Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure

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Your playing small does not serve the world

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.

by Marianne Williamson (born July 8, 1952)
from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles (1992)
Chapter 7

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One Response to “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure”

  1. Jade Says:

    what an awe inspiring message…. the words touched right to the core of one’s soul and brought tears of mixed emotions because of its truth… thank you

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