Sparkles and Angels' Blog

Our deepest fear…

The following is an excerpt from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson. The bold emphasis is mine.

“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.”

You are as beautiful as this flower!

I love this passage from Marianne Williamson. I’ve have posted this before on various other Web sites and Facebook pages, because it is so important to me, because we all need to be reminded of it… and often!

If you were thinking “Nah, not me, I don’t belittle myself” as you were reading it, well, let me ask you: the last time someone complimented you, did you squirm? Did you say “Oh, it’s just [fill in the blanks]“? Did you reply with a deprecating joke? Did you say “Thank you, but [I’m not good in this other way]“? By the way, I’ve done all of the above 🙂

Do you cringe at the thought of speaking in public? Are you uncomfortable at the thought of a literal or figurative spotlight shining on you? Do you beat yourself up because [whatever] did not meet your expectations of perfection? Have you ever decided not take a course of action because “there’s no way I can do this!”? Me: check, check, check, check.

I know a dear man who said “I’m a failure” every time he felt he did some minor thing “wrong.” He probably doesn’t even realize what he was saying, but he is unconsciously reinforcing his poor opinion of himself, AND he’s teaching his young daughter to think the same way about him, and about herself.

Be aware of your thoughts, words, and reactions, it’s the first step to changing them.


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