Poetry by Marianne Williamson

Our Deepest Fear 
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 doesn’t serve the world. 
There’s 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. 
As we let our own light shine, 
we give other people permission 
to do the same; 
as we’re liberated from our own fear, 
our presence automatically liberates others.