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 frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are we not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s 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 light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others.
Source: A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson, as quoted by Nelson Mandela in his inaugural speech, 1994
This is a tough one, because the ego is just waiting to pull us into narcissism, into self-glory, into seeing ourselves as superior to others. That wily ego may lead us to comparing ourselves to others we see as weaklings, or even our former selves.
Of course, that’s not what this passage is about.
The point is not about being better or worse or right or wrong. It’s about dropping the comparisons, dropping the good/bad view, and stepping into our own light.
It’s about fearlessness, about living fully, about self-acceptance, about being who we are.
Try this: next time you catch yourself catching yourself, take a breath and feel what’s wanting: approval? support? love? acceptance? something else?