Who Are You to Not Let Your Light Shine?

nelson mandela's light

Some inspirational words continue to inspire you every time you hear them.

“Our Light” from Marianne Williamson has that power. The words are from her best selling book – A Return to Love (Amazon UK / Amazon USA)

I have heard these words said aloud on many occasions now and I still get goose bumps every time.

Nelson Mandela is said to have used some of these words, either during his inauguration as South African president, or soon after. But there is no record of this in any of his official speeches.

However, these are probably the sort of sentiments he would have shared. And it makes a good story :-).

These powerful words make us all realise once again just how powerful and amazing we all are:-

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 frightens us.

We ask ourselves

Who am I to be so brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually who are we not to be?

You are a child of the universe…

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.

There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that others won’t feel insecure around you,

We are all meant to shine, as children do,

We are born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It is not just in some of us; it is 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 fears, our presence automatically liberates each other.

So how will you let your light shine from today?

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  1. Truly beautiful! :-) Everytime I hear them my heart resonates with every word!

  2. Thank you so much for remembering. INSPIRING. Keep shining! Best wishes, John. p.s. What a weekend!

  3. RT @ArvindDevalia: Who Are You to Not Let Your Light Shine? http://bit.ly/bYrxBH Mr Mandela supposedly said these words.

  4. I love that quote! And accidentally, I was born on the same day as Marianne Williamson. The again, maybe there are no accidents :)

  5. Wow, these are very powerful words! Thanks Arvind…this is exactly what I needed to hear!

    “There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that others won’t feel insecure around you,”

    Hoping I’m one giant step closer to kicking the habit of protecting people and putting my desires on the back burner. Front burner makes me a better, stronger person, with so much more to give!


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