showing up for yourself in everyday activities and relationships. Classmates used to ask our spiritual teachers, “how long does healing take?” I always loved the answer. “I takes as long or as short as you want it to.” I always liked that idea because it was about my ownership of my experience. Once that process starts to take place, healing can happen quite quickly. I think you are experiencing that in your own life. You are finding the spotlight isn’t so bad. Furthermore, what can stepping into the spotlight teach us? When we take the learning approach to life, transformation is inevitable.

          • Wes Richards on May 22, 2015 at 10:07 pm

            Forgive me, Bev, for engaging every reply and rhetorical question you pose but doing so has become an enjoyable and enlightening part of my process 🙂 I’m loving the analogy of stepping into the spotlight precisely because it represents a fear that keeps me small; that of being the focus of attention and the anxiety that has created for me in the past. This analogy reminds me that my process is one of aligning with higher self, which would insinuate moving away from that which would keep me small. Avoiding my own spotlight and staying with what’s familiar and comfortable but ultimately painful doesn’t connect me to higher self. Stepping into the spotlight teaches me to dare despite fear and to grow from failure. And I want to see life as a process or journey of healing without any time limits. As if the point of this human experience is to heal towards divinity. So I connect with stepping into the spotlight as a process of learning what keeps me small and daring to challenge those feelings, beliefs, habits and experiences to move towards authenticity and truth.



          • bevsartain@gmail.com on May 23, 2015 at 6:38 pm

            Wes, I appreciate so much the exchange. In fact, I love the example you set here because my hope is that more people will read, question and share their interpretation of how the concept relates to them and their life. Thank you for engaging. It shows your earnest desire to dig deep and evolve beyond status quo. The spotlight is this beautiful light that is shining on our expression. Our ego seems to think our flaws are being displayed. I, too, have had the experience of feeling so vulnerable in the light. It’s as if I have to get use to the light, get use to my strengths, talents and gifts. Again, thank you for engaging your process and sharing it with me and other people.



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