6 Oct 2009

your playing small does not serve the world

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.

(c) Williamson, Marianne (1996). A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 0060927488. [From Chapter 7, Section 3])

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Often erroneously attributed to Nelson Mandela as part of one of his inaugural speeches of 1994: The first given on May 9th 1994 at Cape Town; the second given on May 10th 1994 at Pretoria. Marianne's comment on the error here.

REF: The African National Congress web site at http://www.anc.org.za



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