On Owning our own Power and Voice

So often we are afraid to let ourselves fully be all that we can be.  I saw this quote by Marianne Williamson (evidently often mistakenly attributed to Nelson Mandela) while watching Akaela and the Bee the other night and felt inspired to look it up and share it.  Enjoy!

“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 fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.  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 in “Return to Love.”

Posted by Laura

Laura Marshall, LCSW, is the founder and director of the Sagebrush Center for Relationship Therapy. Her experience spans thirty years of supporting couples and individuals to create healthy and meaningful lives and relationships. She is also adjunct faculty for the New Mexico Highlands School of Social Work. She lives with her husband Steve and five sons in Farmington, New Mexico.

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