Our Deepest Fear

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

Allowing yourself to shine. photo by kendrajoysmith

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?… Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.

There’s 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 manifest the glory … within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson

Whenever I read this beautiful piece I feel inspired, exalted, as if I were 3 meters tall. I want to shine with all that I have in me and want to see “shining” people all around me: people who don’t wear masks, who dare being who they are, people who feel good and deserves love and respect and who treat their fellow men with respect.

So why don’t I see more people around me shining?

Fear is the first emotion we have and the most important one, since it’s a life saving emotion: it teaches us to stay away from danger.

But what happens when we become hyper-sensitive and we identify innocent things as danger? That is one of the reasons why human beings have many fears and in the future I will try to address some of them.

But I wanted my first blog- post to be about the kind of fear which is mentioned above. And that is because I believe that overcoming this fear will allow us to have wonderful life: because when we won’t be afraid to feel deserving we will be able to be happy.

An analyst would try to give reasons as to why we have this fear:

Maybe we don’t want to stick out because we want to be just like anyone else. Or perhaps it’s because we’re afraid people will be jealous of us and therefore won’t love us. Or could it be the famous Judeo-Christian culture which raised us to be modest and humble and reject compliments?

But I’m not an analyst and I feel sad about so many people in this world who try to play down their virtues and qualities, try to blend in, “be just like everyone else”.

when you are a king. photo by bocavermelha-l.b.

None of us is just like “everyone else” – we are all unique and special. But we’re afraid this will make us lonely, isolated: if I’m unique than I don’t have anything in common with other people. Of course this isn’t true and we have a lot in common with other people, but it is our uniqueness which enriches our relationships and the world.

How wonderful would it be if this world will be full of people who walk tall and don’t need to make anybody small in order to feel good about themselves.

People who feel sure about themselves and therefore are calm, pleasant and generous.

I hope you give yourself permission to shine and be proud to be who you are, allowing yourself to be special and allowing the world to enjoy your uniqueness.

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