Monday, November 1, 2010

Our Deepest Fear

Saturday, October 23, 2:27 p.m., Navajo Point, Grand Canyon.

"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 you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.

There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking... that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to manifest the glory of God 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."

--from Nelson Mandela, President of the Republic of South Africa from his 1994 speech.

Noetics Science Review, Winter 1995

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