Have you ever read something that struck a chord so deep you were never the same again after reading it? This is one of the great, inspirational passages from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”. I’ve shared it with close friends and always have to re-read it when I am feeling nervous about doing something big. Now it is shared with you. The first time you read it, you might lose your breath, because of the challenge to be great it poses. Once you catch your breath, the words will definitely stick.
Our Deepest Fear
by Marianne Williamson
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 does not 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 presence automatically liberates others.