Ask not how you can shine more. Rather, ask what obscures the light that is already within you. Often, we get in the way of ourselves, to curb what exists. To curb what is already bright but not allowed to be seen.

A question incorrectly asked

The question of “how to shine more”, like all blind alleys, is a question incorrectly posed. It assumes that your natural state of being is not enough and must be built-upon to reach some higher place. This is no different to the fantasy of endless material progress that is at the centre of our global culture. The idea that only by adding more will things be better.

This societal narrative thus forms the unsurprising background for the idea that only by improving yourself will you shine more. The reality is that much of our so-called ‘self-improvements’ only work to obscure the light within us. For, the implicit starting point is that there is something wrong, something inadequate. There is then a hidden belief of not being ‘enough’. And, that’s what really needs looking at!

Hidden beliefs

So, rather than ask what more you need to do to be better, ask what you do that obscures the light that is already there?

How do you keep yourself small in everyday life?
What would it be like to cast aside the nagging doubts that stop you from expressing yourself in the fullest?
Where do these beliefs of not being enough come from?
How often are they whispering in your ear?

What obscures the light already within you?

If confidence is about having trust in specific abilities, what we are talking about here is a trust in your fundamental essence as a fractal of the entire realm of nature. A trust that allows inner clarity and self-confidence.

It is trusting in this light within you that is the foundation for living freely. For learning, acquiring skills and following a particular path, whatever that may be. What is important is recognising that whatever you acquire does not change the core essence of what already is.

And, this cannot be made or built. It can only be found, for it was always there within you. It was just obscured.


life coaching londonHarsha is a 1:1 coach and independent thinker based in London. He empowers people to find more clarity, confidence and focus in their lives — to cut through the noise, in a world so full of it. Harsha’s new book, Machine Ego: Tragedy of the Modern Mind, is now available in paperback and Kindle through Amazon.