The above excerpt is by MarrianneWilliamson from the book, A Return To Love:  Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles. Williamson, an acclaimed author and lecturer has empowered many to seek transformation and peace within, so that the world and ourselves will be changed.  It has been rumored that Nelson Mandela spoke these words at his inaugural speech, but it has since been proven otherwise.
       "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 were born to
make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
  It is not just in some of us;  it is 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."
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