Saturday, September 16, 2006

Our Deepest Fear...

Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
but that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, 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 is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.


- Nelson Mandela

Marianne Williamson from her book A Return to Love

1 comment:

dexkid said...

Well that is quite a different outlook.. one so overwhelming with confidence and yet not crossing the borders of arrogance!
Felt really good after reading this.