“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?”
“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.”
” 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.”
~Marianne Williamson, A Return To Love
I read this book when I was 16 and again when I was 24. I cried a lot both times. It was as if I could physically feel myself transformed by her words. As soon as truth is recognized something opens up; walls come crashing down, hearts open, tears fall, a seed is planted…
It took many more years of wrestling around with my shadow before I finally understood the depth of her message. This is a delicate process that needs to be trusted and respected. You can’t rush it any more than you can rush the growth of a tree. The sunshine and the rain are just as significant, and time certainly is not the enemy.