Does Your Light Frighten You? by da-AL

“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, activist/author of, “A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A COURSE IN MIRACLES,”
Marianne Williamson, activist/author of “A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A COURSE IN MIRACLES”– Photo by Supearnesh – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

This famous quote — which surely Williamson is proud of however zillion times it’s attributed to Nelson Mandela — reminds me of how sneaky my fear of success can be. As a kid, I worried that setting myself apart would invite criticism, jealousy, and ostracism. My ultimate goal, I was firmly instructed when my imagination soared, was predetermined. Girls must be cute and sweet so they’d be attractive to boys. Women, I was told, were born to be wives and mothers.

Fears continue to gnaw at me. Now they’re sophisticated, requiring constant vigilance to upend them. Art begs an audience. When art is personal, it’s difficult to not give a damn what others might think, not to mention how wicked my own self-doubt can be. An hour after I was awarded an Emmy, a stranger asked me how the honor felt. My reply was blather. He reminded me that I had indeed won it…

Williamson is correct to point that that being our best benefits everyone. When I’m upset about my goals, I remind myself of her wise words.

Do you ever hold yourself back?

40 thoughts on “Does Your Light Frighten You? by da-AL

  1. We are created in the image and likeness of God. God can be man, woman or both or neither or pure energy or Love. We create God in our own way. God says ” I will not leave you, I cannot leave you, for you are My creation and My product, My daughter and My son, My purpose and My…Self.

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  2. Oh I definitely hold myself back. First memory of doing so (which I have now shared with my 11-year-old granddaughter as a warning to NEVER DO THIS) was to fail (or at least not succeed) in my math and biology classes. At 6th grade I was tested and told I had a high IQ and could be quite brilliant in math and the sciences. In 7th grade I was served the term “nerd” by my classmates and particularly the boys. So…yes, I’m ashamed to say, I purposely answered wrong on quizzes and tests. My grades in math and science plummeted. But at least I kept my A’s in English!
    A great lesson here in your post. I wish I’d learned it long ago.

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  3. When I was a kid I learned to swim at the Y. While I was there I met a little boy with a bone disease. We swam together for two years. He later died of the disease. He was 9. He was fearless. He was happy. He was everything we should be.

    We’re only here for a short time and I have learned not to worry about all those silly things that use to hold me back. Maybe, in my own way, I’m trying to be like him.

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  4. It is so great that a person like Marianne Williamson was able to be a candidate. She does not have much chance, and people make fun of her, as the world does not seem to be ready for her yet, but alone the fact that she could get enough support for running is amazing.

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  5. I think that’s much common human phenomenon,,, when road ahead is hazy,, we always tend towards the fears and try to uphold it over possibility if good fortune,,, you can’t prevent it,, I think important is how much you withhold yourself towards that good fateful thoughts in that hazy looking path ahead and never giving up the fight with fearful side

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  6. I often hold myself back, in order not to hurt other people’s feelings … or acting normal or being kind and patient when I feel like acting crazy or when I feel like saying what I really think to people who are … not nice …and sometimes I hold back because I know if I don’t, people are going to think I’m too ambitious and I want to please the boss and clim the social ladder etc… thank you for the post da-AL, enjoy your weekend !!

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  7. Seeing this quote in your blog Daal, you won’t believe the happiness that impregnated me, in the first page of my notebook, I have written these words.There were lot of days I was exhausted, my breath struggling to catch its cadence, and my wishes of tomorrow appeared like a blurry dream, so each time I open my notebook, I read this word again and again, similar to chanting, and you won’t believe daal the vigil that it gave me,the path towards out dreams are often entangled with the music of mundane life,the passion that drives our dreams painted with a dull grey, but then there are words like that which makes us feel as if we are enough, we are powerful, we have the capacity to make our dreams into reality, that the situation that I am stuck in is only a phase(referring to my writers block), that after this darkness, there is light, there is love, there is hope.
    Take care daal.

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  8. Those are definitely some wise words, thank you for sharing them. I think fear can be a barrier for a lot of us, and a lot of the time we’re probably not even aware of it. Tuning in to yourself and realising that it’s fear, whether that’s of success or setting yourself apart from the crowd, is a brilliant first step to figuring out how to move past it and challenge it on a regular basis  ♥
    Caz xx

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  9. Such an inspiring post. I’ve listened to Marianne Williamson several times (TV shows) and am so impressed by her intelligence and her ideas for making this a better country.

    I’m mostly held back by procrastination, a terrible, life long habit I should have broken decades ago. The efforts and success of others motivates me, but I’m mostly motivated by my grandchildren – I’d like them to think of me as accomplished.

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  10. Thanks for sharing!!… I hold back long enough to make sure my words or deeds do not hurt or insult someone, then I let my fingers do the walking (typing) and my heart do the talking…. 🙂

    “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” – Michel Angelo

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