OUR DEEPEST FEAR …

OUR DEEPEST FEAR …

“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’s 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 is a spiritual activist and founder of Peace Aliiance. This popular quote from her book (A Return of Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”) is often misattributed to Nelson Mandela. About the misattribution, Williamson said, “Several years ago, this paragraph from A Return to Love began popping up everywhere, attributed to Nelson Mandela’s 1994 inaugural address. As honored as I would be had President Mandela quoted my words, indeed he did not. I have no idea where that story came from, but I am gratified that the paragraph has come to mean so much to so many people.”

The quote appeared in the film Coach Carter and displayed in a picture frame on the wall attributing it to Nelson Mandela in the film Akeelah and the Bee(2006)

 

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Benedicta Dorcas Tetteh

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