Last week I went to watch an assembly at Ava Blu’s School. It was an Oratorical in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There were 35 students plus two second grade classes that participated in the assembly to a full house. I was so impressed with how these students had the courage to take the stage and recite some truly amazing poems and literally pieces by the likes of Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and Marianne Williamson. My goodness I don’t think I knew the works of any of these amazing folks till I was in college and some not until much much later!! Two students actually recited the same passage from Marianne Williamson‘s A Return to Love that I think rings true for so many, myself included that I’d like to share it with you here:
“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.”
© Marianne Williamson, 1992 Found in “A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles” Harper Collins, Chapter 7, Section 3, 1992.