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OUR DEEPEST FEAR [Deepest Inspiration to Live] by Marianne Williamson

“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.”

—-from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.
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QUICK FACTS….from WikiQuotes

  • The famous passage from her book is often erroneously attributed to the inaugural address of Nelson Mandela. About the mis-attribution Williamson said, “Several years ago, this paragraph from A Return to Love began popping mandela3up everywhere, attributed to Nelson Mandela’s 1994 inaugural address. As honored as I would be had President Mandela quoted my words, indeed he did not. I have no idea where that story came from, but I am gratified that the paragraph has come to mean so much to so many people.”
  • The poem was also included in the movie, Invictus, about Nelson Mandela and the South African Rugby team.
  • The film Akeelah and the Bee featured the following quote in a picture frame on the wall: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” At the bottom of the sheet, it listed Nelson Mandela as being the author of the quotation.
  • The film Coach Carter includes a secularized variation of this quote: “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. 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. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
  • The Israeli bestseller “Badulina” by the author Gabi Nitzan opens with this quote, also attributing it to Nelson Mandela.
  • In considering the specific language used, particularly “…gorgeous, talented, and fabulous” it is improbable in the extreme that Nelson Mandela would have chosen that sequence of words. Far more consistent with Williamson’s style.
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6 thoughts on “OUR DEEPEST FEAR [Deepest Inspiration to Live] by Marianne Williamson

  1. Love Marianne Williamson, attended her one of her live trainings once and it was life-altering (in a very good way). Yes, her quote is sublimely empowering and uplifting and it peels away at the layers of our fear of accepting our innate beauty, worthiness and power of co-creation. Also check out these other books 9which influenced her wonderful book -A Return to Love): 1. A Course in Miracles and 2. A Course in Love. Highly recommended! Thanks for your post…

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  2. Oh My! Those are such powerful, highly uplifting lines! I remember how gingered up I felt when I first came upon ’em! And I hitherto arrived at the conclusion that, those are anything but ordinary words! They musta been inspired by the Almighty Himself! They’re way beyond mere letters and there’s just something greater, an Invincible and Invisible Force; that’s breathed on ’em, to make ’em pretty extraordinary and result-oriented! A real morale booster for cheerleading practices and exercises, an elixir, better than any known or unknown drugs, bound to lift spirits up high! Plus, although Mandela of blessed memory was one of the greatest orators that ever lived, I also doubt he could actually have come up with that quotation with such words as ‘fabulous’! That kinda looks skewed and outta character! I think! LOL

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  3. Reblogged this on Bringing Back the Rubies and commented:
    I very rarely quote others here, but this passage from Marianne Williamson’s book, “A Return to Love,” is one of my favorites of all time.

    A question for all of you: Where do you shrink, afraid to outshine others?

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    1. Hi Juana, hmmm… That is a big question you have posed there. A really big one and it takes guts to answer it sincerely. I think many times we don’t even those parts we shrink at…
      The prayer is that life will give us the chance to be courageous enough to live and make every second worth it.

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      1. Hi, Su’eddie!

        Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I think you’re onto something there. This is my favorite Marianne Williamson quote; it’s one of her most popular ones. I think it’s true that we are afraid to shine. We’re taught to conform to what everyone else wants us to be, and when we are truly brave enough to shine, we don’t care what others think. We are doing what makes us happy.

        Happy Sunday! I hope you have a good week.

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        1. The week has started and I spent a good part of today reading, I need to speed up my pace! I pray we get the grace to be brave and live beyond the evils that come our way. May the times be kind.
          Hola!

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