Does this quotation sound familiar?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
Often mistakenly attributed to Nelson Mandela, it is really the brainchild of Marianne Williamson, a spiritual activist, author, and lecturer, who has become something of an American Guru. Perhaps the biggest selling self-help book of all time, A Return to Love was one of the first books ever endorsed by Oprah Winfrey and spent more than 39 weeks on the New York Times best sellers list.
And rightly so.
Her first of nine books, A Return to Love is based on her experiences as a teacher and lecturer on the self-study guide A Course in Miracles. Williamson shares her insights into how the practical application of love every day can provide an answer to the problems that confront us, whether these are in our relationships, our careers or our health.
The book is honest and inspiring, and it has changed many lives. Some have even described it as unearthing a treasure. We often forget that the concept of joy is also a part of the human condition. William explains that we must cultivate happiness.
I highly recommend A Return To Love, and hope that if you’ve not yet read it, you’ll enjoy it, too. Here is the complete famed quotation to inspire you:
“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. 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.”
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. I am with you Debi I also want to go forward one step at a time and truly live the width of my life. Taking tiny steps are the anewsr. We need to slow down and enjoy our journey and others will receive the benefits. You are right, light can be frightening at times. Too much light too fast . Darkness can be a comfort zone Some people stay there because change is too hard. Old habits can be comforting when we need them. God is gracious to walk with us in the light that He gives us As He walks with us, the light does not totally overwhelm us and mock us when we don’t reach our desired potential fast enough. Thank you for writing this post. I am on the same wave-length and so many others are too. In 2011 we continue our adventure We don’t start a new one. We learn new things. I am so eager to learn each day. Being honest with ourselves breeds insight which helps us to pleasantly walk forward .Thanks again. I love your Blog!!
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