My deepest fear is not that I am inadequate.
My deepest fear is that I am powerful beyond measure.
It is my light, not my darkness that most frightens me.
I ask myself, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented,
fabulous? Actually, who am I not to be? I am a child of God.
My playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing
enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel
insecure around me. I am meant to shine, as children do.
I was born to make manifest the glory of God that is within
me. It’s not just in me; it’s in everyone. And as I let my own
light shine, I unconsciously give other people permission
to do the same. As I am liberated from my own fear,
my presence automatically liberates others.

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