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Mar. 25th, 2004

Our worst 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 is nothing enlightening about
shrinking so that other people
won’t feel insecure around you.

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 other people permission
to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear
our presence automatically liberates others.

Nelson Mandella (from Marianne Williamson)



( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 27th, 2004 09:34 pm (UTC)
my housemate has this hanging in her room.
Mar. 27th, 2004 09:37 pm (UTC)
It took my breath away when I first read it.
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