An extract from A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson (www.marianne.com)
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,
and as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Used by Nelson Mandela in his inaugural address as President of South Africa 1994.