As We Are Liberated


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 is nothing enlightened about shrinking so others

won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is

within us.

It is 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 and as we are liberated from our own fear,

our presence automatically liberates others.


1994 Inaugural speech by Nelson Mandela