Friday, September 16, 2011

Powerful Beyond Measure

"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'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."

-Marianne Williamson

I love this quote. Even when it's not completely true, or doesn't feel true. A lot of times I'm working to convince myself I'm doing okay at this thing called life, and I can't comprehend the 'powerful beyond measure' bit. 

I don't believe in God, yet I love the line 'We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us'. For me, it doesn't necessarily have to be a God that I go to church to worship, or believe that is above us all, with a divine plan. It can be the beauty and perfection and imperfection of nature. The innate power that lives within each of us, allowing us to do and be much more than we ever thought possible. I don't believe we are meant to do anything; I believe in free choice. Yet I still love this line, because we, each of us, has something special within us. And we can chose to use this gift or talent to better the world around us.

I love this quote. For so many reasons. But mostly I love the way these simple words are put together in a way that makes them so powerful and strong. In such a way that I feel like they're speaking right to me.

1 comment:

Jessica said...

beautiful quote. This struck a different cord for me considering my belief in God :)