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Our Deepest Fear or Inspiration

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I was polishing up my Statement of BEing and thought of the great writing by Marianne Williamson that Nelson Mandela used in his inauguration speech… “Our Deepest Fear”. I reworded it to make it a powerful affirmation. Or actually it is a powerful statement of our truth.

The original is so impactful:

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.

Rewording it to be a statement of our truth:

My deepest knowing is that I am more than adequate. My deepest knowing is that I am powerful beyond measure. It is my light, not my darkness, that inspires my life. I claim God’s Truth for my life: I am brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous. How can I not be as a child of God? Playing small in the past has never worked. I now play large to serve the world. My expansive consciousness allows those around me to feel secure and powerful. I am meant to shine as all God’s children do. I am born to manifest the glory of God that is within me. It’s in me; it’s in everyone. As I let my light shine I have given other people permission to do the same. As I am liberated from fear and embrace personal freedom my presence automatically liberates others.

One reply on “Our Deepest Fear or Inspiration”

I really like this exercise! Thank you for sharing it. Language is so powerful. Why not reword lovely things into powerful, self-orientated affirmations.

It would also be interesting to play with affirmation-izing negative statements by using the positive intent in the statement. Change: “Our country is in trouble” to “Our country chooses abundance” or “I choose abundance.”

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