Our deepest fear

Our deepest fear is not
that we are inadeqaute,
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 we not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world,
there's nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people don't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine as children do.
We are born to 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're liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.


(attributed to Nelson Mandela)


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