May 2, 2014

Do not fear, for I am with you!

Do not fear for I am with you

Our Deepest Fear

Poem by: Marianne Williamson

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’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 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’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.


Special Note:  “Our deepest fear” is taken from Marianne Williamson’s inspiring book A Return to Love. It was also often quoted as part of Nelson Mandela’s moving inaugural speech.


  1. Great poem, I remember hearing for the first time in that basketball movie with Samuel L Jackson. I never knew where it came from until today. Thank you.

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