Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Power of Democracy

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 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 other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

"Our Deepest Fear"
by Marianne Williamson


kelcan said...

Thanks for posting this great poem. It is very uplifting. Thanks also for your comments on my blog. Your portraits are amazing also!

Karine said...

I love that quote, in fact, it is a favorite of mine! So true, so true.

redchair said...

Wow. This is so great! My little blog story is actually of the same flavor, but by no means as eloquent. This is really beautiful.

Peggi Habets said...

Kelly, Karine & Vikki,
Thanks for the comments. Vikki, I liked what you wrote on your blog as well but haven't had time to do much commenting lately. I'll be back to your blog discussions soon!

High Desert Diva said...

Very apt