Self Esteem, Our Deepest Fear

The following quote is often attributed to Nelson Mandela and his 1994 inaugural speech, but it is in fact, an excerpt from Marianne Williamson’s book, “A Return to Love: Reflections On The Principles of A Course In Miracles,” page 165. It is inspirational. It is good to remind ourselves of this from time to time:

“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 famous?”

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

your playing small doesn’t serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking

so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

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 consciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,

our presence automatically liberates others.”

I AM sure you have heard this beautiful excerpt. But hopefully, it comes as a gentle reminder if you need one, or as affirmation if you are well on your way.

There is nothing you cannot do if you set your mind to it.



Author: lindahourihan

My profile picture is a rose, symbolizing that we should all bloom where we are planted. I am planted in the garden of words of knowledge and inspiration, history and truth, quest and discovery. My latest book, MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS - CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, has uncovered the deepest mysteries of modern time, mysteries that were planted at the start of time. The theme in this book is: There is one race, the human race. It unveils the secrets of Christmas, Santa Claus, the Magi, Jesus and how Noah's sons repopulate the world through the empires. In the process you meet Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Harriet Tubman, and learn that former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama are eighth cousins, both with traces of English royalty through William the Conqueror and Charlemagne in their bloodlines. This book uses real history, ancient and pre-history in this dramatic, plausible fiction/fantasy novel. It took me over a year to research and a lifetime to experience.