A Return to Love, 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.
When I first read the above passage from Marianne Williamson’s book, A Return to Love, I was not only hit by a new perspective about fear but also on achievement in life. Our deepest is found in each of us. What also struck me is, “Are we also responsible for whatever we are achieving or not achieving in life?” The link may not be as obvious as what we would hope it to be and it we certainly are responsible to a great extent.
As I recalled a thought which I have previously about wealth. I have always been thinking about what wealth can do for one. I realize after reading the passage that subconsciously I have rejected wealth because of some of the things that I do not want to do with wealth and what I may become of it; I was focusing too much on what I did not want to do with wealth than on what I can possibly do with it. It is good to know what we do not want but the focus should be on the good we can do with it. Repainted the images!
How about you? Are there any areas in your life where you are under achieving because of the fear of who you will become or what you will do?
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