Daily Archives: November 2, 2010


We are all meant to shine

In my last post, What do you know now?, I said I wished I could tell my thirteen year-old self to not shrink in her beauty, and thanked Marianne Williamson. It wasn’t until I read the following quote that I realized that girls all too often “play small” because they think it will make others feel better and less insecure with themselves. I just love how this quote reminds us that “we are all meant to shine.”

“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

Don’t be afraid to let your full light shine, and by doing so, giving those around you permission to do the same.

Possible Journal Topics:
1. What fears would you like to be liberated from?
2. How can you liberate those around you by eliminating your own fears?
3. Have you ever thought, “Who am I to be ___________?” What is stopping you from being whatever it is you wish to be?
4. How can you let your full light shine?