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.