I shared what I thought was a complete version of these words on my facebook page ages ago but they came up again today in conversation after class so it seems only appropriate to share them again here. This unabridged version was written by Marianne Williamson in her book “A Return to Love: Reflections on the Priniciples of “A Course in Miracles” but apparently have been inaccurately attributed to Nelson Mandela’s 1994 inaugural address. Either way they are powerfully inspiring so the main thing is that they are widely available:

“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 does not serve the world. There is 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 is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

With love xx