Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate
Our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We often ask ourselves: who am I to be brilliant,
Gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are we not to be?
We are children of God and Nature has endowed us
with unlimited potentials.
Your playing small does not serve the world
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people will not feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do
We were born to make manifest the glory of God 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
others permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
“Our Deepest Fear” by Marianne Williamson, from “A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles”