The Risk of Shining Outweighs the Risk of Blending In!

Photo Courtesy of Lake County Forest Preserve

Making the decision to live from the truth of who you really are verses blending in with the status quo is indeed risky. It might mean people will see ALL of you even those parts where you feel you are imperfect. It might mean everyone won’t like you for speaking your mind or not giving up space to their dramas.

You can blend in, going with the flow of others instead of your own but in the end, you’ll find you are asking yourself why. When you blend in, you lose a part of yourself. For some, blending in is the very thing they need and want to do. They don’t want to upset the apple cart so to speak. They are content living their lives from the programming set up for them by parents, teachers or society. They are not wrong for wanting this and you are not wrong for wanting something different!

The rare pink katydid shown in the picture is beautiful! She runs the risk of being seen and eaten by any number of predators. Unlike the other katydids she does not blend in with the leaves for safety. She shows herself. What a shame it would be if we did not have a chance to see her! This katydid is rare and unique…just like YOU! There is no one like you anywhere and you have a contribution to make. You might not realize it but you do. We ALL do!

When you bring your rare, unique energy in to your body you stand out in a crowd.  There is no camouflage and it might feel uncomfortable at first. Although standing out in a crowd, living life to the beat of your own drum is risky you will find great value in doing so. It allows you to bring forth and create a life you are passionate about living! What’s the point of living a day-to-day existence if you are not living your dream?

Deciding to be your own person may take some healing in areas of your life where you’ve lived from someone else’s picture of what or who you are. You might need to clear pain, heal past wounds or let go of being responsible for someone else’s pain. There is nothing noble or enlightened about carrying around other peoples pain and not shining so others are comfortable. You have a divine right to be here and you have a divine right to shine.

Choosing to show your true colors to the world opens up a whole new world for you! Isn’t it interesting that the rare pink katydid flourishes despite the risk of showing herself? She might be rare but she exists, proudly showing her bubblegum pink self for all to see. So to you I say; Show yourself and make your contribution to the world! Come out, come out wherever you are!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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~Giving & Receiving~For Life!

Drawing by Larry Green

There are just some days that renew ones faith in humankind.  They are days that are magical and serve to remind us of how the gifts we give and receive can impact our lives for the rest of our lives! 

In a recent conversation with a dear friend’s husband, Larry Green, my thoughts about giving and receiving were rocked to the core. As a clairvoyant I’m blessed to work with a lot of givers and healers. I have always found it interesting how many people can give yet have difficulty receiving.   In all things there must be balance so to give you must be able to receive and visa versa! You also must be able to “have” what you are given.

“From landscapes to the human figure, I find beauty in people, places and things that others would find inappropriate; to not reject what others find different. This is what I try to achieve. Sometimes what makes us feel uncomfortable defines who we are.”  ~Larry Green

I’m not going to tell Larry’s story, I’ll let him do that and link it here when it’s done, but I will tell you about our conversation and a bit of background. Larry was in end stage renal failure and had to have dialysis 3 times a week while waiting for a kidney. Our conversation took place only a few days before he was to receive a kidney transplant from an altruistic donor. Larry is not related to the angel woman who was donating and in fact only met her because of her self-less decision to give him one of her kidneys.  A true gift of life for sure!

As Larry was telling me his story and how he found his donor I was struck by the enormity of it. This woman was willing to go into surgery and give a complete stranger one of her kidneys! Seriously, that brings the meaning of giving to a whole new level! She could literally save a life by giving from her body consciously, without reservation and no strings attached. Nothing expected in return. I don’t know about you but I really don’t think I could do something like that for someone I’ve never met. This woman truly is an angel who walks the earth!

I voiced my complete admiration for this woman to Larry and as if my heart wasn’t full enough from hearing about her, Larry went on to tell me his feelings about it. This woman quite literally was giving him a new life! I could hear the depth of emotion in his voice as he not only told me how grateful he is but that he felt a great deal of responsibility to honor and care for his gift.  He told me that now he not only must care for himself and his body but that he is also caring for another person whose gift and energy now lives inside of him.  This takes receiving and caring for one’s body to a whole new level!

There are few gifts in this world that are greater than the gift of life. I know from personal experience about the gift of life. My Dad had a heart transplant in 1991. Although he passed in 2001 the heart that he received gave him (and US) 10  years he otherwise would not have had.

I urge you to look into and consider the gift of organ donation.  Registering gives those who are waiting for transplants hope. For more information and/or to register in your state: U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services For information on altruistic donation visit Living Kidney Donor Network.

You don’t need to be an altruistic donor or to have received a transplant to know how important it is to appreciate and care for the gifts you receive; Or how giving cleanly can bring you the greatest joy of knowing you gave new life to another but maybe by reading this your perspective will shift and you’ll have a change of  heart! 🙂 ~Shine Your Light Debbie

Larry Green is  an artist and friend based in Chicago. Both he and his donor are both recovering and doing well. You can contact Larry via his website at

This is my 100th blog post! Gratitude and appreciation to all of you for supporting and reading this blog each week! Thank you from the depths of my heart!

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Debra is a gifted clairvoyant reader, spiritual healer and intuitive coach providing insight and guidance to clients around the world. Based in Chicago, Debra also leads meditation workshops that help people awaken to their own truth and spiritual gifts. To schedule a session or for more information on readings and workshops please visit her website or send an email request to .