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Thursday 10 September 2009

Our Deepest Fear - Take A Risk

I recently read this speech that I thought was used by Nelson Mandela in 1994 - having done a quick search it looks like he probably didn't use the speech after all. It was actually written by Marianne Williamson. I think you'll agree that the words are profound:

"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."

This was a bit of a wake up call for me. Why do we shrink from new challenges, from doing that thing we've always wanted to do? I guess often it's fear. Fear of the unknown. So instead we carry on doing the things we've always done and sticking to what's safe.

Friends, let's break the mould, be different, take a risk and aim for the stars!


  1. i read a post a couple of days ago on being brave (http://stufffchristianslike.blogspot.com/2009/09/614-being-brave.html) and it was basically about how sometimes we don't do the things we know we should cos if we don't step out then there is no chance of failure...but then on the other side of the coin, you miss out on what could have been...

    wake up call indeed!!! thanks for this post.

  2. Phil,
    I believe in eating the fish and spitting out the bones...but with Marianne, there's alot of BONES. I would caution those who would read her material. Her philosophy/spirtualism appears to be other than Christ centered.

  3. Hi Anonymous - thanks for this caution. I haven't read any of her material other than this speech so i'll definitely bear your comments in mind.