Light - 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?
Your playing small doesn't 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 light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same!
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

from her book A Return to Love, p. 165

There is a myth that Nelson Mandela included the above in his
Inaugural Speech in 1994, but that is incorrect.

Read the speech Nelson Mandela gave in Cape Town
Read the speech Nelson Mandela gave in Pretoria
Visit the African National Congress on the web
Visit the Mandela Page