window of tolerance


Our deepest fear is not that we are

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 doesn’t 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 are born to make manifest
the glory of God that is within us.

It is not in some of us; it is in everyone.

And as we make our own light shine,
we unconsciously give others permission to do
the same.

As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson in “The Return to Love”

Thank you, Maia, for the correct attribution!

3 thoughts on “window of tolerance

  1. I always love reading this, thank you.

    However, it often gets mis-attributed to Nelson Mandela. It actually comes from Marianne Williamson and her book, “The Return to Love.”

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