Our Deepest 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, whom am I

to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?


who are we 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.

You were born to make manifest

the glory of God.

That is within us.

It’s not just some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our 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

Just a little trivia about the above quote. It's often incorrectly stated as a quote by Nelson Mandela from the Inauguration Speech, 1994. I chanced upon it as I was walking along Covent Gardens Market the other day, as it was beautifully handwritten and framed up on one of the shops. Unsurprisingly, it was attributed to Nelson Mandela. Funny how an inspiring speech like that kinda loses its strength when the author turns out to be Marriane Williamson (who??) instead of Nelson Mandela.


One Response to “Our Deepest Fear”

  1. I feel like the person of great words and wisdom should be accredited for their work. And Mr.Mandela should have give her the credit as a quote when he read it.

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