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Sandy Penny Speaks About Sandy Penny

It's always difficult to know what to say about one's self. As many times as I've helped others put their lives into words, I still get that pit-of-the stomach writer's feeling of facing the blank page each time I try to talk about me. I usually try to write in third person so it sounds like someone else is talking. It makes it easier to say what others might perceive as bragging, but for this page, I decided to face you, my readers, and speak directly to you.

I have been many things to many people: a mother, a friend, an author, muse, psychic adviser, healer, teacher, publisher, editor, technical writer, graphic designer, Web site consultant/trainer. I am still all those, and now, twice a grandmother, but those titles come from how others perceive me, and how I choose to serve the world. They are only what I do, not who I am.

I have been rich and poor. I have had many things and almost nothing, and I have come to know myself better through each of those experiences. I have learned that money is not the measure of a person's worth. I have been acclaimed and judged by others, and I have come to know my true self when confronted with the opinions of others, good and bad.

In my heart, I am an eternal being of love. I am on this planet to experience myself in the context  of others. In the Oneness where we all live and move and have our being, there is no other. It is difficult to see one's self without a mirror, so all the other people in my life mirror something back to me, show me something about the experience of this holographic world, and share their love with me. And, it doesn't always look like love, even though it truly is.

It is always interesting to me that we, as humans, try to make others more like us. We judge our differences, when the differences are what make this world so interesting. I want to embrace the limitless unique creativity of this universe and share in the creation of new experiences. I want to help others find and express their own uniqueness. I want to live, laugh, love and dance my own expression.

I am here to explore my own magnificence. How unique and wonderful can I be? I am here to ask unanswerable questions and live with the results of asking. I am here to break through false restrictions and fears and embrace the highest and best visions of myself and everyone I meet. I am here to change the world, and so are you. Let's do it together. I so need playmates.

My Favorite Poem

Our Deepest Fear

By Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us.
It's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we're liberated from our own fear,  our presence automatically liberates others.