Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Into the Silence

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, beautiful, talented and wonderful?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world.

There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to 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 uncnsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are limited from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

--Nelson Mandela


Books of the World said...

Amen and so beautiful.

Ann T. said...

Dear MBB,
I struggle with this one. Sometimes just parts of it and sometimes all of it.
But I do love it.
Ann T.

Slamdunk said...

It is great to hear that quote again Ann T. Thanks for posting it.