17 April 2008

our deepest fear

I virtually tripped over this today while looking for something completely unrelated. I wept uncontrollably...

“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 doesn't 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 are 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 are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

-marianne williamson


  1. Beautiful...hope you don't mind if I pass it on...

  2. I instantly thought of John 3:19 - how many people despised the piercing nature of the light and preferred the darkness. Depressing epitaph for many.

    Beautiful quote.