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"Your Playing Small Doesn't Serve the World"

Jun 18, 2012

Marianne Williamson

Posted by Kimmy Sophia Brown
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 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 the author of A Return to Love, A Woman's Worth, Every Day Grace and numerous other books. She is a prominent speaker and lecturer and a life-affirming, encouraging presence in our world. Visit her website at marianne.com.

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