Our Deepest Fear

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 and fabulous? 

Actually, who are you not to be? 

You are a child of God. 

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. 

There’s 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’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. 

 

Marianne Williamson, ~ From A RETURN TO LOVE by Marianne Williamson 1992 (Paperback; pp 190-191)

(originally attributed to Nelson Mandela's 1994 Inaugural Speech in error)

 


Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled
as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive:
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying
that we are born to eternal life.

-St. Francis of Assisi

 


 Second Stanza of the Great Invocation

Let the Lords of Liberation issue forth.
Let Them bring succour to the sons of men.
Let the Rider from the secret Place come forth,
And coming, save.
Come forth, O Mighty One.

Let the souls of men awaken to the Light,
And may they stand with massed intent.
Let the fiat of the Lord go forth:
The end of woe has come!
Come forth, O Mighty One.
The hour of service of the Saving Force has now arrived.
Let it be spread abroad, O Mighty One.

Let Light and Love and Power and Death
Fulfill the purpose of the Coming One.
The Will to save is here,
The Love to carry forth the work is widely spread abroad.
The Active Aid of all who know the truth is also here.
Come forth, O Mighty One and blend these three.
Construct a great defending wall.
The rule of evil now must end.