Our Deepest Fear… (Lyrics and Video)

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 doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us. It is not just within some of us; it is in everyone.

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, “A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles,” 1992

-Used by Nelson Mandela (wrongly accredited to him online) on his 1994 inaugural speech

-Used in the movie Coach Carter, 2004

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