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Attributes of Compassion

Our Greatest Fear

A few days ago we featured the poem below by Marianne Williamson on our Charter Facebook page.  One of our supporters, Catharina Hemberg, introduced us to Bothlale, a young South African poet who expressively read Marianne Williamsson's words and then presented one of her own poems.

Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
but that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and 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 were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine,
we consciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

~ Marianne Williamson (July 8, 1952) is a spiritual teacher, author and lecturer.




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