Monday, August 18, 2008

Who are you not to be?

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 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 are liberated from our own fear, our own presence automatically liberates others.

Nelson Mandela 1994 Inaugural Speech (Quoting Marianne Williamson)

1 comment:

Natalie said...

So, how close do you come to really embracing these words? I know I fall short. Every time I read this I get so lit up, and I eagerly apply it to everyone else, but time and time again I realize I am not fully accepting it for myself. I think I should read this a lot more often... until I absorb it in to my beliefs.