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Summer Illumination: 2017

Jun 06, 2017 12:22PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Our Greatest 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?
 
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.
 
It's not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
 
And as we let our own lights shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
 
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

 
Williamson is an author and lecturer.

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