Sunday, February 8, 2009

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate...

“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 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 is not just in some of us; it is 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.”

Marianne Williamson in Return to Love, 1992

5 comments:

Angie ^i^ said...

This quote is beyond powerful to me! When I heard it the first time, I didn't fully absorb its meaning. After listening to it several more times, then reading it, and studying it... I got the most amazing WOW moment.

OweMe1Cannoli said...

Very cool quote, Angie. I've never heard it before and I love profound quotes. Guess I gotta get out more.

It's nice to be empowered by others ... not so much to be more than ... but rather to be simply who you are.

Thanks for posting!

Jim said...

Angie I love that quote! In fact, I read it three times.

Jinxie said...

Wow, awesome quote Angie! Amazing!

VoteNovember2008 said...

I've studied Marianne since the early 90's and have seen her lecture in person. I always loved her until I saw her in person, paying big bucks to see her and she intrjected her political opinions into the lecture. It was disappointing. The exact same thing happened with Deepak Shopra. I knew what their political leanings were and they were far different from my own but I still had respect for their enlightenment but I didn't want to pay good money to hear it. I still listen and read about them, but it has definitely affected my opinions on their motivations. Marianne did some great audio tapes that most library's carryan they may even have them on dvd, regarding "A course in miracles", worth checking out. VN8