Our Deepest Fear

Ignite Life
February 16, 2014

Yesterday I facilitated my own Ignite Art Therapies workshop that was sparked by a reflection that appears regularly in my life, usually at a time when I need to listen to its essence. It is often thought that these words came from Nelson Mandella as his philosophy aligned so well with Marianne Williamson’s ‘Our Deepest Fear’ – the feature of tonight’s Ignite Life.

It is synchronistic that this reflection appears like a message from the universe when I need to listen and take notice. The first couple of sentences particularly stand out to me. Whether we are conscious of it or not, it raises the question why being successful, happy and content can be so damn scary. How do we develop a self belief that means we hide from our greatness and play small. Williamson reflects that we are all full of enormous potential and possibility, so I am going to keep it simple for this week… to be aware of how much we stop ourselves and get in our own way of achieving what we want or who we want to be. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we take notice of our language, thoughts and intentions and keep them in a context that says I am worthy, I embrace my greatness and will be my true wonderful self. Who knows what might happen if this became what we do every day. please take the time to read the poem below, absorb its message and how it relates to you. I would be interested to hear your reflections.

wishing you a week of shining brightly, embracing your brilliance and igniting life



“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 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.”