Quote for April 2000


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 is nothing enlightened about
shrinking so that other people
won't feel insecure around you.
We are born to manifest the glory
of God that is within us.
It is 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 in "A return to love"
(Quoted by Nelson Mandela in his inaugural speech, 1994)


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