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Discussing Fear

Clouds and Light

This is a great quote for starting a discussion with yourself or with a group – are we to believe that our greatest fear is that we are so powerful? It always makes me think and to finally say “yes” this is true and I say “you go girl” to myself. I am so lucky to be surrounded by powerful and beautiful words of inspiration. I hope they add inspiration to your thinking as you journey through your day.

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?
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 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

7 Responses to “Discussing Fear”

  1. Quinn Says:

    This one always makes me tear up a little.

  2. deb Says:

    I am going to keep playing this over and over in my mind.

  3. Carol Ann Says:

    This is one that I feel I could read daily! It is definitely inspiring.

  4. Peggy Bray Says:

    Ralph Waldo Emerson states a similar truth, when he says
    …what lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Marianne Williamson takes this truth a step further when she emphasizes that fear can become a barrier to what lies within us. We use it as some kind of justification for limiting ourselves…as a way to rationalize no action.

    At the moment, I’m making these words of John Wooden’s my own … Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.

  5. Patricia Says:

    Today I heard Linda Ellerbee, journalist and author, give a speech on the joy of having had breast cancer and how it inspired her. Excellent and funny speech and she used the above quote to get her through the “painful” parts of the experience – emotional and physical. I took away from her speech – “You are not a hand, a mind or a breast. You are you and this is just a part of your living and being.” She said she does not serve life by waiting for it to happen again. Rather she serves her life by finding her joy in living every minute of it.

  6. Samantha Says:

    What beautiful words.

  7. Patricia Says:

    Thank you Samantha for looking at my blog!