OUR DEEPEST FEAR
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, handsome, talented and 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 within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson
Many of you are probably familiar with this wonderful poem. I thought it might be a good follow-up to my previous blog post about leaving our comfort zones.
Funny thing, how we minimize and belittle ourselves sometimes without even realizing we’re doing it! It’s so easy to listen to the voices of others and almost unconsciously think that they know more about us than we do about ourselves. It’s such a temptation to give power to people we consider “authority figures” or “mentors” when they are just human beings like ourselves.
The fact is, we’re more than human, and even if we think we have no particular spiritual inclinations, if we ponder the matter deeply enough, we’ll see that there actually is something very grand and wonderful inside us. There’s a little voice in there telling us who we really are. But sometimes it scares us.
I had a wonderful friend many years ago, an extraordinarily talented bass player (I swore I would never find another like him, and I never have), who was also a heroin junkie and an alcoholic. I watched as he slowly destroyed himself — it was like watching an angel tearing off its wings, feather by feather. Somehow he managed to live to be 50, but he could have lived much, much longer. I once asked him why he took drugs and drank, and he said, “I’m afraid of my own talent.”
So there you go . . . let’s not be afraid of our own talents. Let’s honor them, cherish them, develop them and never, ever be afraid of being wonderful and excellent. Remember, it’s only natural, and it’s our native state. Let’s be comfortable with that. Fear not.