Ever since I can remember I’ve said, “It’s a strength to know our weakness.” Originally I thought it was to identify our weaknesses, limitations, vulnerabilities and differences so that we can compensate for them, but today I know otherwise. Today I know it’s about being authentic, shifting energy and the law of attraction.
Our greatest strength as a human race is our ability to acknowledge our differences; our greatest weakness is our failure to embrace them." --Judith Henderson
People are different. In fact, there are no two individuals alike. Even identical twins are different and it’s our differences which make us unique and magnificent. Only, how many of us hide our differences to fit it and be more accepted, and more loved?
Unfortunately, humankind’s failure to embrace differences creates feelings of weakness and vulnerability. Many feel like they need to hide their differences for protection, perhaps fearing they’ll be victims of discrimination. I dabbled on this subject and diversity in my novel Facades, and what I learned is that once you start hiding who you are it’s difficult to turn back.
I’m not only referring to the obvious variances people have been treated unfairly for, like race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or disabilities. There are a host of less obvious reasons people are discriminated against, like their weight, height, language, ethnic name and even being less than attractive. I’ve also known people with speech impediments, red hair or even no hair that have felt the sting of unfairness. Then there are other sources of vulnerability, like being homeless or living in a less desirable section of town, or having a learning disability.
When we were created there is a reason we were not birthed from a cookie-cutter mold. Or differences are seeds. If we bury our perceived vulnerabilities and not nourish them, we will not grow. If we shield ourselves from them, we will hold ourselves back. If we embrace them and nurture them however, we will release something amazing–our authentic self. By embracing our truth we set the stage to release vast potential.
It is possible that by expressing our weaknesses, shortcomings or differences we may be criticized or even rejected, at least initially. We may even feel isolated or alone. We may be labeled an outsider or a rebel. Deep within though, something greater will emerge.
Quantum physics teaches us that everything is energy. Everything vibrates at a certain frequency. All thoughts, all words, all feelings, all emotions carry a vibration which impacts our frequency. To simplify, to exude high vibrational feelings like love, peace, abundance will draw those experiences to us. Conversely, if we are hiding we will experience feelings of shame, guilt, fear and even anger, all of which vibrate at a significantly lower frequency. The law of attraction will continue to draw situations which generate those low energy feelings. New reasons to be ashamed, or angry, or fearful will emerge.
When we embrace our vulnerabilities, the need to hide from them vanishes. We’re authentic and perfect even with what we had previously thought to be a weakness. Our energy shifts as shame, guilt, and fear are replaced by contentment. Our frequency rises and we start drawing higher vibrational experiences into our life.
Those experiences or qualities which separate us are with us for a reason. They are seeds to make us stronger, to trigger growth and birth new life. When we embrace these differences we give ourselves permission to heal and grow. It is shame or guilt which lowers our energy but when living in a place of being true to ourselves our frequency increases and a sense of happiness emerges.
While I always have always said, “It’s a strength to know our weaknesses,” I know now it’s not about protecting ourselves from them, it’s about accepting who we are, embracing our own diversity, and recognizing the divinity within.