Let Your Light Shine

The following is a very popular passage from A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson:

“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’s 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.”

This has been quoted, in part or in full, by many people.  I can’t speak on it in regards to the context of the book because I haven’t read it, but as a stand-alone quote, I think it’s amazing.  Every time I read or hear it, I’m reminded it’s okay to think of myself in high regards (I’m referring to a healthy self-esteem, not being narcissistic).  Truthfully, this is challenging sometimes as it seems that people are more concerned with pointing out what’s wrong about you as oppose to what’s right about you.  But then again, people have to do something to distract themselves from their own demons/issues.  Right?  But further into the quote I am reminded of whose I am and that “we are all meant to shine” “to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.”  That thinking of myself in high regards, and having the courage to be who it is I was created to be, can inspire and encourage others to do the same.  Then maybe they, or at least a few of them, can begin the process of being delivered from their own demons/issues, and be able to think of themselves with high regards and act accordingly.  They can begin to concentrate on what’s right about them as oppose to what’s wrong about me (and you).  Maybe.

The point is. . .you are not alone.  Everyone is struggling with this thing called life, regardless of whether they look like it or not.  Think highly of yourself and make decisions based on who you know you are.  You’ll not only help yourself, but possibly someone around you.  You can do this.


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