As a kindergarten teacher, one of the first songs I teach my class is the old American spiritual, "This Little Light of Mine." It's a favorite because it affirms—musically—my faith in the transcendent qualities we each possess. Here's a quotation from Maryanne Williamson that expresses my sentiment well:
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
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 are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.