This is an extract from what is mistakenly attributed to Nelson Mandela, as part of his inauguration speech. It was actually written by Marianne Williamson.
We use it now as an illustration of emotional intelligence, not alluding any reference to God or religion, but from how we can shine within our relationships, in how we can affect others through our shining and ourselves.
The extract was provided and highlighted by a very wise lady who has spent a virtual lifetime in education in the UK. Educating the young. Educating in a mindful and caring manner.
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. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us, it’s within 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.”