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, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world. There is 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 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.
by Marianne Williamson, from A Return To Love:Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
Harper Collins, 1992
(from Chapter 7, Section 3)
How many times have I covered my light so that I didn’t intimidate others and make them feel insecure? I still have a hard time standing up straight. People look at me when I do. I’m learning to care less.
A friend of mine spoke in church this morning. She based her talk largely on this quote. There’s always something I need to hear on the weeks that I go.
My news year’s resolution this year was to stop living through fear. The thing with new year’s resolutions is that even if you haven’t quite managed to keep them, you can always pick up where you left off and keep trying. Progress, not perfection (at least that’s what my therapist says ;).