Marianne Williamson


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.

Topic(s) of this poem: fear


Comments about Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson

  • (10/22/2018 11:28:00 AM)


    i have an interview tomorrow and im so frightened... i called my sister and she just recommended that i search for this poem.... there are no words to explain how grateful i am that i took her advise. please keep writing, i needed your words and you have said exactly what i needed to hear. the light in you is truly helping me to realize the light in me. Thank you Marianne. (Report) Reply

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  • (8/19/2018 8:18:00 AM)


    Very good truthful (Report) Reply

  • (8/13/2018 1:07:00 PM)


    follow lil Audi on the cloud (Report) Reply

  • (7/13/2018 9:06:00 PM)


    I have always loved, and agreed with this poem. Sounds like revelation from God because its true. (Report) Reply

  • (5/15/2018 4:45:00 PM)


    Williamson, M. (1992) . A return to love: Reflections on the principles of a course in miracles (pp.190-191) . New York, NY: HarperPerennial. (Report) Reply

  • (5/15/2018 4:42:00 PM)


    Williamson, M. (1992) . A return to love: Reflections on the principles of a course in miracles (pp.190-191) . New York, NY: HarperPerennial. (Report) Reply

  • (4/13/2018 7:04:00 PM)


    The author of this poem is Maya Angelou, not Marrianne Williamson. (Report) Reply

    (5/15/2018 4:41:00 PM)

    No, it's definitely Marianne Williamson. This portion has been on my desk for years. The book is wonderful.

    Williamson, M. (1992) . A return to love: Reflections on the principles of a course in miracles (pp.190-191) . New York, NY: HarperPerennial.

  • (3/2/2018 1:54:00 AM)


    I love this poem...now i knw i dnt hv to hv fear...thank u for the nice poem (Report) Reply

  • (2/19/2018 5:51:00 PM)


    This is beautiful...I actually want to do this as classwork...but I don't at the same time because it gets in the way of my gametime (Report) Reply

  • (2/16/2018 10:48:00 AM)


    hohohohohohohohhohohohoh (Report) Reply

  • (2/3/2018 7:43:00 PM)


    Thought of you when reading this today... (Report) Reply

  • (11/9/2017 10:11:00 AM)


    This poem opened up my heart I feel like I am a real person (Report) Reply

  • (10/5/2016 1:13:00 PM)


    my absolute favourite written art ever! an equal dose of poetry and wisdom #WordsToLiveBy (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 9, 2015

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 20, 2016


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