At 3:00 AM I was awakened by darkest thoughts about my life and where it was going and why. I found myself thinking about regretful decisions in my life and on, and on and on until I had to ask myself where in the world did these thoughts come from? Its 3:00 AM, I should be asleep! I was wound up, in turmoil, I needed to simply change my mind. There was no need for this, well certainly not at 3:00 Am. Then, I remembered a wonderful quote by Marianne Williamson I had hanging up on my bulletin board in my art room. It brought immediate comfort to me and has in the past. I thought it was worth sharing in case there was someone else out there who runs into creative walls, etc. Nelson Mandela also used this quote in his 1994 inaugural speech.
Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
“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 younot 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.”