Our Deepest Fear

Attributed to Nelson Mandela1

Picture of Nelson MandelaOur 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 doesn’t serve the world. There’s 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’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

1 Our Deepest Fear is attributed to Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech but it does not appear in the speech. It was actually written by Marianne Williamson. It appears in her book, A Return to Love.

Book by Nelson Mandela:

Associated links:

A Sleep of Prisoners
You need to know this
Twelve inspirational life books you should read during your lifetime
Some Inspiration Good Ship Earth Prayer

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