Often we think we don’t have the power to effect change in any sort of meaningful way. But the truth is: You are Powerful Beyond Measure. From time to time, I will post a blog post that feature people who have demonstrated amazing power against all odds.
The same power that’s in them is in us all, proving we possess the power to drastically change our own circumstances and that of our surroundings.
The title, “Powerful Beyond Measure,” is inspired by the famous poem written by author and spiritual teacher, Marianne Williamson (see full poem at the bottom of the page).
This is the story of Zarifa Qazizadah.
I have dedicated nearly all of my working hours to the country of Afghanistan since 2009. On any given day, I know much better what is happening in Kabul than I do in the U.S. or Europe. So please believe me when I say that Zarifa Qazizadah has defied all odds.
According to interviews, Zarifa Qazizadah was married at the age of 12, and is now mother of 15 and grandmother to 36. She is the only female village head in Afghanistan (that we know of) and was selected by her community.
She was ridiculed when she first indicated that she wanted to occupy political office until she started achieving extraordinary results, like single handedly bringing electricity to her village. Zarifa has also sponsored the building of Afghanistan’s first mosque that is designed so that men and women can pray together and heads her village’s women’s council that is holding trainings for women in self-empowerment.
At night, she patrols the streets dressed in men’s clothing, wearing a fake beard and mustache to ensure the streets are safe. See links below to learn more about this amazing woman.
I ask you to pray for Zarifa’s safety and send her some supportive, protective energy. There are people in Afghanistan who won’t want her to succeed. But we can help by offering our prayers of support.
If you know someone personally or are inspired by a story in the news of someone who is Powerful Beyond Measure, send their story to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Greatest Fear —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 and 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 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.