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 is 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 are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson, from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
There are some expressions that are so spectacular, that so capture truth in a way that is undeniable, regardless of our prejudices or ideas to the, that it’s impossible to hear them too often. This quote is one.
This is an inspired expression of a beautiful idea that is in complete alignment with the Veda.
Veda means ‘knowledge’ or ‘wisdom,’ and derives from the Sanskrit root that means ‘to know.’ When we read this quote from A Return to Love, it’s saying something we know. Though it came through the mind of one of our fellows, we can feel within that it is our truth, too.
The Veda tells us that though we are in fact individuals, on another level we all are expressions of one, whole, complete consciousness, and that this consciousness is at one with God. Like waves on the ocean, each of them an individual expression of ocean, we are individual movements in the field that is God. Not separate from or different than.
Thus truth is truth, colored by the personality expressing it, but spoken from that field within where there is only the truth of nature itself.
Nature’s truth is that we must shine; we must insist on expressing the brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous, not just because that’s what we are (though we are), but because that’s what God is.
That’s our job. To express God.
Thank you, Marianne, for following your own direction and continuing to express the brilliant, the gorgeous, the talented and the fabulous.
Today I will be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous simply because it’s my job. But also because it could be fun.