Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Our deepest fear...

The following quote is often attributed to Nelson Mandela and his 1994 inaugural speech, but it is, in fact, an excerpt from Marianne Williamson's book A Return to Love: Reflections On The Principles of A Course In Miracles, page 165:

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 famous?"

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't 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 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 consciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.