Our Deepest Fear-Poem 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’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.

by Marianne Williamson from her book A Return to love 

I love this poem, and every time I read it, I find new meaning.

Williamson reveals how we each can become a miracle worker by accepting our God given talents and purposes.

I love how she says, ‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate but because we are afraid of what we might achieve’. We are afraid of our own success!!

My take is that deep down, we know how powerful we can be, but we choose to dim our lights and not explore the possibilities that this life can afford us.

We are so afraid to be ourselves because we don’t want to be different or outstanding.

Instead of being our best selves, we choose to question whether we are good enough!

We then decide to stay in our comfort zone and avoid our fears and the chance to explore opportunities and create a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy by the expression of self-love in our daily lives.

It is important to recognize that each of us was born with a special gift that only you possess. You owe it to the world to share that unique touch that is God given.

Whether it is your health, career or relationship, the key to inner peace is by practicing the art of living a more fulfilling life and letting your light shine, while inspiring others to do the same.


Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”


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