" Each person who follows his or her own light is a light in the web. When what we do grows out of inner conviction that whatever it may be that we choose to do in a moment or in our lifetime is meaningful, there is soul in the choice. Who we are inside needs to find authentic expression in how we live. The love we feel for what we do brings us joy. The belief in the capacity of the human heart to love in spite of the expressions of despair and hatred that we see happening keeps the light glowing. It has to do with keeping faith; to believe that we matter and can make a difference, or even act as if this were so until it becomes an inner conviction. The child and the wiseperson are the lightbearers in the psyche who need to prevail over the fear of appearing naive and/or foolish, which the mind may counsel. Within ourselves and in the world, there are cynical forces that try to snuff out the lights - to make us distrust our intuition, devalue the wellspring of perennial wisdom that the soul otherwise naturally drinks from, and in fear choose power over love."
excerpted from Crossing to Avalon by Jean Shinoda Bolen