“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
A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”
This paragraph is frequently misattributed to Nelson Mandela, but in fact was neither written nor quoted by the late South African President.
Marianne Deborah Williamson (born July 8, 1952) is an American spiritual teacher, author and lecturer. I have never read any of Ms. Williamson’s work, but when I first read this quotation, it become one of my favorites. I come back to it from time to time in order to recharge my batteries as an encourager for others. I enjoy cheering people on in the things they dream of doing. Save this quote, it will help you remember that you are brilliant, talented and fabulous, and full of light.