Our Greatest Fear

28 Jul

Once upon a time I was subbing (or, more favorably “guest teaching”) for a wonderful reading (and Kindergarten) teacher and I saw this posted on his wall.  It really resounded with me and it’s absolutely worth sharing.  I’d love to hear your thoughts too (pretty please – it will help me procrastinate my homework a bit longer!)

Our Greatest Fear

Marianne Williamson

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us,

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 does not serve the world.

There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

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.


2 Responses to “Our Greatest Fear”

  1. Leah July 28, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    WOW!!! that’s an incredible statement (or string of statements…)! i literally would never have thought of it in this light. i would much rather shrink back and let others do the shining then let anyone else think im trying to shine myself. im gonna write this out and post it on my wall! thanks for sharing tessah!

    p.s. i thoroughly enjoy your blogs. i may not comment on every single one, but i do read them all. you’re “quippy” writing is entertaining.

    • twebby August 5, 2010 at 11:15 am #

      Leah – you’re feedback is one of the major reasons I keep blogging. I kid you not! The things you say are so kind and uplifting – I can’t think you enough! xoxo!

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