Our Deepest Fear

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.

—Marianne Williamson

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6 thoughts on “Our Deepest Fear

    1. Actually it wasn’t. That’s a common misconception. It’s from her book “A Return To Love”, and much as she wishes Mr Mandela had quoted it in his speech, research was done and they found that he’s never said it.

      – The passage has been used, amongst other places, in the 2005 film: Coach Carter. It is often incorrectly attributed to Nelson Mandela. Williamson herself is quoted as saying: “As honored as I would be had President Mandela quoted my words, indeed he did not. I have no idea where that story came from, but I am gratified that the paragraph has come to mean so much to so many people.”

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