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

I wanted to write a pithy post based on this quote. But honestly? I think I’ll just post it and let in marinate in our minds.

I know I have to keep this part especially in my mind: “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.

My playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won’t feel insecure around me.

How many of us do this? In the name of “humility”?  I know I do.  But I am working on it.

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8 Responses

  1. Oh boy, I do it all the time….I’ll have to work on this also. Thanks for a challenging post. Hugs 🙂

    • hugs!! Yeah I wanted to be all deep on this post…. but I just couldn’t add anything you know???

      May your light shine bright! We’re working on not shrinking back for fear of being misunderstood!

  2. Robert, I am amazed by this quote. Glad I dropped by here today. I am still in Chiang Mai Thailand.

    Things came up in the past months… as you will get to read on my blog updates. Didn’t want to start something I couldn’t sustain.

    Thanks…

    keep in touch.

    Blessings.
    Lidj

  3. nice reminder…. i borrrowed it for my own blog 🙂

    • Borrow away. I ‘borrowed’ it from a blog as well 🙂

  4. Hmm…interesting. Not sure I agree with the theology of it (elements of neo-paganism maybe?). Personally, my biggest fear has never been that I have too much to offer the world. Confidence? Yes. Failure? Yes. Being free to express me? Yes. But his light has shined out these dark places within me. Only he can do that.

    • ” But his light has shined out these dark places within me. Only he can do that.”
      Agreed.

      Not sure about the ‘neo-paganism’ of it, but I do know that a lot of people shy away from ‘shining’ or doing what they feel called or capable of doing because they are afraid of other’s putting them down because they were too successful. Some think it is humility – but I agree with the author. It makes more sense to honour God by living how you are created rather than hiding in the darkness because you don’t want others to feel insignificant.

      Thoughts?

  5. About light shining out of the darkest places…

    Me too, most definitely. But now that the light is turned on, all I want to do is use it to honor and serve the Lord. I pray every day that he would make me useful to his kingdom. I know I have alot to offer, and that I am the kind of gal the author talks about.

    So what is my purpose? I take care of a beautiful man with Alzheimer’s, my husband. Evidently, that’s his will. But when there’s more for me to do for our God, count me in.

    Beautiful post, my friend. Made my day! ;D

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