“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, and 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 will not 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 is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~ Marianne Williamson
I know, I know. This isn’t a quote; it’s a whole paragraph! Well nowadays, you guys have the time to read it, so… go on. Read it. This quote, it’s complicated, I get that. You’re probably thinking, no, this doesn’t make sense. It has too many confusing parts.
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I’m here to break it down for you. I had to read this at least ten times to understand it, and I believe that this is what makes it such a powerful quote. It makes you think even though it is so simply put, and it addresses more than one aspect. Let’s take a look at each part and it’s meaning together.
Part 1: Fear – You might be thinking, but I am fearful that I’m not good enough. What you’re forgetting is that judgement works in many ways. If you were fearful of being inadequate, you would be fearful of other’s judgement of you. However, if you were fearful of your own power, your own light and goodness, then you are judging yourself.
This is the power of self-esteem, which is stronger than the outside confidence you radiate. (Because confidence comes from other’s judgments about you, and self-esteem comes from your own judgement of yourself.) Your fear evolves around your own judgement of yourself, not others, as many mistakenly think. As a human being, you are definitely prone to judgement. But this is only the fuel to what you think about yourself. Because at the end of the day, you know what type of person you are, what you’ve done, and how you compare. You, and only you. That is the power of self-reflection/inner being. Simply put, your fear arises from you, not what you amount to for anyone else.
Part 2: God – Sometimes, we brag. Sometimes, we don’t, as to not put others down in the process. We don’t want to feel insecure, or make anyone else feel that way. Yet, there is a difference. Pride is different from arrogance, because one leads to positive self-empowerment, and the other leads to negative self-absorbed behavior. If you’ve done something great, be proud of it. Pride is good for everyone, in small doses. Don’t let it get to your head, but show others and yourself that you are capable and willing. God made you with love, and he expects you to shine, just like the rest of his children. He gave you a talent that you can show the rest of the world, and being God, he made sure each person had a different unique talent. We forget we are important; we think we are replaceable. We shrink, we are minuscule in the grand scheme of things. That’s not true, because everyone plays a part leading up to a great success.
Take an example: Astronauts. Sure, they go into space and are hailed as heroes, but there are people behind them as supporting pillars. These people are just as great, even if they don’t get recognized. From the mathematicians, to the engineers, to the technology department, to even the janitors, they all did their part to make sure the astronauts were safe and the space mission was a success.
Part 3: Light and Liberation – A reoccurring theme in many religions is that God lives inside of us. If you believe that, then you know that God doesn’t discriminate in which living being he lives in. He lives in all of us, no matter which God or person or religion it is. He is a symbol of the light we emit. The goodness we have should be shared, and this is what leads to a domino effect. Because when we show that we can be good, that we are important, and that our fear is irrational, we pave the way for others to do the same. Weren’t we told that if we did a good thing, it gets passed on and comes back to us? In the same way, when we show others that we are good people and not fearful, they are liberated too. And it goes around, like a positive contagion.
On my blog, I sometimes analyze quotes, and I wanted to share this powerful one with you.
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