Tuesday, September 19, 2006


We were watching Akeelah and the Bee a few weeks ago and this quote just reached out and grabbed me by the throat. I had to look it up in its entirety. It's by Marianne Williamson and I've printed it up and stuck it by my computer to remind myself to see the greatness in myself and those around me ...

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 are all meant to shine, as children do. 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're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

© Marianne Williamson, 1992

Found in "A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles" Harper Collins, Chapter 7, Section 3, 1992.


carrie stevenson said...

Hi Rae! I'm catching up on your blog. I love this quote as well. I heard it while I was in the MTC and it really impacted me on my mission.

Heather B. Moore said...

This is a great quote! Thanks for making it accessible.