Our deepest fear...
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 is
nothing enlightened about shrinking so that
other people won't feel insecure about you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to 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.
An excerpt from A Return To Love:
Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
Harper Collins, 1992, (from Chapter 7, Section 3)
by Marianne Williamson.
Urban Legend: There was a rumor that Nelson Mandella originated this excerpt in his
inauguration speech in 1994. Contrary to rumor, this excerpt was never used in his speech
(which was two years after Marianne published her book).
Nelson Mandela's 1994 Inauguration Speech:
South Africa Government Online website
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