I have read the Nelson Mandela quote about fear that he quoted from Marianne Williamson. The other day, I had a thought. Why not put this in the “I” version.
It might be too much for some people to digest in the “I” form. But I really like it. Here it is.
Nelson Mandela said this during his inaugural speech after 27 years of being in jail in South Africa.
My deepest fear is not that I am inadequate. My deepest fear is that I am powerful beyond measure. It is My light, not My darkness that frightens me. I ask My self, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who am I not to be?
I am a child of God. My playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around me. I was born to manifest the glory of God that is within me. It is not just in me, it’s in everyone. And as I let my own light shine, I unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As I am liberated from my own fears, My presence automatically liberates others.